For 20 years, bright white light therapy has been used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Studies have shown that it is as effective as antidepressant medication, and sometimes even more effective. The standard dose is to sit in front of a 10,000 lux light for thirty minutes in the morning. Lux refers to the intensity of the light. A bright sunny day is 50,000 lux, regular indoor lighting is 100 lux. Drawbacks to 10,000 Lux Light Therapy There are possible side effects, (see below) though for most people, they are minor. People may find it difficult to set aside
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