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J Clin Psychiatry. 1991 Aug;52(8):336-7.

Bright light augmentation in antidepressant nonresponders.

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Mood Disorders Clinic, Toronto General Hospital, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study was designed to examine the potential benefit of the addition of bright lights to antidepressant treatment in depressed subjects.

METHOD:

Ten patients who presented during the winter months with major depression and who had failed an adequate trial of antidepressants or who had relapsed following a successful course of antidepressants underwent a 2-week course of bright light therapy.

RESULTS:

Augmentation with bright lights resulted in substantial improvement in 7 of the 10 patients.

CONCLUSION:

Bright light augmentation may provide a useful treatment alternative for patients with treatment-resistant depression.

PMID:
1869495
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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