Bipolar Depression

A New Way To Treat Bipolar Depression

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A New Way To Treat Bipolar Depression

Once referred to as “manic-depression,” bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by intense swings between episodes of aggression or euphoria (mania) and episodes of depression or sadness. In truth, bipolar disorder is a more complex diagnosis than its previous name would indicate. There are in fact multiple types of bipolar disorder and therefore, many types of treatment for bipolar disorder.

Bipolar disorder is believed to be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain’s natural levels of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. While these imbalances can cause the prolonged manic episodes most people associate with this condition, they can also manifest in different ways.

Identifying Bipolar Depression In Your Life

There are a few things that can help to identify the characteristics of bipolar depression. As mentioned, people living with this disorder experience both manic and depressive episodes; and sometimes at the same time. So, identifying characteristics of both manic and depressive episodes can help people determine whether or not they should get help from a mental health professional or service.

Identifying Bipolar Depression In Your Life

Some signs and symptoms of a manic episode in someone living with bipolar depression may include:

INABILITY TO SLEEP

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AVOIDANCE OF SOCIAL OBLIGATIONS, RELATIONSHIPS, & PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

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BEING ‘OUT OF TOUCH’ WITH REALITY

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ENHANCED CREATIVITY

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FEELINGS OF EUPHORIA

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HAVING MORE ENERGY THAN USUAL

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Treating Bipolar Depression With Ketamine

While individuals who have bipolar disorder with depression cannot take traditional antidepressants, recent studies have indicated that therapeutic IV Ketamine infusions can help. Ketamine is a powerful anesthetic that is well-tolerated in almost all patients who take it.

When administered at a sub-anesthetic level, Ketamine has a powerful, fast-acting antidepressant effect. Ketamine’s properties through H N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor antagonism help to reset brain function, bringing individuals who receive the treatment back to a normal mood baseline, before they ever felt depressed.

Some signs and symptoms of a manic episode in someone living with bipolar depression may include:

PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS

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INDIVIDUAL BEHAVIORAL THERAPIES (DBT, CBT, ETC.)

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GROUP THERAPY

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PSYCHOEDUCATION

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FAMILY THERAPY

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KETAMINE INFUSION THERAPY

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Starting Ketamine Therapy For Bipolar Disorder

Before beginning ketamine treatment, patients should receive a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation from a psychiatrist experienced in treating mood disorders. Our medical director, Raul J. Rodriguez, MD, and his clinical team specialize in the treatment of mood disorders, such as clinical depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder.

While the antidepressant effect of Ketamine can be felt after only one infusion, participating in a multi-infusion Ketamine treatment protocol can provide long-term relief from the symptoms of depression. IV Ketamine infusion therapy is most effective when combined with psychiatric care & medication management, and individual & group therapy.

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