Ketamine Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

I.V. being used during a ketamine infusion to treat Bipolar Disorder

What Is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by extreme mood swings, which can range from feeling extremely happy and energetic (known as a manic episode) to feeling very low and depressed (known as a depressive episode). There are two types of bipolar disorder: bipolar I and bipolar II. Bipolar I is defined by having one or more manic episodes, while Bipolar II is defined by having one or more hypomanic episodes (a less severe form of mania) and at least one major depressive episode.

The Problems Faced by Individuals Living with Bipolar Disorder

Our Bipolar patients present a unique challenge. Most are looking for ways to steady the manic and depressed states that accompany their daily life and through our ketamine infusions, we have helped many people ease their symptoms. For those patients, it hasn't been a permanent fix. Unfortunately, patients may still struggle with symptoms of the disorder for several months. It does quiet the intensity of the highs and lows of the disorder, helping you live a better life.

The Ideal Bipolar Patient

The ideal bipolar patient will be someone that has been living with bipolar disorder and has tried other resources available to them in an effort to help their disorder. Bipolar cases present challenges that are unique and must be addressed on a case-by-case basis. The bipolar patients that are the most likely to have the highest rate of success are ones that see ketamine infusions as a minor but important part of overcoming the obstacles they face.

Signs and Causes of Bipolar Disorder

Since bipolar disorder is a mental illness that causes extreme mood swings, from manic highs to depressive lows that can be so severe that they interfere with daily life, it’s important to know the signs and risk factors for bipolar disorder.

Signs of Bipolar Disorder

  • Mania

Mania is a state of high energy and excitement. People in a manic state may feel very happy and optimistic, and they may also act impulsively and recklessly.

  • Depression

Depression is a state of low energy and sadness. People in a depressive state may feel hopeless and helpless, and may also have trouble sleeping and concentrating.

  • Mixed states

Mixed states are a combination of manic and depressive symptoms. People in a mixed state may feel very agitated and have a hard time sitting still, along with feeling depressed and hopeless.

Risk Factors for Bipolar Disorder

  • Family

If you have a direct relative in your family, such as a parent or sibling with bipolar disorder, you are at a higher risk of developing Bipolar Disorder.

  • Stress

Periods of high stress have also been found to increase the likelihood of developing bipolar disorder or triggering your first episode.

  • Drugs and Alcohol

Drug and alcohol abuse can increase the chance of developing bipolar disorder in healthy individuals. Drugs and Alcohol have also been shown to make the symptoms of bipolar disorder worse.

How Ketamine Treatment Helps Bipolar Disorder

Using ketamine for bipolar disorder has been found to be an effective way to treat the disorder. Ketamine blocks the NMDA receptors in the brain, which helps to regulate mood. When ketamine is used to treat bipolar disorder, it can help to stabilize mood and prevent extreme swings.

Ketamine infusions have also been shown to possess robust antidepressant and anti-suicidal effects, especially among people who have dealt with bipolar depression for a prolonged amount of time.

Treatment Details

At Restorative Health Primary Care, our focus is to improve your health through the safest, most effective, and most affordable options available. We focus on health promotion rather than disease management. We do this by tailoring your experience from the very beginning starting with your medical appointment. Our staff and bipolar disorder specialists have a variety of tools available to them to ensure that you have the highest probability of seeing positive results. With ketamine treatment for bipolar disorder options starting at $180, our treatment pricing is designed to be as economical as possible. We look forward to working with you to improve your health.