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For those on the Sad spectrum, there are a variety of treatments available, the most popular being bright-light therapy, an artificial means of stimulating the brain’s neurotransmitters. “It’s very important to use a Sad-specific ultraviolet filtered light otherwise it can be dangerous,” says Levitan. “But it can really enable people with Sad to get their day started earlier and avoid oversleeping, which can be very depressogenic. It’s probably effective in providing symptom relief in around 80% of patients, particularly those with the carbohydrate craving, oversleeping symptoms. For the most severe patients, though, it may have to be combined with antidepressant therapy.”|
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However, psychiatrists urge patients to steer clear of some of the many alternative therapies on the market. “There’s a range of new technologies people are developing, such as an earplug that is supposed to radiate light into your brain, but there’s no science to prove that this actually works,” McMahon says. “However, there are some good additions to conventional light therapy and antidepressants, such as tryptophan, an amino acid that gets converted to serotonin in our bodies, which can be given as an add-on treatment.”