Bipolar Disorder, Northwestern University, Sixty Eight Percent discussed on Morning Edition

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And we try not to obsessed about this too much but we really do get to work very early around here we don't get a whole lot of sunlight especially in the winter months so when you look around the news room you see these special lamps on some of our colleagues desks and people say that light therapy really does work research has shown that it can help with the prussian and as empires padding neiman reports there's some new evidence that light might even be able to help people with bipolar disorder some people call it a happy box is actually more like a computer monitor you sit in front of it for an hour a day and it helped secure the winter blues it's safe effective and relatively inexpensive so researchers at northwestern university wanted to know if it would work for people with bipolar disorder to sign kaya tryst dorothy set headed the study we usually ask people to sit in front of the box a distance of twelve to thirteen inches away into position the light at i love all it shines bright light that mimics us sunny day outside patients don't stare at the light they just have to sit in front of it they can certainly read read the paper journal on look at their bills now a word of caution the study was small fortysix patients half got the bright white light and half got a placebo that delivered a dim red light after four to six weeks said says the findings were impressive sixty eight percent of the patients improved with bright light therapy versus only twenty two percent of patients on the placebo box which means life therapy patients were actually three times more likely to see some tombs of depression disappear so they had returned to work there are able to look after um at home they were functioning back to their normal cell's again sig wants to see her findings duplicated in more studies and she says future research should measure internal body clocks to see whether slumps or upswings and energy affect bipolar depression and whether other brain changes occur and there's an important caveat for people with bipolar disorder the new study is intriguing but highly preliminary psychiatrist how do we.

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