Light therapy in the clinical management of an eating-disordered adolescent with winter exacerbation
Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
Copyright © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 23, Issue 1, pages 93–97, January 1998
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Ash, J. B., Piazza, E. and Anderson, J. L. (1998), Light therapy in the clinical management of an eating-disordered adolescent with winter exacerbation. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 23: 93–97. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1098-108X(199801)23:1<93::AID-EAT12>3.0.CO;2-O
- Issue published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Article first published online: 6 DEC 1998
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 OCT 1997
- Nancy Rollins Anorexia Nervosa Research Fund
- winter months;
- bright light therapy;
- Beck Depression Inventory
A 17-year-old female followed for atypical eating disorder characterized by restriction was noted to worsen medically during winter months in each of 2 consecutive years. A trial of bright light therapy was initiated during the second admission. Within days of light treatment, the patient showed signs of clinical improvement in mood and eating. Within 1 month of light treatment, the patient's depression ratings decreased from a Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) score of 37 (severe) to 17 (mild/moderate). In addition, her eating improved moderately as revealed both by a slight decrease in Eating Attitudes Test (EAT) score (78 to 64) and by significant improvements in dietary intake and medical status. The present report suggests that light therapy may be a useful adjunct in the clinical management of eating-disordered youth who present with seasonal patterns of exacerbation. Controlled studies of light treatment in younger eating disorder populations are warranted. © 1998 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int. J Eat Dis, 23, 93–97, 1998.