Norman E. Rosenthal

n the 1980s first described winter depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and pioneered the use of light therapy for its treatment.

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Yes, my colleagues laughed, but I am not alone in being ridiculed for a novel idea. The German philosopher Schopenhauer put it best when he said: All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

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This is such a fascinating question and I don't believe I can do it justice in this format. However, it seems as though one's sexual identity and sexual preferences (same vs. other sex) are separately influenced, possibly by intrauterine hormones or by early experiences. So, one could see how you can get variations. There are clear cases of people feeling strongly that they are one or another gender from very early on. They can be psychologically healthy and well-adjusted. That cannot be said of someone who thinks he is a horse

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Some of my best friends are introverts. Introverts are among the most thoughtful people, the best listeners and the kindest people I know. It's just that they must reach out at least a bit so that others can appreciate their wonderful qualities

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Fascinating discussion. Most gay guys -- especially these days -- are OK with being gay (not that there aren't issues) but most consider themselves men. So, if someone thinks of himself as a woman there is probably something else going on rather than a denial of being gay, which has a retro Freudian feel to it (not to say it's wrong). But what a fascinating line of reasoning. Your colleagues and supervisors must enjoy your inquiring mind

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What a great thread. Who could imagine that blasphemy could be so much fun?

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Yes, at some point in our history, it might have been advantageous to gain weight, eat more and slow down in winter, when there little food around. Nowadays, however, when food is available all year round, these very same behaviors are disadvantageous

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Oh my! You take me back to some good old days. Thanks for the memories, whoever you are!

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It's a great question as to why psychiatrists don't use light therapy more. They certainly should. I think a lot has to do with economics. Drug companies spend a lot of money to "educate" doctors to prescribe drugs. Don't get me wrong. I prescribe drugs -- but usually I prescribe light first for seasonal affective disorder

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Yes, I have seen LOTS of people with this problem. Most people with summer depression tend to eat LESS, sleep LESS and be MORE active during depressions -- this is the opposite of the winter type of SAD

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I have fewer opinions than I used to have, I have become more humble and aware of what I don't know, more eager to understand and less quick to judge