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What does 10,000 lux mean?


There’s an age-old proverb some of you may have heard: 10,000 lux a day keeps the doctor away. Maybe you haven’t heard that, and that’s okay! Because there’s one thing most people who are new to light therapy are wondering: what does 10,000 lux actually mean? Let’s put 10,000 lux into perspective. Light therapy uses […]

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Depression’s Tipping Point


Someday, a smart phone app that asks what you’re feeling 10 times a day may be able to tell you if you’re edging closer to depression—and recommend that you seek preventive therapy or drugs. Scientists have discovered that how quickly someone bounces back from negative feelings, over hours or days, can predict whether that person […]

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Surprising Causes of Winter Depression


When the weather turns cold and daylight hours dwindle, it’s easy to blame seasonal affective disorder (SAD) for a blue mood. But chances are, there’s a whole lot more to your SAD story. Before you flip on a light box, make sure these other seasonal mood-busters aren’t dragging you down. You’re not moving enough Cold […]

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Feeling S.A.D This Winter?


Seasonal affective disorder, aptly abbreviated as SAD, is a type of seasonal depression characterised by low mood in the winter months. This year, about 20% of the population will be affected by ‘sub-syndrome SAD’, colloquially known as the winter blues. In these cases, the symptoms of SAD are felt to some degree but are manageable. However, for 2% of the population, SAD can be […]

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Shorter Days Can Trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder


Many people feel down in the dumps or not like themselves during the winter. This may be a sign of a serious medical problem commonly referred to as seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Psychiatrists classify SAD as major depression with seasonal pattern, which means that the person tends to experience episodes of depression during the […]

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