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Chapter 28. Light Therapy

Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.; Dan A. Oren, M.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585622986.257853

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Although exposure to environmental light has been regarded as therapeutic since ancient times and artificial light has been recommended for a variety of conditions for more than 100 years, the use of visible light for a narrow and specific range of psychiatric conditions has been advocated only in the past 25 years. For a historical perspective, the interested reader is referred elsewhere (Rosenthal 2005; Wehr and Rosenthal (1989).

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Table 28–1. DSM-IV criteria for seasonal pattern specifier
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Table 28–2. Indications for light therapy

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