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Norman E. Rosenthal

psychiatrist, researcher, and author

1950   -  

country of citizenship: South Africa
language of expression: English
educated at: University of the Witwatersrand
occupation: psychiatrist, medical researcher, author

Norman E. Rosenthal (born 1950) is a South African author, psychiatrist and scientist who in the 1980s first described winter depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and pioneered the use of light therapy for its treatment. Rosenthal was born and educated in South Africa but moved to the United States to complete his medical training. He established a private practice and conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) as a researcher and senior researcher for more than twenty years. It was here that he studied the disorders of mood, sleep, and biological rhythms and was the first psychiatrist to describe and diagnose Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Rosenthal's research with SAD led him to write Winter Blues and two other books on the topic. More recently Rosenthal has written a book on the Transcendental Meditation technique and conducted research on its potential influence on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In total, he has written nine books, including one on the topic of jet lag, and published 200 scholarly papers.
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