Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Rapid and Effective Bipolar Disorder Treatment in Vancouver, Washington

Almost 3% of US adults struggle with the symptoms of bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression. Bipolar disorder is equally common amongst men and women. Fortunately, with the right treatments, these symptoms can be treated. At Vancouver Ketamine Infusions, we use innovative options like ketamine infusion therapy to help patients find peace of mind once again.

If your or someone you know struggles with bipolar disorder symptoms and no treatment option has provided substantial relief, ketamine infusion therapy here at Vancouver Ketamine Infusions may be the answer you’ve been looking for.

Ketamine Infusions for Bipolar Disorder Treatment

Ketamine infusions have quickly become one of the most popular treatment options for mood disorders, including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, OCD, and PTSD.

Unlike many traditional medications like SSRIs which can take months to start working, ketamine therapy offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.

What are the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder?

While signs and symptoms can vary between individuals, the main symptoms typically include the following:

Depression

The depression phase of bipolar may include:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Waking up early
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Loss of interest in everyday activities
  • Feelings of emptiness or worthlessness
  • Feelings of guilt and despair
  • Feeling pessimistic about everything
Mania

The manic phase of bipolar disorder may include:

  • Feeling very happy, satisfied, or overjoyed
  • Talking very quickly
  • Feeling full of energy
  • Feeling self-important
  • Feeling full of great new
  • Ideas and having important plans
  • Being easily distracted
  • Being easily irritated or agitated

How Does Ketamine Help Treat Bipolar Disorder?

Scientists believe that ketamine infusions help bipolar disorder symptoms by rapidly boosting the activity of glutamate, a neurotransmitter inside the brain’s frontal cortex, while also allowing new pathways to form in the same area.

The rapid onset of ketamine’s antidepressant effect occurs because ketamine bypasses the conventional serotonin path. Instead, ketamine works on the brain’s glutamate systems.

This is remarkably different from conventional antidepressants, which initially boost serotonin activity levels in several different areas of the brain to then ultimately affect glutamate. This process can take weeks or even months, while ketamine infusions can provide rapid relief from bipolar disorder symptoms.

Are There Any Adverse Effects of Ketamine?

As a new treatment option for bipolar disorder, ketamine does have a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, disrupted vision, lightheadedness, nausea, or slight anxious feelings after treatment.

Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication utilized for infusion therapy “off-label” use. Off-label use indicates a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops with time.

As a good example, the FDA authorized the medication Prazosin to treat hypertension in 1976, but it is now mainly used to treat nightmares in individuals with PTSD, a use that was not at first approved.

Where Will I Receive my Ketamine Infusions?

Our providers at Vancouver Ketamine Infusions will go above and beyond to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your treatment. Ketamine infusions typically last about an hour for mood disorders, but chronic pain conditions may require a longer infusion time.

Several patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this dissociation effect aids with treatment and helps you provide a positive response to ketamine therapy.

These are all ordinary components of the treatment. Our team will monitor you throughout the process and be readily available should you need anything.

Is Ketamine Treatment the Right Solution for You?

Are you ready to take back control of your life? Are you tired of trying one medication after another, only to be left with the same symptoms? If so, ketamine infusion therapy might be the right treatment option for you.

Contact Vancouver Ketamine Infusions today to schedule your consultation and learn how ketamine infusions for bipolar disorder treatment can help you find relief.