Wake Therapy Helps Treat Depression _ ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ From the Journals Depression. It's as life threatening as diabetes Why didn't it last? or cancer. It can attack anyone, anytime No one knew for sure, so researchers put without reason. One in five of us will get it, wake therapy aside. Still, it happened over and your chances are twice as high if you're a and over again for thousands of patients. Then woman. It will devastate your life and those a new science emerged, called Chronobiology around you. (the study of how our body clocks work). Scientists discovered we each have a body Traditional Treatment clock that controls our daily energy and sleep Most people 'manage' their depression through cycles. Our body clocks also control the therapy and or medication. Relief is rarely production of serotonin and melatonin, both complete and medication almost always has substances implicated in depression. When unwanted side effects. we get depressed, our body clock can be a major factor. Amazing Discovery: From a woman, a bike and Germany The Long-term Answer Ursula had battled depression for years. Scientists knew that very bright light was the Unable to sleep, she got out and rode her bike only effective way to reset our body clocks. all night. In the morning she felt So, could they combine bright light and wake tremendously better. In fact, she couldn't therapy for long-term depression relief? In remember feeling this good. Immediately she 1996, an Apollo colleague at the University of told her doctor, who was also shocked. Sadly, Vienna did the first trial run. Participants when she woke up again the next day, her slept until 1:00am and then remained awake depression had returned. for the rest of the night and the next day. Just as before, they felt tremendously better, but From Ursula and thousands of others, doctors anticipated a complete relapse once they fell discovered that depression could be asleep. Not so this time. When they awoke completely reversed, but only for a day. Still again, they were exposed to bright light. No the result was nothing short of amazing, and depression. It had vanished. Several weeks although it only lasted a day, patients felt later it was still gone. tremendously better. In 2002, Apollo and researchers at UCSD Wake Therapy gave it a second try. Same results. Again in This treatment, known as wake therapy works 2003, a larger study revealed the same results: like this: You sleep until 1:00 AM. Then you Even after months, the depression is gone in wake up and stay awake all day. As long as most patients! Bright light and wake therapy you don't sleep, you feel great. You'll be are now offering an effective, tired, but you'll feel great. As soon as you go non-pharmacological solution to millions of back to sleep, the depression returns. people like Ursula.
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