The purpose of this study is to understand how different intensities of light impact the brain in individuals with and without depression (seasonal and non-seasonal forms). Participation involves a screening assessment that lasts up to one hour and a single brain MRI scan procedure at the Brown MRF facility (within one to two weeks).
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter. Some people refer to this as “winter blues” because the symptoms may resolve in spring or summer.
Signs and Symptoms
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression displaying a recurring seasonal pattern. Symptoms of the Winter Pattern of SAD include:
- Having low energy or fatigue
- Excessive sleeping or needing more sleep
- Weight gain
- Craving for carbohydrates
- Social withdrawal (feel like “hibernating”)
- Low mood or anxiety
- Generally healthy adults, age 18 to 65, with SAD symptoms that are moderate or severe.
- Normal vision or vision corrected with lenses or glasses.
- No contraindication to MRI scan (no surgically implanted metal)
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