Wake therapy (staying up all night) for depression

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After a reader pointed me to a New York Times article on chronotherapy -- using light exposure and waking times to affect mood -- I ordered one of the publications it referred to: Chronotherapeutics for Affective Disorders: A Clinician's Manual for Light and Wake Therapy. The manual's authors, three clinical researchers/professors in psychiatric neuro-stuff in Italy, Switzerland, and New York, have been experimenting with chronotherapy on hospitalized bipolar and depressive patients. They themselves do not use prescription drugs in their treatment, but their patients' other psychiatrists and doctors often do, so the manual includes guidelines on how to incorporate meds into each treatment. Among the many topics the authors cover -- bright light therapy, melatonin, and generally futzing with a person's circadian rhythms in multiple ways -- they mention that…
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