Bipolar Disorder


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If you or someone you care about has bipolar disorder, a comprehensive and customized treatment plan can provide a path of help and hope. At Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness in San Diego, California, founder Lindsey Garrett, RN, MBA, CCRN, and team member Benjamin Illum, MD, offer alternative mental health treatments that can help stabilize your mood so you can have a high-quality life. Call the office today or click on the contact page to book an appointment to learn more.

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that presents with extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). Individuals with bipolar disorder experience intense shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels, impacting their ability to function in daily life.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Symptoms of bipolar disorder vary between the manic and depressive phases.

Manic episodes involve:

  • Elevated mood (feeling unusually elated, euphoric, or irritable)
  • Increased energy and activity (engaging in excessive or risky behaviors, talking rapidly, and experiencing racing thoughts)
  • Reduced need for sleep (feeling rested after very little sleep)
  • Impaired judgment (engaging in impulsive behaviors, such as reckless spending, substance misuse, or risky sexual activities)

Depressive episodes involve:

  • Persistent sadness (feeling hopeless, empty, or experiencing a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed)
  • Fatigue and low energy (feeling lethargic, experiencing changes in appetite or sleep patterns)
  • Difficulty concentrating (struggling with decision-making and memory)
  • Suicidal thoughts (feeling worthless or having thoughts of death or suicide)

Your mental health expert at Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness can provide an accurate diagnosis after completing a comprehensive evaluation.

I have a family member with bipolar disorder. Could I have it, too?

The exact cause of bipolar disorder isn’t fully understood, but it’s believed to involve a combination of genetic, biological, and environmental factors. A family history of the disorder, neurotransmitter imbalances, and stressful life events can contribute to its development.

How is bipolar disorder treated?

Ketamine therapy represents a groundbreaking approach to managing bipolar disorder, offering rapid relief from depressive symptoms and potentially stabilizing mood over the long term. While further research is needed to fully understand its efficacy and safety, many individuals have experienced significant improvements in their quality of life with this innovative treatment. If you or a loved one is struggling with bipolar disorder, consider discussing ketamine therapy with one of our professionals to explore whether it may be a suitable option for you.

At Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness, the team may treat bipolar disorder using a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes.

To learn more about bipolar disorder and treatment for the condition, book an appointment today by phone or online.

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