Bipolar Disorder Specialist

West Michigan Ketamine Clinics

Mental Health clinic and Ketamine Clinic located in Grand Rapids, MI

Bipolar disorder can have a devastating effect on your whole life because of the extreme variations in your moods. At West Michigan Ketamine Clinics in Wyoming, Michigan, Nicholas Kolascz, CRNA, and the experienced team provides specialized ketamine infusion treatments that can help relieve the symptoms of bipolar disorder and allow you to get on with your life. Even when you have treatment-resistant bipolar disorder, ketamine therapy could help. Call West Michigan Ketamine Clinics or book an appointment online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a serious, life-altering mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings. Its previous name, manic depression, gives an indication of the two opposite states of mind people experience when they have bipolar disorder.

People who have bipolar disorder jump between feeling full of energy, to the point of hyperactivity, and suffering profound depression that robs them of all their energy and enthusiasm. These moods cycle in phases, so you go from a spell of manic activity for a few weeks to several months of being severely depressed before another period of hyperactivity.

Bipolar disorder doesn’t have one specific cause. Research indicates that the brains of people with bipolar disorder function in a different way, but it’s not clear why. There’s likely a genetic link as bipolar disorder tends to run in families, but no gene or gene combination is entirely responsible for causing bipolar disorder.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Symptoms vary between the depression and manic phases of bipolar disorder. Symptoms of the depression phase of bipolar disorder include:

  • Lack of energy
  • Sleeping too much
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Worthlessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Concentration problems
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor diet
  • Suicidal feelings

Symptoms of the manic phase of bipolar disorder include:

  • Boundless energy
  • Hyperactivity
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Feeling high
  • Racing thoughts
  • Feeling invincible
  • Risk-taking behaviors
  • Promiscuity
  • Overspending

Swinging between these extreme states of mind is both physically and mentally draining. To make matters worse, in a depressive phase, you might struggle to deal with the fallout of reckless behavior during a manic phase. Conversely, when you feel energized, you might push yourself to extremes trying to achieve what you couldn’t during a depressive phase.

Left untreated, people with bipolar disorder often struggle to keep a job or maintain personal relationships. With the right treatment, however, there is every chance you can live a happier, healthier life.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

There are several treatments that effectively reduce the symptoms of bipolar disorder. These include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Atypical antipsychotics
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Family-focused therapy
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Social rhythm therapy

Finding the combination of therapies that works for you may take time, and some of the medications you try might cause intolerable side effects, but many people find relief from their symptoms with these treatments. For those who don’t, an alternative is ketamine therapy.

Ketamine is an anesthetic that’s also used to treat mental health disorders and chronic pain conditions. It’s an FDA-approved drug for treating bipolar disorder, and many patients at West Michigan Ketamine Clinics find it helps considerably, even when other treatments don’t. 

Ketamine infusion therapy involves using an intravenous drip to introduce ketamine directly into your bloodstream. You should feel the difference within a few hours. 

To find out more about ketamine therapy for your bipolar disorder, call West Michigan Ketamine Clinics or book an appointment online today.