October 24, 2014
Almost 75% of surveyed psychiatrists reported using bright light therapy in their practice, and all but one clinician prescribed it for patients with seasonal affective disorder in a recent study.
Researchers said a low response rate may have confounded the results for prescribing this therapy to treat SAD, which typically manifests itself in October for people living in the Northern Hemisphere. Researchers from the departments of psychiatry at Yale University and the Boston University schools of medicine emailed 5-minute surveys to 1,401 psychiatrists in Massachusetts. Of the 1,366 emails that were delivered, 197 psychiatrists responded to the survey.