Winter Blues: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder

By Norman E. Rosenthal | Go to book overview

Afterword

The End of an Era, 1979–1999

Between 1979 and 1999, research into SAD and light therapy flourished in the Seasonal Studies Program at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. The work that was done during those years formed the basis of this book. It was a collaboration among many people: investigators (who are named below), nurses, social workers, research coordinators, assistants, and, of course, the research subjects themselves. All this required a considerable investment of funds, the result of which was the development of a field and the discovery of new treatments for an illness previously undescribed. At the same time the NIMH, through its extramural program, funded research grants throughout the northern United States, where critical work was done by many researchers whose contributions are described in this book.

The last decade has seen a radical change in funding priorities. The Seasonal Studies Program was closed down and SAD is no longer a subject of research at the intramural program of the NIMH. At the same time, the number of grants funded for research on this subject in other parts of this country shriveled so severely that, by the latest count, only three researchers were doing government-funded work on SAD or light therapy. It is understandable that funding priorities

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