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Bright light therapy for bipolar depression. We used to recommend light therapy for people with bipolar disorder with caution. The reason for caution was that the light could trigger a manic episode in some people. With further research, we now see that light in the middle of the day (instead of the morning) improves bipolar depression.

In this video, I show we how light therapy is used to treat the depressed phase of bipolar disorder.

Video on Wake Therapy for Depression

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4. Geoffroy PA, Bellivier F, Scott J, Etain B. Seasonality and bipolar disorder: a systematic review, from admission rates to seasonality of symptoms. J Affect Disord. 2014;168:210-223.

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Cee Harmon is the founder of Elevate Christian Network and Elevate Your Potential Magazine. He enjoys helping people improve the quality of their lives - spirit, soul, and body.
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