Psychological Medicine



Editorial Article

Chronotherapeutics (light and wake therapy) in affective disorders


ANNA WIRZ-JUSTICE a1c1, FRANCESCO BENEDETTI a1, MATHIAS BERGER a1, RAYMOND W. LAM a1, KLAUS MARTINY a1, MICHAEL TERMAN a1 and JOSEPH C. WU a1
a1 International Society for Affective Disorders, Committee on Chronotherapeutics in Affective Disorders

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wirz-justice a   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
benedetti f   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
berger m   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
lam rw   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
martiny k   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
terman m   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 
wu jc   [PubMed][Google Scholar] 

The Committee on Chronotherapeutics was recently formed by the International Society for Affective Disorders (ISAD), which has asked us to provide a consensus review of chronotherapeutics (light and wake therapy) in affective disorders. We consider these non-pharmaceutical, biologically based therapies to be potentially powerful adjuvants ready for clinical application. We also stress the need for additional studies, both in-patient and out-patient, to broaden the evidence base for indications and efficacy.

(Published Online March 10 2005)


Correspondence:
c1 Centre for Chronobiology, University Psychiatric Hospitals, Wilhelm Klein Strasse 27, CH-4025 Basel, Switzerland. (Email: anna.wirz-justice@unibas.ch)


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