If bipolar disorder is a part of your life, you know how truly debilitating it can be. According to the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, 5.7 million Americans deal with bipolar, and one in five people with bipolar complete suicide. These numbers are shocking. More traditional treatments work well for some, but some people experience limited relief or find relief at the high cost of significant side effects. Both bipolar disorder and the side effects associated with traditional medications can have serious impacts on your quality of life. San Antonio Ketamine Specialists is committed to providing the life-changing, cutting-edge treatment you need so that you can restore your ability to enjoy everyday life. If you’re ready to get started, call San Antonio Ketamine Specialists today at (210)960-6998 to schedule your consultation.
Bipolar disorder is a complex mood disorder characterized by periods of high highs and deep lows. These swings can make everyday life difficult, seriously impeding your ability to lead a “normal” life. Because of the symptoms, bipolar disorder can be difficult to diagnose, particularly since it’s often co-occurring with other mental health disorders like anxiety, eating disorders, or addiction.
Though we often associate bipolar with dramatic mood swings, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are more complex than this.
Manic episodes: During manic episodes, you may feel intense euphoria and high energy. It will feel like a really high. Often, the people around you will notice this.
Hypomania: In a hypomanic episode, you won’t feel the same level of euphoria and energy as you would during a manic episode, but the people close to you may still notice a change in your behavior.
Depressive episodes: Depressive episodes are characterized by experiencing lethargy, irritability, hopelessness, suicidal thoughts, changes to sleep and eating patterns, or other behavioral changes. If you are experiencing a particularly severe episode, you may require hospitalization.
Type 1 bipolar disorder
Type 1 bipolar disorder is characterized by episodes of mania that last at least seven days. In some cases, episodes of mania may require hospitalization. You may also experience depressive episodes that last two weeks or more.
Type 2 bipolar disorder
Type 2 bipolar disorder is characterized by major depressive episodes and at least one hypomanic episode. Essentially, people with type 2 bipolar disorder experience low lows and mild to moderate highs that don’t often require hospitalization.
Yes. More specifically, ketamine can sometimes provide almost instant relief from the depressive phase. Studies show that ketamine can reduce the length and severity of bipolar-related depressive episodes.
Ketamine is believed to work by repairing the physical structures within your brain. It is believed that it can reduce and rebalance your cortisol levels and increase the production of the neurotransmitter glutamate.
Bipolar interferes with your life so drastically that it can be truly debilitating and make “normal” life impossible. If you aren’t having success with traditional treatments like mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotics, you deserve better. Ketamine is shown to be successful in treating the depressive phase of bipolar and can even be used in conjunction with your ongoing treatments. Essentially, ketamine can provide rapid relief from hopelessness and suicidality.
It’s quite likely that if you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, you are a candidate, especially if you have a history of severe depressive episodes, violent outbursts, and treatment-resistant symptoms. We will work closely with you and your primary health care team to determine whether ketamine is the right choice for you.
When you visit San Antonio Ketamine specialists, you will be immediately greeted by a kind staff and a warm, welcoming environment. You will be taken to your own room, where you will receive a low dose of ketamine through an IV. Your infusion will last 45-60 minutes with a 30-minute monitored recovery period.
During your infusion, you may experience disassociation and altered perception. Some may experience some nausea once the infusion is complete, but these side effects will subside quickly. If you continue to experience side effects the next day after the infusion, talk to your provider at San Antonio Ketamine Specialists about a preventative prescription.
Through your treatment, we will work with your mental health care providers to ensure your safety. Oftentimes, patients complement ketamine infusions with sustainable lifestyle changes for the best success.
If you’re ready to start a treatment that will finally give you a better life, call San Antonio Ketamine Specialists today at (210)960-6998.