chronotherapy

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chronotherapy

[¦krä·nō′ther·ə·pē]
(pharmacology)
Pharmacological treatment timed to the biological rhythms of the person or organism being treated in order to enhance the effect of the drugs used or to reduce undesirable side effects.
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et al, Chronotherapeutics (light and wake therapy) in affective disorders, Psychol.
In addition to major depression (seasonal and nonseasonal), chronotherapeutics indications include bipolar disorder, premenstrual dysphoric disorder and depression during pregnancy, bulimia nervosa, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, dementia, Parkinson's disease, and shift-work and jet-lag disturbances, according to Dr.
This manual was written with the intent to allow clinicians to use the principles of chronotherapeutics in their treatment of patients with seasonal affective disorder, non-seasonal depression, and other psychologic and neurologic illnesses.
But most said they were eager to learn, recognizing there's more to chronotherapeutics than, say, just popping a sleeping pill or even melatonin, the popular but controversial hormone, in the evening to get a better night's sleep.