Ketamine For Bipolar Disorder
The National Health Institute studies have demonstrated ketamine infusion has a short onset time and can quickly provide provide relief from anhedonia (the inability to experience pleasure from enjoyable activities).
Bipolar depression is a mood disorder often referred to as a manic-depressive disorder. Sufferers can experience extreme happiness and energy or fall in a state of misery with no energy. Intense emotional episodes along with a mixed state of euphoria and depression can also occur.
The most common treatment for bipolar depression is psychotherapy along with medication. Medications can include mood stabilizers (Lithium, Tegretol), antipsychotics (Zyprexa, Abilify), antidepressants, anti-anxiety medicine (benzodiazepines), or antidepressant-antipsychotics (Symbax). Electroconvulsive therapy is usually last resort. Medications can take 3-6 weeks to start to take effect.
The National Health Institute studies have demonstrated ketamine infusion has a short onset time and can quickly provide provide relief from anhedonia (the inability to experience pleasure from enjoyable activities). IV ketamine can provide relief within hours helping you get immediate relief. Many patients then receive relief from most symptoms in just one or two days of their second infusion.
Is Ketamine Treatment Right For Me?
We have you fill out a brief depression evaluation. If you qualify, we will get you in quickly. We want to help you as soon as possible. We will start with a first infusion and ketamine often acts within hours or less. You will fill out the same depression assessment post-infusion to monitor your response and so we can make adjustments to subsequent infusions as necessary to help you get your desired effect. It may take 4-6 infusions for peak benefit. You may need maintenance infusions every so often or you may notice you are having a better response to your medications and psychotherapy. Either way, if you approve we will work closely with your personal physician, psychiatrist or psychologist to help you get the support you need. Ketamine is not a cure, you still need to treat the whole patient, but Ketamine can be a great tool to feel better faster and have the mood to do the other things you need to stabilize your life. People often feel the less mood volatility or a decrease in mood swings giving you back more control.
The first step is a brief evaluation, to make sure ketamine infusion is the best choice for your condition.
If you’re a good candidate, we’ll do the first infusion. It often acts in an hour or less.
Follow Up Treatments
We’ll closely monitor yoru condition as you move forward with more infusions. It may take 4-6 infusions for peak benefit.