10 patient evaluations for Light Therapy (Phototherapy)

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Dec 1, 2018 (Started Nov 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for seasonal affective disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Did NOT seem to help my depression.

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 18, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seasonal affective disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3 times a week
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Apr 24, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seasonal affective disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 times a week
Advice & Tips: I have had Seasonally Affected Depression since I was a kid when my grades always dropped in the January-March grading period.  Now living in the NW where winter nights are long and days are often dark, my full-spectrum light has really helped especially when adding 400 units of daily liquid Vitamin D each day in the winter.  Caution:  the cheap lights don't work as well. 
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 4, 2013 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry skin, itching, pustules, hyperpigmentation (skin darkening))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Cost: $200+ monthly

Mar 2, 2013 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jul 17, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dry skin, itching, pustules, hyperpigmentation (skin darkening))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Cost: $200+ monthly

Jul 11, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry skin, itching, pustules, hyperpigmentation (skin darkening))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Advice & Tips: I was having 4 treatments per week and things were going well. Within a month of dropping to twice weekly, I was almost as bad as when I started. Went back up to 4x/week, and showing positive results again.
Cost: $200+ monthly

May 25, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (dry skin, itching, pustules, hyperpigmentation (skin darkening))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Advice & Tips: Elevated mood
Cost: $200+ monthly

Feb 12, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psoriasis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (dry skin, itching, pustules, hyperpigmentation (skin darkening))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: M,W,F
Advice & Tips: Treatment is somewhat of a burden because I live 40 minutes away from where I have to go 4 mornings a week, and the treatment currently only lasts 20 seconds.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 29, 2012 (Started Oct 13, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seasonal affective disorder (SAD))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 29, 2012 (Started Oct 27, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Gives me more energy throughout the day, makes it easier to wake up in the morning during winter months

Apr 15, 2012 (Started Oct 27, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 20, 2011 (Started Sep 09, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Promote relaxation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Personal enjoyment / entertainment)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 14, 2010 (Started Nov 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for insomnia)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for fatigue)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 5, 2009 (Started Feb 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seasonal affective disorder (SAD))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Daily
Advice & Tips: The impact on my life was enormously positive. This was before I discovered that my Vitamin D deficiency was the root cause for my general condition. Seasonal Affective Disorder was just the most severe part of my overall depression with anxiety. Keeping a regular sleep cycle is, I believe, essential for treating depression, and light therapy is quite effective for this. I have come to know that sleeping late is a disaster with depression, and light therapy (including dawn simulation) is crucial especially in the Winter if you live in a Northern latitude. Cost is just the one-time purchase of the full-spectrum (or blue light) light box and the dawn simulator. I have one of these for when I travel http://www.consumer.philips.com/c/light-therapy/hf3332_60/prd/us/
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 15, 2009 (Started Feb 10, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seasonal affective disorder (SAD))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 10 min Daily
Advice & Tips: 1) requires commitment and faith at first, 2) benefit was far beyond what I expected, 3) impact was significantly positive
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 18, 2008 (Started Nov 15, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seasonal affective disorder (SAD))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2006 (Started May 16, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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