Using Ketamine Treatment for Mood Disorders
Mood disorders are a type of mental health condition that includes bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. An estimated 21.4 percent of adults experience a mood disorder at some point during their lifetime. The National Institute of Mental Health has published various statistics on mood disorders. Did you know that during the past year in the United States, an estimated 9.7 percent of adults had a mood disorder, and the prevalence was higher for females (11.6 percent) than for males (7.7 percent)?
Different types of mood disorders include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Major depressive disorder
- Persistent depressive disorder (Dysthymia)
- Cyclothymic disorder
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Substance-induced mood disorder
The Mayo Clinic says, “If you have a mood disorder, your general emotional state or mood is distorted or inconsistent with your circumstances and interferes with your ability to function. You may be extremely sad, empty or irritable (depressed), or you may have periods of depression alternating with being excessively happy (mania).”
What Causes a Mood Disorder?
Depression and bipolar mood disorders occur for many reasons but most likely result due to an imbalance of chemicals in the brain. Some mood disorders may also be the result of another health condition such as chronic illness, infection, injury or cancer.
Other possible causes are isolation, chronic stress, poor coping skills, or a family history of mood disorder. Certain changes in socio-economic status resulting from major life changes such as death of a loved one, divorce, or loss of a job are other possible contributing factors.
Seek treatment if you experience any of these common symptoms:
- Excessive feelings of sadness
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities
- Extreme sensitivity to failure and rejection
- Trouble concentrating
- Low self-esteem
- Feeling hopeless
- Feeling helpless
- Excessive guilt
- Feeling worthless
- Hostility and aggression
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Trouble sleeping
Frequent health issues that never get better
If the symptoms of your mood disorder are affecting your relationships, work, or social activities, or you or a loved one are having repeated thoughts of death or suicide, please reach out to a healthcare professional to seek treatment.
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What Medications Treat Mood Disorders?
Anyone diagnosed with a mental health condition who would like to find relief for their mood disorder should be under the watchful care of a team of healthcare professionals including primary care physicians and mental health specialists.
Web MD discusses a newly discovered condition, “Persistent Depressive Disorder, a newer diagnosis that consolidates chronic major depressive disorder and dysthymic disorder, is a condition where a person is depressed for at least 2 years.” That is a long time to wait to find a treatment that works!
Doctors and psychiatrists traditionally prescribe various medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants to help treat and stabilize mood disorders. Some of the drugs that may help prevent the extreme swings between mania (highs) and depression (lows) include:
- Valproic acid
Antidepressants are also often prescribed as part of a comprehensive treatment plan but they can trigger a manic episode in some people. Anyone taking any of these powerful mood stabilizers needs continual monitoring to watch for possible adverse side effects.
However, all of these medications can take weeks before the full effectiveness is experienced by the bipolar patient. Let’s look at a few other types of treatment options including talk therapy, natural remedies, and ketamine infusion therapy.
How Do You Treat Mood Disorders Naturally?
The symptoms of depression don’t always respond to psychotherapy and other medical treatment. A whole food plant-based diet or other healthy nutrition plan is helpful for a variety of medical and mental health disorders. Natural herbal supplements and home remedies used to treat mood disorders have included things like omega-3 fish oil, golden root (Rhodiola Rosea), choline, St. John’s Wort and SAMe.
Light therapy seems to work especially well in people with seasonal affective disorder. The Mayo Clinic has studied research showing that “light therapy mimics natural outdoor light and appears to cause a change in brain chemicals linked to mood. It generally starts working in a few days to a few weeks and causes few side effects.”
Other natural ways to treat mood disorders include things like psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, talk therapy, exercise, meditation, yoga, peer support and even job counseling.
What is the Best Mood Stabilizer?
Mood stabilizer medications, combined with psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy help treat people with bipolar disorder. These medications reduce drastic mood swings and help prevent manic and depressive episodes. The best mood stabilizer medication is the one that works best for your treatment to help reduce your symptoms of depression.
However, as mentioned earlier, it can take time before many prescription medications and mood stabilizers are bringing optimal relief to the patient. On the other hand, a new infusion therapy using ketamine offers sometimes almost immediate relief for anxiety, PTSD, major depression and other mood disorders.
Ketamine Therapy for Mood Disorders
Mood disorders can last for years before the patient reaches out for help, don’t delay seeking treatment from a psychologist, psychiatrist or other medical professional specializing in treating mood disorders and behavioral health conditions. The sooner you ask for help, the sooner you can get back to optimal health and wellness.
Pacific Ketamine Institute is ready to book your first appointment today so you can talk to a member of our caring medical staff and find out if Ketamine for Mood Disorder Treatment is right for you. During your first visit, our medical doctors and clinical staff will do a complete medical history and discuss options for setting up a comprehensive treatment plan using ketamine therapy.
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