Can Ketamine Help With Bipolar Depression?
Mental health conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, PTSD, OCD, anxiety, and fibromyalgia are affecting a growing number of people in the US today. To tackle this surmounting challenge, researchers and doctors are now turning in favor of Ketamine Infusion Therapy.
Particularly, for conditions such as bipolar depression, many patients have achieved relief with Ketamine Therapy when conventional antidepressants failed to address their condition. Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by Dr. Steven Mandel, provides ketamine infusion treatments for patients of bipolar depression in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, California, and other cities and communities in this area of SoCal.
What is Bipolar Depression?
Bipolar depression is a part of a more generic condition known as bipolar disorder. This disorder is commonly known as manic depression as the patient goes through bouts of mania in addition to suffering from intermittent episodes of depression. At one moment the patient may experience an elevated mood, and then another moment they may become morose or go into the depths of a depression.
The length and severity of these emotional lows and highs will vary from one patient to another. Researchers have classified bipolar disorder into two categories: Bipolar I and Bipolar II. In case of Bipolar I, the patient will have manic phases that could last for several days.
It is marked by symptoms such as elevated mood, inflated self-esteem, decreased need for sleep, racing thoughts, difficulty maintaining attention, increase in goal-directed activity, and excessive involvement in pleasurable activities. Depressive phases may also occur in this case.
Patients with Bipolar II are likely to go through bouts of major depression. But they may not suffer from full blown manic episodes the way it happens with patients of Bipolar I. In case of Bipolar II, the patient will experience low grade hypomanic swings. These swings, as the name suggests, are of low intensity, will often last for less than a week. Patients of Bipolar II suffer from both hypomania and depression.
Bipolar Treatment with Ketamine
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is now chosen by many patients as a successful alternative to traditional treatments involving mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics and antidepressants. Mental health care experts and psychiatrists over the last decade have especially started prescribing ketamine infusions as a treatment of choice to address the symptoms of bipolar depression.
The patient will be typically administered Ketamine Therapy in the dosage of 0.5 mg/kg IV over 40 minutes. The dosage may be modified slightly according to the patient’s individual response. In addition to the possibility to increase or reduce dosage, Ketamine Infusion Therapy also has another benefit. The patient will not have to suffer any significant unpleasant side effects between treatments.
These advantages have encouraged many treatment providers to recommend Ketamine Therapy in placed of commonly prescribed oral medications used to treat bipolar depression. Additionally, there are patients who may have become treatment resistant to conventional medications.
They can achieve successful outcomes with Ketamine Infusion Therapy. The phenomenal and prudent Dr. Mandel receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, California, and other towns and neighborhoods for ketamine infusion treatments.
For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling 310-270-0625
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