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How to choose a light box; what precautions to take
The best advice is to work with your clinician to select the type of bright light therapy that suits your individual needs and minimizes any risks. A few pointers follow.
A bright light box is designed to mimic the type of intense light you get outdoors. Merely sitting in front of a lamp at home won't alleviate symptoms.
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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.
Conflicts can be resolved more successfully by acknowledging the
importance of emotions. Try to focus on the core concerns of both
parties and view them positively in light of the larger issues.
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.
More primary care physicians and internists are prescribing
antidepressant medications, and the overall number of
prescriptions is on the rise.
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.
According to an analysis of appointment data, psychiatrists are
spending less time on psychotherapy with their patients. This is
due mainly to health care bureaucracy and increased prescription
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.