Ketamine for Bipolar/Suicidal Ideation

Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks. These moods range from periods of extremely “up,” elated, irritable, or energized behavior (known as manic episodes) to very “down,” sad, indifferent, or hopeless periods (known as depressive episodes). Less severe manic periods are known as hypomanic episodes.

What are The Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar?

Signs and symptoms of bipolar I and bipolar II disorders may include other features, such as anxious distress, melancholy, psychosis or others. The timing of symptoms may include diagnostic labels such as mixed or rapid cycling. In addition, bipolar symptoms may occur during pregnancy or change with the seasons.

Despite the mood extremes, people with bipolar disorder often don’t recognize how much their emotional instability disrupts their lives and the lives of their loved ones and don’t get the treatment they need.

The rate of suicide among bipolar disorder patients is approximately 10–30 times higher than the corresponding rate in the general population. Research found that up to 20% of (mostly untreated) bipolar disorder subjects end their life by suicide, and 20–60% of them attempt suicide at least one in their lifetime.

How Is Bipolar Usually Treated?

In conventional cases, bipolar disorder is usually treated with the help of mood stabilizers, such as lithium, valproate, or carbamazepine.

Unfortunately, these drugs often have adverse side effects that can impair a patient’s ability to live a normal life. More importantly, conventional treatments have proven to be ineffective in many cases.

Ketamine is an effective treatment that can help manage bipolar disorder and suicidal ideations, it has been associated with impressive benefits!

Studies have shown in adults with bipolar depression/suicidal ideation, a single session of intravenous ketamine resulted in 51% of patients responding and maintaining the response one week later.

How Can Ketamine Help?

Ketamine is growing in popularity as a treatment option for bipolar disorder because it does not come with some of the symptoms that traditional bipolar treatments can cause, like weight gain.

If you are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or have Suicidal Ideations, and get the right help, you can go on to live a very successful and fulfilling life.

Ketamine is fast-acting and you may experience positive results a few hours after your first infusion. Most clients will notice positive results a couple of days after their 3rd infusion. Progress after the first infusion may be subtle, gradual, or intermittent over several days. With an effective rate of up to 80%, patients may experience lasting relief after completing six infusions.

Many clients know whether the treatments are a good option for them after the first infusion. In some cases where a client is unsure, we suggest proceeding through the 3rd infusion before a decision to continue or stop treatments, as it can be difficult to notice positive changes after years of living with bipolar disorder or experiencing suicidal ideations.

When used in a safe, controlled environment under proper supervision, ketamine can provide near-immediate relief from emotional and physical pain, while helping to look deeply into one’s self. With the support of a trained practitioner, these experiences offer an expanded perspective that can help you reframe complex problems and heal from chronic and intractable symptoms.

If you are in crisis

Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to everyone. 

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