Seasonal affective disorder

Scientists have developed an unusual way of treating seasonal affective disorder, caused by a lack of sunlight - by shining light into the brain through the ears

The findings, presented at the recent International Forum for Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Budapest, Hungary, came from a study of 89 patients by researchers from Oulu University in Finland. They had tested the technique on 89 volunteers and found it eliminated depressive symptoms in three-quarters of them within 12 minutes of treatment.


Read these next

The basics - Seasonal affective disorder

SAD, caused by reduced light exposure in winter, requires...


MIMS Clinics

Prescribing news and resources for key therapeutic areas, collated by the MIMS editors.




Register for MIMS

Want to keep getting your free copy of MIMS? GPs will need to renew their subscription to keep receiving MIMS and GP for free in 2015. You can do this online now – take 2 minutes, and make sure you keep your free MIMS access!

Register

MIMS bulletins

News and updates straight to your inbox.

Prescribing Update: Fortnightly news bulletin
Spotlight: Disease-themed monthly round-up

Sign me up

MIMS Dermatology

Read the latest issue online exclusively on MIMS.

Read MIMS Dermatology

Mobile apps

MIMS: access the full drug database and quick-reference tables on the go

MIMS Diagnosis and Management: concise information on signs and symptoms, investigations and diseases

Promo Image

Clinical calculators

Handy calculators and conversions for primary care.