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DizzyJgirl posted:
What are your feelings about using Light Therapy in bipolar people? I was interested in trying this to get me through the winter but read that bipolar people maybe shouldn't use them because it could make them manic? Though truthfully, the idea of mania seems better than depression.

I did talk to my pdoc about my depression but as usual, it comes down to my situation and more therapy was suggested.

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Joseph F Goldberg, MD responded:
Dear DizzyJGirl, In people who clearly have a seasonal pattern to recurrent depression, whether unipolar or bipolar, light therapy for half an hour each morning during fall/winter might be helpful. I know of no controlled studies showing that light therapy poses a greater risk for inducing mania than any other known treatment for depression. Dr. G.


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