Patients with bipolar disorder have recurrent major depression, residual mood symptoms, and limited treatment options.
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Daily exposure to bright white light at midday significantly decreased symptoms of depression and increased functioning in people with bipolar disorder, a recent Northwestern University study found..
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Remission occurred for more than 68 percent of patients who received midday bright light therapy. They achieved a normal level of mood, compared to 22.2 percent of patients who received a dim placebo light. Having a higher remission rate means a patient experiences minimal depression symptoms and returns to normal functioning.

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