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Wpływ fototerapii na samoocenę zaburzeń nastroju u dzieci i młodzieży niewidomej i słabowidzącej

Author(s): Beata Buraczyńska | Teresa Torlińska | Andrzej Rajewski

Journal: Neuropsychiatria i Neuropsychologia
ISSN 1896-6764

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 76;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: self-estimation | seasonal mood change | phototherapy | poorly-sighted children | blind children

Since seasonal affective disorder has its roots in the lackof sunshine, phototherapy seems to be the most effectivefor its treatment. Due to the shortage of sunshine duringwinter, people who are blind or poorly-sighted becomesocially limited and their biological cycles get shifted. Theaim of study was to evaluate the effects of bright lighttherapy on a self-estimation of blind and poorly-sightedchildren.Nine poorly-sighted children and six blind children wereexposed to bright light of intensity 3500 lux for30 minutes lasting morning exposure for 10 daysduring the autumn. All children filled in a Ziller self– estimation test.Self-estimation increased from baseline after lighttherapy in 73,3% of all children. Light therapy appearsto be an effective method improving not onlyself-estimation but also quality of life, both of thembeing dependent on seasonal mood changes of blind andpoorly-sighted children. Further clinical examinationsare required for the different light intensities to be usedwith blind and poorly-sighted children.

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