Bright Light Therapy for Mood Disorders including Bipolar Depression

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Bright Light Therapy for Mood Disorders including Bipolar Depression

Despite advances in the development of drug treatments for bipolar disorders (BD), effective treatments for depressed patients with BD remain limited. In this webinar, Dr. Sit will provide some history and background on bright light therapy for mood disorders and will present results from her clinical study on the efficacy of adjunctive bright light therapy at midday for bipolar depression. A key takeaway from her research was that after 4-6 weeks, 68.2% of patients who were treated with bright white light experienced full remission compared to only 22.2% of the patients assigned to the placebo unit. Dr. Sit will highlight other important findings and discuss possible directions for future research.

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Presented by 
Dorothy K.Y. Sit, M.D.
Dorothy K.Y. Sit, M.D.
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine / Asher Center for the Study and Treatment of Depressive Disorders

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2013, 2002 Young Investigator Grant

Moderated by
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein served as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association from 2012 - 2023.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.