Transcranial Bright Light Therapy in Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) (SAD3)

U

University of Oulu

Status

Completed

Conditions

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Treatments

Device: Transcranial placebo treatment
Device: Transcranial bright light therapy

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT01784705
VCT-003

Details and patient eligibility

About

Bright light therapy (BLT) has been found to be effective in treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The mechanism of action of conventional BLT in the treatment of SAD is under debate. Recently, transcranial bright light (TBL) via ear canals has been proved to modulate the neural networks of the human brain and improve cognitive performance in healthy subjects. Moreover, TBL has been found to alleviate symptoms of SAD in open trial. In this case the investigators will study the effect of transcranial bright light treatment via ear canals on depressive and anxiety symptoms in patients suffering from SAD in randomized controlled double-blind study design.

Enrollment

60 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18 to 65 years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • patient has (according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition, text revision [DSM-IV-TR]) a Major depression, recurrent episode, seasonal pattern
  • Structured Interview Guide for the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale - Seasonal Affective Disorder Version Self Rating Version (SIGH-SAD-SR) score ≥ 16
  • patient is over 18 years and under 66 years
  • patient can read and understand the subject information sheet
  • patient has signed the informed consent form
  • patient is not pregnant

Exclusion criteria

  • patient has a lifetime psychotic disorder
  • patient has a bipolar disorder
  • patient has alcohol or some other substance use dependence or misuse
  • patient has some unstable somatic disorder
  • patient uses some psychotropic agencies
  • patient is, in the opinion of the investigator, unsuitable for any reason
  • patient is a member of the site personnel or their immediate families
  • patient has administered bright light therapy via ear canals during the current episode

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Quadruple Blind

60 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Transcranial bright light therapy
Experimental group
Treatment:
Device: Transcranial bright light therapy
Transcranial placebo treatment
Placebo Comparator group
Treatment:
Device: Transcranial placebo treatment

Trial contacts and locations

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