Dark therapy

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Dark therapy is the practice of keeping people in complete darkness for periods of time in an attempt to treat psychological conditions. The human body produces melatonin hormone which is responsible for supporting the circadian rhythms. Dark therapy is claimed[by whom?] to block blue wavelength lights to stop the disintegration of melatonin. Some claim that this process improves the health of human body, such as by relatively minimizing headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, and insomnia.[1][non-primary source needed]

The idea originated in 1998 from research which suggested that systematic exposure to darkness might alter people's mood.[2] More recently, with the discovery of intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, it has been hypothesized that similar results could be achieved by blocking blue light, as a potential treatment for bipolar disorder.[3][4] Researchers exploring blue-blocking glasses have so far considered dark therapy only as an add-on treatment to be used together with psychotherapy, rather than a replacement for other therapies.[5]

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  1. ^ Kamal (2018-06-14). "Summary of Dark Therapy". Examine.com.
  2. ^ Phelps J (2016). "A powerful non-pharmacologic treatment for mania - virtually". Bipolar Disord (Commentary). 18 (4): 379–82. doi:10.1111/bdi.12393. PMID 27218661.
  3. ^ Henriksen, Tone; Skrede, Silje; Ole, Fasmer; Schoeyen, Helle; Leskauskaite, Ieva; Bjørke‐Bertheussen, Jeanette; Assmus, Jörg; Hamre, Børge; Grønli, Janne; Lund, Anders (26 May 2016). "Blue‐blocking glasses as additive treatment for mania: a randomized placebo‐controlled trial". Bipolar Disorders. 18 (3): 221–232. doi:10.1111/bdi.12390. PMC 5089565. PMID 27226262.
  4. ^ Barbini, B (2005). "Dark Therapy for Mania: a pilot study". Bipolar Disorders. 7 (1): 98–101. doi:10.1111/j.1399-5618.2004.00166.x. PMID 15654938.
  5. ^ Henriksen, Tone; Skrede, Silje; Ole, Fasmer; Schoeyen, Helle; Leskauskaite, Ieva; Bjørke‐Bertheussen, Jeanette; Assmus, Jörg; Hamre, Børge; Grønli, Janne; Lund, Anders (26 May 2016). "Blue‐blocking glasses as additive treatment for mania: a randomized placebo‐controlled trial". Bipolar Disorders. 18 (3): 221–232. doi:10.1111/bdi.12390. PMC 5089565. PMID 27226262.