New Bipolar Treatment in Iowa

When you have bipolar disorder, the extremes of your emotions can be exhausting and detrimental to a healthy life, especially if your previous treatments were not effective. The team at Midwest Ketafusion®️ in Iowa City, Iowa, is proud to offer ketamine infusions as an evidence-based treatment for bipolar depression. For an in-depth consultation regarding your bipolar disorder, call or book an appointment online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that involves cycles of extreme, deep depression and intense euphoria, or mania. These cycles can have a profound impact on your life, job, and relationships.

Bipolar depression is often the most prominent of the cycles, frequently involving severe and extreme symptoms. Bipolar mania is the key distinguishing factor of this disorder, often presenting as extreme irritability, restlessness, extreme behaviors, and elevated levels of energy.

Bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia, or another mood disorder. Treatment can be difficult because symptoms are varied and denial of symptoms is not uncommon.

What are symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar mania may present abruptly, often after a long period of depression or after a specific traumatic event. Symptoms can be very mild or very extreme.

Mania symptoms are unique to each person, and include:

  • Decreased sleep or inability to rest
  • Increased mood, confidence, and energy
  • Fast speech and racing thoughts
  • Poor judgment or impulsive decision making

In contrast, bipolar depression causes:

  • Extreme feelings of hopelessness or sadness
  • Constant feelings of apathy or helplessness
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Decreased energy
  • Sleeping too much or inability to rest

Bipolar depression can be severe, deep, and feel unrelenting, especially if traditional treatments fail to relieve symptoms.

How can ketamine treat bipolar depression?

The team at Midwest Ketafusion®️ works closely with your medical and mental health professionals to develop a multi-disciplinary treatment plan for your bipolar disorder. They offer low-dose ketamine infusions, which studies have shown improve the extreme depressive symptoms related to bipolar depression.

Your treatment plan is developed after an initial consultation, which includes an extensive health history and physical exam. While the plan of care is different for each patient, your plan will likely include a series of around six ketamine infusions, lasting about 40 minutes each, over 1-2 weeks.

Maintenance doses are sometimes required to help manage your long-term symptoms. Other treatments that may be part of your holistic care plan include psychotherapy, lifestyle counseling, nutritional counseling, and mood-stabilizing medications.

For a in-depth consultation regarding treatment of your bipolar depression, call or book an appointment online with Midwest Ketafusion®️ today.

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