Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 583–586 | Cite as

An open-label pilot study of a home wearable light therapy device for postpartum depression

  • Leslie M. Swanson
  • Helen J. Burgess
  • Jennifer Zollars
  • J. Todd Arnedt
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We sought to establish the feasibility and preliminary effects of home-wearable light therapy for postpartum depression, and its effects on circadian measures. Eight women within 6 months postpartum were prescribed 60 min of daily morning light therapy for 5 weeks. The device was well tolerated. Significant improvements were observed in self-report and clinician-rated depression symptoms, with little change in objective circadian measures. Home-wearable light therapy is feasible for postpartum women and may be a promising treatment for postpartum depression. Identifier: NCT02769858


Depression Postpartum Light therapy Circadian 



This research was supported by the Gilmore Fund for Sleep Research and Education (University of Michigan) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (Swanson; K23HL122461).

Compliance with ethical standards

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study. Study procedures were approved by the University of Michigan Medical School Institutional Review Board.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie M. Swanson
    • 1
  • Helen J. Burgess
    • 2
  • Jennifer Zollars
    • 1
  • J. Todd Arnedt
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Rush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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