Those living with bipolar disorder experience extreme shifts in mood along the depression-mania spectrum, which can be highly disruptive to one’s life. Often portrayed in popular media as hyper-active one minute and inertly depressed the next, the range of behaviors and patters of mood swings can be much more complicated. While many people are able to hold their lives together through their bipolar symptoms, this extra effort can leave them depleted or unavailable for life’s important moments.
At Elevate Infusion Therapy, we are excited to offer ketamine infusions for bipolar disorder treatment. Our expert providers are here to help you get back to living and enjoying life on your own terms. Contact us today to learn how ketamine therapy can help you get reconnected to yourself and the world around you.
There are a few different types of bipolar disorder, but all include some degree of manic and depressive episodes. While a medical professional can provide your diagnosis, understanding more about each type can help you manage your symptoms while you’re seeking treatment.
Bipolar I disorder is the most common and most severe form of bipolar disorder. To be diagnosed with bipolar I, you must have had at least one manic episode. This manic episode must last for at least seven days and be severe enough to warrant hospitalization. A recorded depressive episode is not necessary for the diagnosis, but most people with bipolar I disorder have also gone through at least one.
Bipolar II disorder is a subcategory that refers to recurring episodes of major depression with episodes of hypomania (a less severe form of mania).
This is a milder form of bipolar disorder, in which the mood swings are present and noticeable but not severe enough to be classified as mania or major depression. However, the mood states are unstable and disruptive. To be diagnosed, mood instability must persist for two years. People with cyclothymia may experience normal mood states, but they normally do not last longer than eight weeks.
Over the past 50 years, ketamine has evolved from a powerful anesthetic to an alternative treatment for bipolar. What was once used as a sedative on the battlefield has become an invaluable resource for various physical and mental issues, known both for its transformative power and rapid results.
Traditional medications like antidepressants can take months to start working. Ketamine therapy, on the other hand, offers patients quick relief, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.
While there is still much to be learned about how exactly ketamine works on the brain, the current understanding centers on ketamine’s effect on glutamate. Glutamate is a neurotransmitter associated with memory, learning, and mood regulation found throughout the central nervous system.
Most current research shows ketamine has an excitatory effect on glutamate. The heightened glutamate activity allows new pathways to form. These new formations correlate with reduced stress, an increased ability to process information, and improved mood regulation.
In fact, the positive effects of many antidepressants may be tied to a similar mechanism. Through altering the presence of serotonin, norepinephrine, or both in the brain, many antidepressants indirectly (weeks or months) affect glutamate. SSRIs, SSNRIs, and tricyclic antidepressants often take weeks to start improving symptoms of depression, if they do at all.
We strive to ensure all of our patients are comfortable and at ease in their treatment areas, with care administered by exceptional and caring medical professionals.
Our expertly trained and attentive team will be close at hand to monitor you and facilitate your therapeutic experience during your infusion.
Are you tired of battling bipolar disorder? Have you had little to no relief from antidepressants or talk therapy? Maybe you’re looking for a treatment option with fewer side effects than prescription antidepressants. Ketamine infusions can offer you a better way to mental health.
Our expert providers can walk you through everything you need to know to make the best decision for you and your life. Contact Elevate Infusion Therapy today to take the next step in getting back to being you.