Ketamine for Bipolar Disorders

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterised by extreme shifts in mood. The condition is sometimes referred to as manic depression, and symptoms can include:
  • An extremely elevated mood, otherwise known as mania
  • Periods of intense depression
  • A rapid and unpredictable switch between the two states
Bipolar disorder can severely impact a sufferer’s daily life and make it difficult to manage everyday tasks and maintain relationships. Yet despite its seriousness, it is not an uncommon condition. In fact, 2.8% of American adults (or 5 million people) have been diagnosed with it.

There are many different treatments associated with bipolar disorder. Medications such as antidepressants, mood stabilisers, and antipsychotics are frequently prescribed, but many patients do not respond well to the negative side effects. Psychotherapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy is often recommended, as well as lifestyle changes to help sufferers manage their condition.

These can be highly effective, but many patients may not experience any significant benefit and often react poorly to the side effects.

But there is another treatment becoming increasingly common for relieving the symptoms of bipolar disorder: intravenous ketamine bipolar treatment, otherwise known as ketamine infusion therapy.

Ketamine for Bipolar Disorders

How it works?

Ketamine infusion therapy is a treatment for mood disorders such as bipolar disorder involving the administration of the drug ketamine. It is an ideal solution for patients who have not seen results from conventional bipolar disorder treatments.

The therapy involves a low dosage of ketamine inserted intravenously into the patient’s bloodstream over a series of short sessions. The drug targets receptors in the brain responsible for stabilizing mood, producing dopamine, and relieving pain.

Who should use ketamine treatments?

Treatments involving ketamine for bipolar disorder are becoming increasingly common. Ketamine infusion therapy is an ideal solution for patients who have tried other treatments for bipolar and struggled to get any tangible results. By using ketamine for bipolar disorder, patients report fewer and less intense symptoms as a result.

The benefits of ketamine for bipolar disorder

Bipolar treatment with ketamine has numerous benefits, including:
  • It works: Many patients who have undergone ketamine treatments for bipolar disorder report greatly reduced symptoms of depression, fewer angry outbursts and nightmares, as well as a notable improvement in mood. If you have tried other treatments but not found them effective, ketamine infusion therapy may be a suitable option for you.
  • It is fast-acting: Prescription medications must be taken over several weeks or months to see a result, and in many cases may not even be effective. The same goes for psychotherapy treatments, as well as lifestyle changes which are easily broken. Ketamine infusion therapy for bipolar depression, on the other hand, takes place over a series of short sessions, and the results can be seen as soon as your second treatment.
  • It has few side effects: Medications can produce a range of harmful side effects, whereas ketamine infusion therapy has no long term effects. Some patients may experience mild nausea or hallucination, but this is temporary and won’t last long.
Find out more about ketamine infusion therapy for bipolar depression here.

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