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Norman Rosenthal

Dr. Norman Rosenthal, is the world renowned researcher who coined the term Seasonal Affective Disorder and pioneered the use of light therapy for its treatment. He is a best-selling author and has an active psychiatry and coaching practice. Dr. Rosenthal is now suggesting the use of POETRY as a means of healing, inspiring and bringing joy to your life.

Welcome to my new web-based initiative about poetry and healing. Many people find poetry delightful, interesting and thought-provoking — and I hope the poems I include will evoke all of those responses – but in this venture I plan to go further. In my personal and professional experience, poetry also has the to comfort, soothe, inspire and, yes, even heal. In addition, poetry can act as a lens through which we can gaze into the parallel processes of mind and brain and experience treasures that might otherwise be entirely hidden.

Dr. Rosenthal invites you to join him in this 1 minute welcome video

Poems for People with Seasonal Affective Disorder: Words for the Winter Blues

I understand that some may find the idea of poetry as therapy fanciful. That was certainly how many people felt when I first began to study seasonal affective disorder (SAD) over 35 years ago and suggested that those affected by SAD might benefit from therapy with bright light. One colleague whom I met at a professional event shortly after the publication of our first SAD article called me aside with a big grin and said, “Come, Norman, let’s stand under the light, I’m feeling a little depressed.” Nowadays such a remark might be taken seriously. But then it was said in high jest to signal the absurdity of the idea. So perhaps, it is fitting that my first essay on the healing powers of poetry should relate to a condition and treatment that were once thought fanciful, but are now fully accepted.

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  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful post! I love Rumi, and often use his words as prompts for…