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CBT May Be More Durable Treatment for SAD Than Light Therapy

Six weeks of cognitive-behavioral therapy sessions tailored for seasonal affective disorder (CBT-SAD) may lead to longer-lasting effects than those seen with light therapy, according to a recent study in AJP in Advance.Light therapy is a proven approach to treat acute SAD, but previous studies show that most patients fail to reinitiate light therapy in subsequent winters—leaving them vulnerable to the recurrence of depression. A recent analysis found CBT-SAD to be as effective as light therapy in alleviating depression associated with SAD, but it was unknown how long lasting these effects...


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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 9 November, 2015

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