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Bipolar Disorder

Ketamine Therapeutics

Ketamine Therapy Clinic located in Jacksonville, FL

It’s estimated that nearly 3% of the adult population in the United States suffers from bipolar disorder. For many, finding the right treatment to help manage the shifts in mood is draining. Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, and the team at Ketamine Therapeutics in Jacksonville, Florida, specialize in the diagnosis and management of bipolar disorder. They offer advanced treatments to relieve symptoms, including ketamine infusion therapy. For a consultation, contact the office by phone or online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, sometimes referred to as manic-depressive disorder, is a chronic mental health condition characterized by moods that cycle from mania to depression and affect energy, day-to-day activities, and quality of life.

Researchers aren’t certain of the exact cause of bipolar disorder, but believe the mental health condition develops due to a combination of genetics, environment, and brain structure and function.  

What are the types of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is categorized based on the severity of the symptoms.

Bipolar I disorder

Bipolar I disorder is the most severe type. It causes manic episodes that last seven or more days, followed by depressive episodes that last two or more weeks. The mania that occurs in bipolar I disorder can be so severe that you require hospitalization.

Bipolar II disorder

Bipolar II disorder causes symptoms similar to bipolar I disorder, but not as extreme. The manic episodes in bipolar II disorder are referred to as hypomanic.

Cyclothymic disorder

Symptoms of cyclothymic disorder include numerous cycles of hypomania and depression for two or more years.

For some people, their symptoms don’t fit into a single type of bipolar disorder but they still experience episodes of mania and depression. This is referred to as unspecified bipolar and related disorders.

What are the treatments for bipolar disorder?

Treatment for bipolar disorder includes psychotherapy and medication. Electroconvulsive therapy is also sometimes recommended. For people who don’t find relief from their symptoms with traditional treatments, the team at Ketamine Therapeutics may recommend ketamine infusion therapy.

How can ketamine infusion help my bipolar disorder?

Ketamine infusion therapy helps treat mental health conditions like bipolar disorder by repairing the synapses in your brain, which improves the action of the neurotransmitters that help regulate your mood. Many people report an almost immediate improvement in their symptoms after their first ketamine infusion.

The team at Ketamine Therapeutics offers ketamine infusion therapy at the office. The entire infusion takes an hour or less. While the effects of the ketamine wear off soon after your infusion stops, the team has you remain at the office for an additional 30 minutes for monitoring.

You should arrange for a loved one to take you home after your infusion and refrain from the use of heavy equipment for up to 24 hours.

To get advanced treatment for your bipolar disorder, contact the team at Ketamine Therapeutics by phone or online today.