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Light As Medicine Against Depression: 2

October 31st, 2009

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Now that we have touched base on depression and what it can actually do to you, let’s go ahead and switch gears and move over to some of the effects that light can actually help you with.  Light is definitely something that can heal – did you know that any living organism actually needs to have light around?

Light therapy is actually something that really – works.  How it works is that there is usually a certain device called a light box, which is a metallic structure that contains a tube of fluorescent lighting that is put behind a screen.  The dosage of the light exposure is actually very calculated by measuring the intensity and the length of the exposure.

Two to six hours a day is actually pretty good, for that is what will really make a different in your depression.

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Light As Medicine Against Depression: 1

October 30th, 2009

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With the way that the economy is right now and how slim money is – it seems that people are falling more and more into depression, especially if they are dealing with money issues.  Depression is something that can truly mess up your system and completely mess up your head – I know, because I have been living with depression forever now.

However, did you know that there is one thing that seems pretty simple that you can do to help elevate some of your depression?  Light – having a source of light is actually a great way to heal your body and mind and it does make you feel … better.

In the next blog, we are going to talk about the dosage of light that you might need and how light can help you in the long run.

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Don’t Drive Under the Influence of Anti-Depressants

March 16th, 2009

A study made by researchers from the University of South Dakota concludes that people who suffer from depression and are taking antidepressants are not so good behind the wheels compared to those not taking medication.

The research involves around 60 individuals and a series of measures to test their driving skills. There were individuals who were taking medications but were not depressed and there was a group that was depressed and takes antidepressants. They concluded that the antidepressant doesn’t go well with driving a car.

The result is alarming because of the increased intake of antidepressant drugs such as Prozac by Americans. Recent statistics showed that the consumption of antidepressants in the U.S. has tripled in the last ten years. To look at the figures and grasp the idea, 1 of every 10 women in the US is taking antidepressants.

Health experts remind everyone that those taking antidepressants must be aware of the different effects of the drugs. They will have significant effects on one’s work, studies, or social life. Driving skills are also affected when under the influence of antidepressants.

The University of Dakota researches asked subjects to go through a series of test simulating real life driving. This included stopping on traffic signs, reacting to obstacles like pylons, pedestrians, or animals, and other challenges while steering the vehicle.

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