Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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I Get Depressed Every Winter

Friday, 17 Feb 2012 11:00 AM

Dear Dr. Hibberd:
I am a 57 year old woman who lives in Minnesota. I get depressed every winter. A friend suggested that I buy a light box. I hate to waste my money if this is ineffective. Do you think light boxes are worthwhile?

Answer:
Light therapy is a way to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) by exposure to artificial light. Light therapy isn't effective for everyone. But you can take steps to get the most out of your light therapy and help make it a success. Talk to your doctor before purchasing a light therapy box. That way you can be sure your light box is safe, the right brightness and that its features make it convenient to use. Use your light box everyday, regularly during the winter.

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