Many people suffer from bipolar depression but fail to find relief from symptoms and restore balance in their lives with conventional treatments and therapies. Ketamine therapy continues to be an effective treatment for mood disorders, including bipolar depression. We offer low-dose ketamine infusions at our practice and have found it to be especially effective for patients who are resistant to medications and other conventional forms of treatment for depression and mood disorders.
Understanding Bipolar Depression
Bipolar depression, also known as bipolar disorder, is a mood disorder distinguished by alternating periods of mania and depression. Sufferers often feel extremely happy and full of energy during the manic stage but then fall into a period of misery and discord during the depression stage.
People with this mood disorder may have Bipolar I or Bipolar II. Sufferers of Bipolar have longer manic phases that last at least one week while Bipolar II sufferers have hypomanic swings that are less intense than full-blown mania and typically last less than a week. In either case, the goal of treatment is to stabilize the mood and break the cycle of mania and depression.
Bipolar Depression Treatment Options
The most common treatment options for patients suffering from bipolar disorder is a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Many patients work with a counselor on an ongoing basis and some may participate in support groups or attend workshops and classes that educate themselves and their families about their mood disorder. Common medications for bipolar depression include:
- Mood stabilizers, such as Lithium, Tegretol, and Depakote, to manage manic or hypomanic episodes
- Antipsychotic medication, such as Zyprexa and Abilify, to control depression or mania
- Antidepressants to manage the depression cycle associated with bipolar depression
- Antidepressant-antipsychotics, such as Symbyax, to manage both depression and mood instability
- Anti-anxiety medication, such as benzodiazepines, to manage anxiety or bouts of insomnia
- IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) or as a last resort, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Bipolar Depression
Unlike antidepressants and other medications commonly prescribed for bipolar patients, IV ketamine therapy provides significant relief in a matter of hours. Many patients notice relief from symptoms in just one or two days of their second infusion. They do not have to worry about any of the unpleasant side effects that are common among antidepressants.
Ketamine therapy can also be a viable alternative to treatments such as ECT and TMS, which may require months of continuous treatment before the patient sees results. In fact, results of a 2015 study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice reveals ketamine therapy is especially effective in patients with treatment-resistant bipolar depression. Those who have tried conventional treatments and actively sought out help from support groups or counseling may benefit greatly from ketamine therapy.
Get Treatment for Bipolar Depression Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from bipolar depression, consider the benefits of ketamine therapy for the treatment of bipolar depression. Complete a free Depression Assessment or contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles to learn more about the benefits of ketamine therapy for mood disorders.