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Chronotherapeutics: An alternative treatment of juvenile depression.
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PMID:  24468576     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Chronotherapeutic treatments, such as bright light therapy, sleep deprivation and sleep phase advance have successfully been established for the treatment of adults with seasonal and major depression. Today, sleep deprivation is supposed to be the fastest acting antidepressant we know of. Combined with bright light therapy, the antidepressive effect can be sustained. Notwithstanding, the effect of sleep deprivation and bright light therapy has not yet been studied in adolescents suffering from juvenile depression. However, because of its growing prevalence rates and the insufficient outcomes of established treatments, such as medication and psychotherapy, alternative treatments of juvenile depression are urgently needed. Furthermore, a high percentage of patients suffer from sleep disorders. Along with their large positive impact on sleep patterns and antidepressive effects, chronotherapeutics are thought to be powerful interventions for patients with juvenile depression. The present study investigates the additional benefit of sleep deprivation combined with bright light therapy, as compared to mere bright light therapy. We hypothesize that both therapies have a positive impact on depressive symptoms and sleep parameters, but that a combined therapy enhances and sustains outcomes.
Stephanie Gest; Tanja Legenbauer; Sarah Bogen; Carina Schulz; Benjamin Pniewski; Martin Holtmann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-1-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical hypotheses     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2777     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Hypotheses     Publication Date:  2014 Jan 
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Created Date:  2014-1-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7505668     Medline TA:  Med Hypotheses     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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