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Phototherapy in subsyndromal seasonal affective disorder (S-SAD) and "diagnosed" controls.

Abstract

Antidepressant and energizing effects of bright light exposure have been widely reported to occur in patients with seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In order to evaluate whether other segments of the population might also benefit from this treatment, we studied 20 normal individuals with mild SAD-like symptoms (subsyndromal SAD, S-SAD) and 20 with no reported seasonal difficulties (non-S-SAD). Whereas S-SAD individuals benefited from phototherapy, non-S-SAD normals did not. This finding raises the questions of whether a history of seasonal problems might be a marker of vulnerability to affective episodes and if S-SAD individuals might be considered as a high risk population in this regard.

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    Pharmacopsychiatry 21:6 1988 Nov pg 428-9

    MeSH

    Adult
    Female
    Humans
    Male
    Middle Aged
    Mood Disorders
    Phototherapy
    Seasons

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    3244785