Effect of season and light treatment upon hot flashes in a perimenopausal SAD patient

Erick H. Turner, Ellen Leibenluft, Paul S. Albert, Thomas A. Wehr, Norman E. Rosenthal

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A perimenopausal woman with seasonal affective disorder (SAD, winter depression) presented with a 2-year history of hot flashes occurring only in the wintertime. Prospectively documented hot flashes appeared to follow a seasonal rhythm and a bimodal circadian rhythm. The hot flashes decreased with morning, but not evening, light therapy. These observations are discussed in the context of the literature regarding light's possible role in animal and human reproductive functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-297
Number of pages8
JournalChronobiology International
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995



  • Circadian rhythm
  • Hot flash/flush
  • Melatonin
  • Menopause
  • Phototherapy
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Seasons

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Physiology (medical)

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