Week 14 Psychopharmacology (Complementary Treatments)

Please see attached, this is a reply post to a discussion

Week 14 Discussion 2: Complementary Treatment Reply Post #1

Response Post

1. Review two of your peers’ second posts and create a response for each. What did you find interesting? Is this something you would recommend to a patient? If you would like more information, please describe.

2. Your responses should include evidence of review of the course material through proper citations using APA format.

Jennifer Olsen – Thursday, 28 November 2019, 4:28 AM

 

Week 14 Discussion: Non-Herbal Topic for the Complementary Treatment Assignment

Bright Light Therapy

Bright light therapy is a treatment shown to have mental health benefits for many disorders such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sleep disorder, jet lag, sleep disorders, dementia, and various types of depression. Artificial white light has shown to be a highly effective SAD treatment. The main feature of SAD is that the onset and the remission of the change in mood occurs at the same time each year. The most common type of SAD pattern occurs in the fall and continues through the winter and then remits in the spring or summertime (Avery, 2019). The bright light treatment can be initiated prior to the normal onset of depression in effort to avoid depressed mood and maintain or improve motivation.UpToDate guidelines suggests that approximately 60 percent of patients with SAD have response or remission from light box treatment (Avery, 2019).  Research indicates that bright light therapy has growing recognition as a beneficial treatment for many conditions or disorders such as preventing the worsening of fatigue during chemotherapy. (Johnson, Garland, Carlson, Savard, Simpson, Ancoli-Israel & Campbell, 2018).

Bright light therapy is mediated through the eyes. This type of therapy is measured by intensity(lux), time of day, wavelength and the duration of exposure. Bright light therapy is administered through a commercially made light box device that uses fluorescent bulbs. The recommended amount of intensity is 10,000 lux for 30-60 minutes per day. It is important for clinicians to educate individual’s that are looking to buy a light box to buy a high- quality product with features that filter out ultraviolet rays that could harm the eyes and skin (Mayo Clinic, 2019). Another risk associated with homemade or cheap products are electrical hazards. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when using a light box. First, when the patient is sitting, position the box so that the patient receives 10,000 lux, the box should be positioned to avoid glare in a downward position. Glancing at the box is not harmful but looking directly at the light is not recommended. Second, it is usually best to use the bright light treatment at the same time every day. The treatment should be scheduled at a regular time each day. For the most part, early mornings (when the patient wakes up) is the recommended timing. Light box treatment should be avoided in evening hours because it can interfere with sleep patterns (Avery, 2019). The Mayo Clinic (2019) suggests using the light box treatment with caution in bipolar patients because it could trigger mania in some individuals.

One big advantage of light box treatment is that it is safe for most individuals, easy-to use and easy-to-access (Johnson, Garland, Carlson, Savard, Simpson, Ancoli-Israel & Campbell, 2018). The light box comes in various sizes most are small enough to sit on a table, nightstand or a desk. This allows a lot of flexibility for how and when it can be used. Individuals can read, be on computer, watch TV, or eat during light box therapy. The light box is readily available at several drugstores and other stores. Currently on Amazon, there are several different types of light boxes available. Most of the light boxes are priced between $30.00- $40.00. However, prices go upward to $100 for the smaller styles and over $200 for the floor lamp style. One product that I found interesting is the light therapy alarm clock. The person using the device can put in the time they would like to awaken and then 30 minutes prior to the alarm notification, the bright light slowly begins brightening the room.

Week 14 Discussion 2: Complementary Treatment

Value: 100 points

Due: Create your initial post by Day 5, and reply to at least two of your classmates by Day 7.

Grading Category: Discussions

Initial Posts

At this point: You should have chosen and posted your non-herbal complementary treatment topic, and completed the complementary assignment.

For this discussion

1. Post a brief two-paragraph summary of your findings based upon your answers from the Complementary Treatment assignment.

2. Your response should include evidence of review of the course material through proper citations using APA format.

3. Use the Posting to the Discussion Forum instructions below.

Response Post

1. Review two of your peers’ second posts and create a response for each. What did you find interesting? Is this something you would recommend to a patient? If you would like more information, please describe.

2. Your responses should include evidence of review of the course material through proper citations using APA format.

Please refer to the Grading Rubric for details on how this activity will be graded.

The described expectations meet the passing level of 80%. Students are directed to review the Discussion Grading Rubric for criteria which exceed expectations.

The topic I wrote on was laughter yoga.

 
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