Running head: AMBER LENSES FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER
Dark Therapy: An Effective Treatment in an Outpatient Setting?
Erica L Freeman, LCSW
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Objectives: This paper explores dark therapy for Bipolar Disorder outpatient. Amber lenses (AL) block blue light to a retinol photoreceptor in the eye, simulating darkness for the brain (dark therapy). The fibers of this photoreceptor connect to the biological clock region of the hypothalamus.
Methods: The writer documents outpatient dark therapy research for Bipolar Disorder. Patient used AL for eighteen months from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m, when not sleeping. She continued her prescribed medication. Patient tracked her symptoms for thirty months1. The tracker reviews her changes in symptoms and medication.
Results: First patient tracked symptoms without AL, then with AL. Patient terminated medication with a score of six at treatment conclusion, ie relative stability
Conclusions: This research shows that AL is a treatment option for Bipolar I Disorder outpatient for some patients. This area of treatment is groundbreaking and more research is needed.