Answered By: Sophie Firby Last Updated: Jan 16, 2017 Views: 1065
Millennium, St. James-Assiniboia, St. Boniface and the West End Libraries offer full-spectrum therapy lamps to support people in Winnipeg who struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a form of depression, and symptoms can range from a lack of motivation to, in extreme cases, suicidal ideation. Light therapy, in addition to other therapies, has been shown to help people with SAD. Access to these lights allows people to test them and see if they help alleviate symptoms before they invest in purchasing their own units. People with SAD have shown improvement in as little as 20 minutes a day with the therapeutic effects of the light.
Note: Full spectrum lights are not for everyone, such as those with glaucoma, cataracts or bipolar affective disorder. Consult your family physician before considering light therapy.
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