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Light Therapy, Dark Therapy!

Posted by Andre Levy on November 14, 2006, at 0:32:12

In reply to Re: Sean/andrewb and Susan. Hints for your down days!, posted by Sean on August 9, 1999, at 12:18:56

You're right on the money, Sean. Have a look at these findings:

Dark Therapy

Bipolar Disorder, Light, and Darkness

> Thanks for the tips. From everything I've read,
> the AD's do quicken the cycle. I can actually
> feel my circadian clock shift earlier and earlier
> (usually my clock is getting later and later)
> and then I need to stop for a few days.
> The depression side is the main problem for me
> too. When I get hyper ideas, I just don't do anything
> for a couple of weeks. If it still looks good,
> then I pursue it. Of course by the time I realized
> my moods were driving everything, I'd already
> dropped in and out of grad school twice... I
> would be willing to bet most people with strong
> mood cycles have "colorful" academic histories.
> I gained lots of weight on Lithium, and it seemed
> to work better for the ups than the downs. The
> magic combo was Li + TCA for a while but I
> developed heart arrythmias, which while not life
> threatening, were not fun and gave me headaches
> from the changes in blood pressure or something.
> Am thinking about the light therapy thing. I'm
> pretty convinced that part of what is going on is
> a dysregulation of the circadian clocks, so
> anything that can help stabilize that might be
> key. It's always too much sleep or too little!
> Gotta go now,
> Sean.




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