Who would have thought that bright light is used as a therapy for some mental health disorders?
SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder was initially observed in 1845 but was only given its name in the early part of the 80s. Sunlight was found out to have an effect on the animal’s seasonal activities such as hibernation and reproductive cycles. This discovery was then linked to the occurrence of SAD in humans. This mood disorder was believed to be associated with the seasonal changes of light. This means that when seasons change, the circadian rhythm or the biological clocks inside our bodies change as well, causing them to slip away from our normal daily routines. Science believes that January and February are the months that most people with SAD find difficult to deal with.
Light therapy as a treatment of SAD comes as a choice. However, Switzerland light therapy is being looked upon as a medical treatment that is a far cheaper option than drugs and maybe more effective as well. In fact, light therapy in Switzerland has received endorsement from the government and is considered reimbursable by medical insurance companies.
SAD is a rarely-seen syndrome because only 10% of total SAD patients are brought to the hospitals. However, even with this, light therapy is still vastly used. Now, it has attained worldwide recognition as an effective alternative to drugs, although, nothing comes close to the fervor of the Swiss with the light therapy in Switzerland.
Light therapy in Switzerland and in other places around the globe have been used as treatments for other conditions as well, such as circadian disruptions and sleep disorders linked to shift work or jet lag. Other possible conditions that may be treated with light therapy are nonseasonal major depression, bulimia nervosa, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
One light therapy in Switzerland is the Bioptron Light Therapy System (BLTS). This system is of Swiss origin and is actually produced in the country as well. There are three various types of BLTS devices with regard to their sizes and design. However, this light therapy in Switzerland emits light with the same technical and physical characteristics.
If light therapy in Switzerland has been liberally accepted by its government enough for them to endorse it, and for the medical insurance to decide to reimburse it, then it’s probably safe to consider light therapy as a firsthand treatment option for SAD. Moreover, light therapy in Switzerland is also used as a pain treatment and wound healing. And with no known side effects, who wants to mess with other alternatives?