Daylight Classic (folding stand)
Daylight Classic Plus (solid stand)
Circadian Rhythm Test (AutoMEQ). Tells you the optimal time to start light therapy in the morning.
Philips HF3520. A good option with a built in permanent bulb that’s bright enough to be therapeutic
Philips Somneo Connected HF3670. Same as above, but with some luxury features like temperature monitoring and smart-phone integration for a premium price
Lighten up. Lowest cost option. Requires a bright, dimable lamp to work.
Uvex Skyper S1933X This low cost model is a good starting place, but more comfortable models are at LowBlueLights below
LowBlueLights.com All the glasses on this site work, and they have other devices to block blue light
Gingko (Tebonin) (for tardive dyskinesia and memory; full dose 2/day or 240 mg/day)
Antidotes for Common Side Effects
Constipation: Docusate-Senna combination (generic of peri-colace)
Tardive dyskinesia: Gingko (Tebonin) (full dose 2/day or 240 mg/day)
Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
Choosing to Live (for suicidal thoughts and impulses)
For brand name medications, check the official website for coupons (the website is the brandname.com, e.g. trintellix.com).
GoodRx. Searches your local pharmacies for the lowest out-of-pocket price. Note that Costco often has the lowest price and you don’t need to be a member to use their pharmacy.
Needs Meds. Discount card and connects you to various savings programs, including patient assistance programs for people who need brand name medications but have a low income.
Save on My Meds. Checks for lowest price if you’re paying out of pocket, also verifies if an online pharmacy is safe.
Refill Wise. Discount card.
If you plan on getting your meds through an online or overseas pharmacy, there are ways to do it safer and ways that are riskier. Those risks are big, as many overseas pharmacies ship poorly made products with dangerous ingredients in them. Deception is rampant. Most of the ones that advertise as “Canadian” don’t even sell medications that would pass inspection in Canada.
The safest online sources are those with a “.pharmacy” at the end of their web address. Two groups that can check the safety, and give you a list of safe online sources, are:
Buy Safely. Type in your pharmacies website to check if it’s safe. Or download their list of verified pharmacies.
National Association of Boards of Pharmacies. Check their list of pharmacies that past inspection through their VIPPS program.
We recommend keeping all your pills in a weekly box. Otherwise it’s nearly impossible to remember them, and even more frustrating when you’re not sure if you did or not. It’s best to get 4 weekly boxes so you only have to fill them once a month. There are lots of good options, but mainly it comes down to the size you need and whether you need one with twice-a-day boxes.
New self-help book has 32 natural therapies for bipolar and depression
PsychEducation, a free resource from Drs. Aiken and Phelps
Dr. Aiken’s Pocket Psychiatrist podcast is full of tips for living better with mood disorders
Dr. Aiken’s co-hosts the Carlat Psychiatry podcast with weekly updates on psychiatric research
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