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SAD depression and ocd - do the lamps help?

(11 Posts)
Baconyum Fri 27-Nov-15 03:47:42

I'm thinking of getting one of those lamps that's simulate sunshine as I think I have SAD in addition to (or maybe just a worsening of) my depression.

Also because I prefer more 'natural' remedies. I have medication but I'm terrible at taking it (I don't feel it helps much and don't like the way it makes me feel artificially 'up')

But not sure how the lamps react with ocd.

Anyone got any experience with this?

Also how do you talk yourself into taking your meds? I know I should take them but hate it.

limon Fri 27-Nov-15 18:09:23

Yes the lamps really do help I highly recommend them.

TheTigerIsOut Fri 27-Nov-15 18:11:54

Yes, they help but it depends on how many hours you use them a day otherwise is a waste.

Basically, the more expensive the lamp, the smaller amount of hours you need to sit in front of it. If you are using a computer for work, any SAD lamp will do, as you can have it next to the computer for as many hours as required.

Killairno Fri 27-Nov-15 18:12:54

There is scientific evidence that the lights can help with SAD.

I do not anticipate that there would be any interaction with OCD but I am not an expert about that.
Is there a reason you think it could affect your OCD?
The principle of the lamps is that they give you the exposure to light that is often lacking in winter in the UK due to cloudiness and short daylight hours.

christinarossetti Fri 27-Nov-15 18:13:02

I really struggle with the dark and have been wondering about this.

Can anyone recommend a brand of lamp?

MadauntofA Fri 27-Nov-15 18:15:39

I need a recommendation too - DH definitely has SAD so think one would be great for him.

TheTigerIsOut Sat 28-Nov-15 06:40:57

Mine is 10 years old, so I'm sure there will be better and less expensive products nowadays, but when you buy one, just check how many hours you need to be in front of them to get a benefit as it may not be compatible with your lifestyle. (And don't expect any miracles)

ProudAS Sat 28-Nov-15 07:00:32

I have mine shining on my work area when I'm at the computer. I think it helps.

Baconyum Sat 28-Nov-15 07:40:50

I don't work not well enough. Reason I asked about the OCD is it's tricky as to treat depression you stimulate but OCD is anxiety induced so needs calming (why I struggle to find meds that work).

TheTigerIsOut Sat 28-Nov-15 14:22:56

How much time di you spend in mumsnet? That is a good time to use the lamp too wink

Baconyum Sat 28-Nov-15 14:26:44

^too much! grin it helps my anxiety as it makes me think about others rather than focussing on me. Plus my sleep pattern is horrendous and I get very anxious in the early hours to the point it wakes me!

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