Chapter

The habitat

Timo Partonen

in Seasonal Affective Disorder

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544288
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754593 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199544288.003.0024
The habitat

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Seasonal variations in mood are common in the general population, and therefore are relevant to public health. This may provide a rationale for plans to administer to the general population light exposures that have an intensity similar to light therapy. New technological innovations, for example using light-emitting diodes, and intelligent designs may bring such applications into public use in the near future. Not only seasonal variations in mood, but also poor illumination levels at home or in the workplace may have a negative effect on the quality of life for general and mental wellbeing specifically. Therefore, lighting standards that influence both the choice of lighting technologies and the design of environments need to be developed and implemented.

Chapter.  2775 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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