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Bipolar Disorder Specialist


Ketamine Infusion Therapy located in Central, Austin, TX & Bee Cave, TX

Cycling between profound depression and extreme elation is a lifelong struggle for those diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and finding an effective treatment can be challenging. At Illumma in Austin and Bee Cave, Texas, Ken Adolph, MD, and the ketamine infusion specialists offer guidance and compassionate, patient-centered treatment for bipolar disorder. To schedule a consultation with the experienced team, call the office or book online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder, also referred to as manic-depressive illness, is a mood disorder that involves fluctuations between a hyperactive, or manic state, to a depressed state. These mood changes affect energy, behavior, and activity levels, as well as your ability to manage day-to-day tasks.

Bipolar disorder is common and affects about 2% of the population in the United States. The disorder typically presents when people are between 20 and 30 years old, but it’s not unusual to experience symptoms in late childhood. 

Bipolar disorder affects men and women equally. However, men tend to exhibit more manic episodes, while women tend to have more depressive episodes. 

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder symptoms can vary based on the current state of mood. 

During a manic episode, symptoms may include:

  • Elation
  • High energy
  • Flight of ideas
  • Impaired judgment
  • Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity
  • Jumpiness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Agitation or irritability
  • Risky behavior (such as spending sprees)

Manic episodes can last a few days to a few weeks or even several weeks to months. But it’s important to know that you can also experience hypomania. During hypomanic episodes, you have the same symptoms, but they’re less severe. 

Full-blown mania often leads to hospitalization. By comparison, people with hypomanic symptoms often keep up with their daily responsibilities.

During a depressive episode, symptoms may include:

  • Feeling sad, down, or hopeless
  • Low energy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Changes in sleep pattern
  • Decreased activity level
  • Feeling worried or empty
  • Change in appetite
  • Difficulty concentrating

The symptoms of the depressive episodes can be debilitating.

How can ketamine infusion therapy treat my bipolar disorder?

Ketamine is an anesthetic often used during surgery. In recent years, researchers have learned that ketamine effectively treats psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder and especially bipolar depression. 

Ketamine is an NMDA receptor antagonist and an AMPA receptor stimulator. That means it inhibits some nerve activities while stimulating others.

The actions of ketamine are complex, but it comes down to this: Ketamine triggers numerous chemical reactions in your brain, and they work together to improve your symptoms. 

For example, ketamine leads to a surge in glutamine, the neurotransmitter that regulates mood. It also activates the formation of new receptors and synapses to improve connections between neurons. If you experience bipolar disorder, there is a deficiency in these neural connections.

To schedule a free consultation with the experts at Illumma to learn more about ketamine infusion therapy, call the office or click the online booking button.