A Revolutionary Bipolar Depression Treatment
Many people suffer from bipolar depression but fail to find relief and restore balance in their lives with conventional bipolar depression treatment options. However, Ketamine therapy for depression continues to be an effective treatment for various mood disorders, including bipolar depression. We offer low-dose ketamine infusions Ketamine Clinics LA 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 I 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, break the cycle of mania and depression, and provide treatment for suicidal thoughts.
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 depression include:
- Mood stabilizers such as Lithium, Tegretol, and Depakote
- Antipsychotic medication like Zyprexa or Abilify
- Antidepressant-antipsychotics like Symbyax
- Anti-anxiety medication such as benzodiazepines
- 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, using ketamine for bipolar depression treatment can provide significant relief in a matter of hours. Many patients notice relief from symptoms in just one or two days after their second infusion and don’t have to worry about any of the unpleasant side effects that are common among conventional antidepressants.
Ketamine therapy can also be a viable alternative to treatments such as ECT and TMS, which may require months of costly, continuous treatment before the patient sees results. In fact, the results of a 2015 study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice reveals ketamine infusion for bipolar depression is especially effective in patients with treatment-resistant symptoms. Those who have tried conventional treatments and actively sought out help from support groups or counseling may benefit the most 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