Resources for Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD]

Posted on the Internet by Mary Jacobs.
Date: 01-22-95

Winter Depression (Seasonal Affective Disorder [SAD]) Information

Information About Light Sources

If the person is relatively needy of light:


Vitality Concepts, Inc.
Full Spectrum Lighting Specialists
Mary L. Okumura, President
1406 W. Summerdale Ave.
Chicago IL 60640-2116
(312) 275-1443
(800) 252-0220
FAX (312) 275-7997
(She can order anything for you and usually has it in stock so you get it in a few days. Costs a little more this way.)

Otherwise order directly from companies:

Environmental Lighting Concepts, Inc.
3923 Coconut Palm Drive #101
Tampa FL 33619
(813) 621-0058
FAX (813) 626-8790

(They have desk styles that fold up and are both intense and full-spectrum, *and* portable, so you can use them at work or on a computer station. They also have bulbs that screw into fixtures like an incandescent light. This appears expensive, but the bulb lasts for four years!)

Hughes Lighting Technologies (high-intensity box lights)
34 Yacht Club Drive
Lake Hopatcong NJ 07849
(800) LIGHT-25 (544-4825)
(201) 663-1214

Duro-Test (full-spectrum "Vita Light" fluorescent tubes)
9 Law Drive
Fairfield NJ 07007
(800) BUY-DURO
(201) 808-6622

Lights UL (full-spectrum lighting)
ATTN: Eldon Kurowski

The SunBox Company (also has a light visor and dawn simulator)
19217 Orbit Drive
Gaithersburg MD 20879
(800) LITE-YOU (548-3968)
(301) 869-5980

Apollo Light Systems Inc.
352 West 1060 South
Orem UT 84058
(800) 545-9667
(801) 226-2370

Bio-Brite, Inc. (light visor manufacturer)
7315 Wisconsin Ave. #1300 W
Bethesda MD 20814-3202
(800) 621-LITE (621-5483)
(301) 961-8557

National Organization for Seasonal Affective Disorder (NOSAD)
P. O. Box 40133
Washington DC 20016

For further information, see the book "Winter Blues" by Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D.

The "Winter Blues" book also lists physicians and programs in each state and internationally whom persons affected can contact directly.

Write, including a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Society for Light Research and Biological Rhythms
P. O. Box 478
Wilsonville OR 97070

Seasonal Studies Program
National Institute of Mental Health
Building 10, Room 4S-239
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda MD 20892
(301) 496-2141
(301) 496-0500

Sun Net
P. O. Box 10606
Rockville MD 20850

For information on climate, length of the day, amount of sunlight, temperature, contact:

The National Climatic Data Center
Federal Building
Asheville NC 28801-2733
(704) CLIMATE (254-6283)

Last Updated 04-Sept-02.

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