As someone who experiences Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), I welcomed the information by counsellor Diane Davis (Clouds roll in — and depression does the same, Record, Oct. 10).
I also can recommend a high-intensity lamp as treatment. However, this is no toy — it is a medical device!
I find that people who use these lamps do not know how to use them effectively, and that can create an unsatisfactory or negative result.
I suggest that anyone who uses or plans to use a SAD lamp first take a self-assessment test that will evaluate one’s circadian rhythms and prescribe the optimal times to use the lamp. Doctors/medical professionals take note, too!
The test can be found at www.usa.philips.com/c/circadian/178345/cat.