Living with bipolar disorder means much more than experiencing mood swings. The extreme mood changes this disorder creates can cause bad decision making, strain your relationships, and affect your work. Bipolar disorder affects more than 4% of Americans at some point during their lives. Fortunately, for patients throughout the Denver metro, Colorado Springs metro, and the great Colorado Front Range areas treatment is available at Summit Ketamine Innovations. For more information about their groundbreaking treatment, call the office in Parker, Colorado, to request an appointment with ketamine infusion specialist Sarah Coakley, DO, or another member of the team. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online today.
Also called manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is marked by rapid, sudden shifts in your mood. People with bipolar disorder experience extreme highs and lows, often rapidly moving from one to the other.
The lows, or depressive episodes, have all the same characteristics as clinical depression, or major depressive disorder. The most common symptoms include:
The highs, or manic episodes, are often characterized by:
Some people with bipolar disorder experience hypomania or periods with some of these manic symptoms felt to a lesser degree.
People with bipolar I disorder experience manic episodes that last at least a week, and depressive episodes lasting two weeks or more. But you don’t have to experience a full manic episode to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bipolar II disorder is marked by shifts between depressive episodes and hypomania, or less extreme mania.
If you’ve experienced symptoms of hypomania and symptoms of depressive episodes for at least two years, you can also be diagnosed with a less severe form of bipolar disorder called cyclothymic disorder.
Both manic/hypomanic and depressive episodes can interfere with your relationships, your ability to focus on work or school, and your overall well-being. To help you moderate your symptoms and deliver long-lasting relief, Summit Ketamine Innovations offers bipolar disorder treatment.
Like many other mental health disorders, bipolar disorder can often be effectively treated with a combination of medication (often including mood stabilizers) and psychotherapy. Summit Ketamine Innovations recommends this as a first treatment step. But for people who don’t respond to the prescribed medication, they offer another treatment option.
With intravenous ketamine infusion therapy, Summit Ketamine Innovations delivers ketamine to the brain, where it’s been shown to help people break the cycle of extreme mood changes. When used with psychotherapy, this helps you moderate your mood and develop new, healthy thought patterns and habits. And most patients report notable symptom relief within a few weeks.
For more information about how ketamine helps people with bipolar disorder, call Summit Ketamine Innovations, or book your appointment online.