[Sleep deprivation as a predictor of response to light therapy in major depression].

@article{Heller2001SleepDA,
  title={[Sleep deprivation as a predictor of response to light therapy in major depression].},
  author={Ricarda Heller and Matthias Fritzsche and Heather Hill and H. Kick},
  journal={Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie},
  year={2001},
  volume={69 4},
  pages={156-63}
}
Light therapy (LT) is regarded as the treatment of choice for seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In nonseasonal depression the results of light therapy are nonconclusive. Sleep deprivation (SD), however, is effective in 50-60% of the patients with major depression. The predictive value of Total Sleep Deprivation (TSD) for the treatment outcome of antidepressiva has been already examined. Purpose of the present study was to test whether light therapy is more beneficial in TSD responders than in… CONTINUE READING

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