What is Sunshine?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications

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See also: Sun Chlorella A Sun for Vitamin D

Sunlight triggers an increase in the brain chemical serotonin. Serotonin controls sleep patterns, body temperature, sex drive, and also lifts your mood and wards off depression. Some people are extra sensitive to the lack of sunshine in the winter and may experience Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 16 3
General health 11 6
Pain 9 3
Multiple Sclerosis 4 3
Vitamin D deficiency 4 0
Anxious mood 2 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Sunshine

Side effect Patients
Migraine headaches 2
Social anxiety 1
Sunburn 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Sunshine

Dosage Patients
1 other daily 1
5 hr daily 1
15 min daily 1
30minutes as needed 1
4hours as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Sunshine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently using Sunshine

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 3

Stopped using Sunshine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 4
Usually 10
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 9
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 6
Not specified 12
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5 patient evaluations for Sunshine

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Hope_In_Christ
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Hope_In_Christ
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 28
Condition: Central Sensitivity Syndrome 7 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: b
I have:
Central Sensitivity Syndrome

See Hope_In_Christ's full Sunshine history

Jun 13, 2011 (Started Apr 01, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for General health)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3 hr Weekly
Advice & Tips: CRPS is improving, allowing me to spend short amounts of time in the sun.

  • 0 helpful marks
gmp1968
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gmp1968
Sex: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: mild
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: none
Walking: none
I am: g
I have:
MS

See gmp1968's full Sunshine history

Aug 17, 2010 (Started Aug 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Recomended by my Dr. due to vitamin D deficiency)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 20 min Daily
Advice & Tips: Must use sunblock on face & chest especially

  • 0 helpful marks
Edward56
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Edward56
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Moderate
63 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar I

See Edward56's full Sunshine history

Jun 11, 2010 (Started May 01, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 hr Daily
Advice & Tips: To me getting out in the sunshine improves my mood, I guess because of the warm feeling and the bright light. The more of my body I let the sunshine on me the better I feel.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 27, 2010 (Started May 01, 1972)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 hr Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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