Bright light therapy for seasonal affective disorder

Bright white light therapy has been used to treat seasonal affective disorder for more than 20 years. In this video, Dr. Michael Miller, editor in chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter, discusses how bright light therapy works. /video/MM_SAD_nov08_web.mov QuickTime movie [1.82 MB]Get QuickTime (Locked) More »

References for “New treatment options for seasonal affective disorder”

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References for “Treating ‘first-episode’ schizophrenia”

Bertelsen M, et al. "Five-Year Follow-Up of a Randomized Multicenter Trial of Intensive Early Intervention vs. Standard Treatment for Patients with a First Episode of Psychotic Illness: The OPUS Trial," Archives of General Psychiatry (July 2008): Vol. 65, No. 7, pp. 762–71. Freudenreich O, et al. "The Evaluation and Management of Patients with First-Episode Schizophrenia: A Selective, Clinical Review of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prognosis," Harvard Review of Psychiatry (Sept.–Oct. 2007): Vol. 15, No. 5, pp. 189–211. Gitlin M, et al. "Clinical Outcome Following Neuroleptic Discontinuation in Patients with Remitted Recent-Onset Schizophrenia," American Journal of Psychiatry (Nov. 2001): Vol. 158, No. 11, pp. 1835–42. (Locked) More »

Treating "first-episode" schizophrenia

In the treatment of first-episode schizophrenia, starting treatment as quickly as possible offers the best chance of relief from symptoms, but this is frequently complicated by difficulty in confirming the diagnosis. (Locked) More »

New treatment options for seasonal affective disorder

Light therapy is typically prescribed to treat seasonal affective disorder, but there are risks for certain people. Researchers are looking at making adjustments to the timing and duration of the therapy to try to reduce this risk. (Locked) More »

In brief: Suicidal thoughts in college

A survey of 26,000 college students, both undergraduate and graduate, found that about 10 percent had considered suicide in the previous year, but fewer than half of those had sought help or told anyone. (Locked) More »

Commentary: How undecideds decide

Research into how the brain makes decisions found that in people who say they are undecided on an issue, the unconscious part of the brain often makes a decision before the conscious mind is aware of it. (Locked) More »