Light Therapy and Depression Archives

What is the 10000 Lux Light Box?

What is the 10,000 Lux Light Box and what is it used for?  This light lamp is used for light therapy for those suffering from Seasonal Affective disorder (SAD).  It is a lamp that simulates the sun rising and provides a specific type of light to help the pineal gland to activate, in turn, helping the body to produce melatonin and serotonin.

These 2 are essential for normal sleeping patterns – something disturbed in people with SAD.  By artificially stimulating the forehead using the lamp, these 2 hormones are produced in a natural manner, easing the syptoms of SAD.

If you suffer depression, or know someone in your family that does, then you know the roller coaster ride it can be.  You hate seeing your loved ones suffer and if you are the one with the disorder, then you know how alone and dark you can feel at times.  Everyone wants a solution.  For some, that is medication but more and more people are now looking for a holistic treatment for depression.

This can range from changing diet, adding exercise or magnetic therapy to retraining the brain with different responses to stimuli.  For some, medications add to the illness, giving side effects that just complicate life.  Going the natural way means that you have a chance at making life better or even finding a cure without foreign substances going into your body.

If you want to know more, read our holistic treatment for depression article.

Am I Showing Signs of Depression?

Some people who are feeling down or feeling anxiety are often misdiagnosed with depression.  And the same goes in the reverse.  Some people who have depression are misdiagnosed with anxiety or stress related symptoms.  So how do you know if you are showing signs of depression?

Although we all get sad from time to time, depression is much more than sadness.  It is a state or condition that is being provoked by some situation and events in life.  You will have lost interest in everything – even things that you may have been passionate about months earlier.  You will become withdrawn, preferring to remain in your room alone than to be with people; even those you love.

There are many signs of depression and it is important that if you think they describe you that you get medical help. It is important to seek medical help to obtain a correct diagnosis.  Then you can make the decision whether you want to take medication or pursue a natural course.

To learn more about the signs of depression, click here.

SAD Light Therapy and Depression

SAD Light Therapy is a form of light therapy for those suffering a particular type of depression – Seasonal Affective Disorder (more commonly known as SAD).  For people who live in countries where their winter climate is long and dull, or where they have long nights and short days, people can suffer from depression whereas they may find they don’t during summer, more brighter months.

This “seasonal” condition is due to the fact that there is limited or no sunlight.  Our bodies need sunlight to function properly.  Apart from getting the right nutrients from it, it also stimulates the production of melatonin and seratonin in the brain through stimulation of the pineal gland.

If you live in a dull climate or find you are continually depressed during the long winter months, you may want to read more about SAD light therapy here.

A New Treatment For Depression

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, you will be relieved to hear about a new treatment for depression.  Until now, there have been many medications available (and there still are) but some people worry about the side effects of those drugs and prefer a more natural approach.

While there are suggestions that meditation can assist those struggling with this condition, it takes a change of mind set and a set of strategies to put into place to change the way the body responds to stimuli.  Of course, you would need to see your doctor to see just what sort of depression you have.  If you clinical depression, then you will most likely need the medications at first to be able to cope with the illness.

If a natural approach is more your style, then there are several good books available to help guide you through the process of reconditioning your responses.

If you want to know more, then read our treatment for depression article.