Bright Light Therapy for Mood Disorders including Bipolar Depression

Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 2:00 pm EDT
Meet the Scientist - September 2018

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

President and CEO

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 Award-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host of the series. The program, which is broadcast nationwide, focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.