Today's post is authored by MedEq's Social Media Chair and Mental Health Project Head, Nastaeen Tajin.
If you’ve been keeping up with the Mental Health blogs up until this point, we’ve discussed various ways to relieve stress. For example, in the past we’ve talked about caffeine, electroconvulsive therapy, and very recently, sleep. Although these are common ways people ease their mind, there is one method that has existed for centuries and has not yet received the credit it deserves: photoelectric therapy, commonly known as optical illusions.
Although the theory of photoelectric therapy had existed centuries before, it wasn’t until the 19th century that Dr. Babbit, M.D. experimented with colored light and confirmed, through research, the therapeutic effects of it. But the research did not stop there. Fast forward to the 1930’s, Dr. Spitler had proved that mental illnesses could be controlled, and in idyllic circumstances, eradicated by the use of colors. Fast forward to modern day 2016, it is now known that light plays a bigger role in our minds than previously thought.