Light therapy is a proven treatment for seasonal depression — and it might help with other forms of depression, too.

Light therapy — aka bright light therapy or phototherapy — is a type of therapy where you’re exposed to artificial light. It’s typically used for people with seasonal depression, sometimes known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

This type of depression usually occurs when there’s less natural light during the fall and winter months.

“Natural sunlight ranks best when it comes to emotional well-being. However, certain times of the year bring about shorter days and longer nights,” says Michele Leno, PhD, LP, a licensed psychologist and founder of DML Psychological Services, PLLC, in Detroit, Michigan.

“So light therapy is the next best thing for some,” Leno says. “While it may not cure depression or eliminate the need for therapy, a light therapy lamp can improve mood and energy.” . . . (read more)

SOURCE: Psych Central