Study Shows That Light Therapy Is More Effective Than Prozac For Treating Depression

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In most cases, what is misdiagnosed for clinical depression, is actually a dissatisfaction with one’s own personal space and environment, and sometimes factors that people do not even notice play a major role in their state of mind. One major factor that many people miss is light, which actually plays a crucial role in how we think and feel about our day. In fact, light is so important that millions of people suffer from a condition called “seasonal depression,” in which they become sad when the days are shorter, darker and more dreary. On some level, everyone is psychologically affected by their access to light, whether they realize it or not.

For many years, light therapy was used specifically for people who experienced seasonal depression, but now researchers are attempting to try this therapy for general depression and other related issues. In a recent study, it was actually discovered that light therapy was more effective than Prozac in treating depression.

According to the study:

Objective: To determine the efficacy of light treatment, in monotherapy and in combination with fluoxetine hydrochloride, compared with a sham-placebo condition in adults with nonseasonal MDD. Bright light treatment, both as monotherapy and in combination with fluoxetine, was efficacious and well tolerated in the treatment of adults with nonseasonal MDD. The combination treatment had the most consistent effects.

Design, Setting, and Participants Randomized, double-blind, placebo- and sham-controlled, 8-week trial in adults (aged 19-60 years) with MDD of at least moderate severity in outpatient psychiatry clinics in academic medical centers. Data were collected from October 7, 2009, to March 11, 2014. Analysis was based on modified intent to treat (randomized patients with ≥1 follow-up rating). Patients were randomly assigned to (1) light monotherapy (active 10 000-lux fluorescent white light box for 30 min/d in the early morning plus placebo pill); (2) antidepressant monotherapy (inactive negative ion generator for 30 min/d plus fluoxetine hydrochloride, 20 mg/d); (3) combination light and antidepressant; or (4) placebo (inactive negative ion generator plus placebo pill).

In study, when they talk about “Fluoxetine” they are speaking of the active ingredient in the popular anti-depressant Prozac.

The study suggested that patients use Prozac along with light therapy, however, Prozac is known to have adverse side effects, while light therapy is a much safer alternative.

The most over prescribed, unnecessary and problematic drugs on the market today are antidepressants, ADHD medication and opiate-based painkillers. Clinical depression and attention deficit disorder are both fabricated conditions that were made up by the pharmaceutical industry to create a new market where they could push more of their dangerous and ineffective drugs. The medications that are currently on the market for these conditions have extremely harsh side effects and very low rates of success, yet they are still over-prescribed by thousands of doctors.

People are depressed because they live in a society where injustice and exploitation run rampant, not because they are “sick and need medication“. This medication is even known to make people feel more depressed and in extreme cases even lead to suicide or violent outbursts. Clinical ADHD is also a myth, children are supposed to be hyperactive, playful and disorderly, this is no “sickness”. The drug companies wish to create a culture where everyone can be labeled with some kind of sickness that will require them to be on maintenance medication. On an even deeper level, the establishment promotes these drugs because it makes the population easier to maintain, especially if they are drugged from an early age.


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