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Exercise and bright light for mood and ADHD symptoms in people with ADHD

01 January 1970

We are looking for people aged 14-45 with a diagnosis of ADHD to investigate whether physical exercise and bright light therapy improves mood, ADHD symptoms and general health in people with ADHD. It will involve intervention (either an exercise programme, bright light therapy or treatment as usual) and five visits to our centre in London for an assessment of mood, attention, fitness and health. You will receive a total of £200 paid in five installments after each attended assessment


  • Diagnosis of ADHD
  • Age: 14-45 years old
  • Stable on treatment (not planning to change medication or therapy over the next 24 weeks)
  • No diagnosis of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or autism spectrum disorder
  • No substance use disorder or substance dependency
  • No medical or neurological condition interfering with physical activity or bright light therapy
  • No use of antipsychotic, anti-epileptic or photos-sensitising (e.g., Lithium, St. John's wort) medication
  • No history of epilepsy
  • Not suicidal
  • Not pregnant
  • Must be able to attend a session in South East London

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Ethical approval

This study was approved by the London – Camberwell St Giles Research Ethics Committee (17/LO/0958) on 11th July 2017.

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