During the late Autumn, Winter and early Spring, it is common for some individuals to suffer from what is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This disorder causes repeated depression-like episodes related to the seasons and has a prevalence in the United States anywhere from 1.5 to 9.0 percent, depending on latitude.
Recurrence prevention is key with SAD. Preliminary findings were that cognitive-behavioral tailored for treatment of SAD produced better outcomes than light therapy. This study tested that in a head-to-head comparison. Out of the 177 participants, 88 had six weeks of cognitive-behavioral therapy while the other 89 had light therapy. Then for two winters the individuals were checked back with to assess the recurrence of SAD.
There was no outcome after one winter. However, the second winter produced results. The cognitive behavioral therapy was found to be more helpful. That therapy was found to be associated with a smaller proportion of recurrences (27.3 percent compared to 45.6 percent).
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