Library Journal - Library JournalIs a seasonal mood problem a real affliction or just a nuisance? According to practicing psychiatrist Rosenthal, whose views are supported by recent research at the National Institute of Mental Health, it is a legitimate and transient illness whenever it impairs functioning. The book is clear in its discussion of the gradations of disturbance between subsyndromal ``winter blues'' and the more severe Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as a variant of depression now affecting almost ten million people in the United States. Rosenthal recommends quenching our normal hunger for light in darker climates or seasons by means of phototherapy--a supplemental dosage of 2500 lux, 2 to 6 hours a day, using commonly available full-spectrum flourescent lights. An interesting summary of clinical research on the psychological effects of seasonality.--William Abrams, Portland State Univ. Lib., Ore.
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