Depression is something a lot of us have to, unfortunately, struggle with on a day-to-day basis. It can be a lifelong battle to overcome the mental illness which affects approximately 300 million people worldwide. Thankfully there have been tremendous advancements made in mental health in the last few decades that give us better tools to deal with it.
Just like how different people have different types of depression, there are also various ways to help slowly beat this illness. So if you are someone who suffers from depression, take the time to educate yourself on the subject and the helpful methods available.
What is Depression?
The most basic and straightforward description of depression is that it's a mental illness that affects a person's mood in a negative way. By that, we mean it creates a negative mindset that can be directed towards the way someone looks at themselves, the world, their feelings, and overall mental state.
Depression can be inherited genetically, a side effect of a traumatic experience, or even the causes of seasonal changes. Serious causes of depression can even lead to eating disorders, irregular sleeping patterns, and suicide in some cases. But It is a relatively common mental illness, and thankfully it can be treated in multiple ways.
What is Green Light Therapy?
As stated above, there are many different ways people have researched and developed to help the fight against depression throughout the years. One of these methods we will be focusing on is light therapy, specifically green light therapy.
Unlike the other options available to treat depression, light therapy, in general, is one of the only non-invasive and non-pharmacological means available currently. By this, we mean that no surgeries are required with light therapy, and no drugs are prescribed - it's completely natural.
Green light therapy uses special UV or green light from its device to shine on the patient for 30 to 60 minutes a day. This has been proven to increase the mood of the receiver and prevent them from falling into deep seasonal depression for example.
This ingenious light therapy counters the dark grey skies and overall lack of light we experience during the colder months.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms of depression listed below, you should consider green light therapy:
- Irritable mood
- Lack of concentration
- Low energy
- Weight gain
How Green Light Therapy Works to Treat Depression
The way it works is by first placing the green light device somewhere in your home that you can spend some time in front of - a minimum of 30 minutes a day. High-quality green light therapy devices come with a timer; however, if not, make sure to have a timer to set the specific amount of time and guarantee your full daily dose.
It's recommended that it be used in the morning to receive the full benefits, as it will help you regulate your sleeping pattern. Make sure the device is off to the side of your body, use it more as a background light source for the room, and do not sit directly next to it. Before using a green light therapy device, make sure to consult your doctor prior.
Luckily, Kaiyan Medical produces MDSAP-certified and FDA-approved light therapy products and devices for your own at-home treatment or even for your patients. We've worked hard to provide solutions for both patients and healthcare practitioners, catering to various needs. Whether you're looking to private label your own light therapy devices or for home use, contact our team, as we would love to help you through your light therapy journey.