What are Mood Disorders?
Mood disorders are mental health conditions affecting a patient’s emotional state for several weeks or longer.
They cause continued and intense feelings of sadness, elation, and/or irritability. These feelings interfere with a patient’s ability to function and disrupt their quality of life.
It is estimated that 21.4% of all U.S. adults experience one or multiple mood disorders at some point in their lifetimes. Forty-five percent of all adults diagnosed with mood disorders are considered seriously impaired by their condition.
The professionals at Ketamine Wellness Infusions PA are happy to offer groundbreaking treatment for mood disorders in the Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, and Doylestown, PA areas through ketamine therapy.
When used in conjunction with traditional treatment methods, ketamine therapy for mood disorders has been proven to alleviate symptoms of mood disorders more quickly and provide longer-lasting results.
Continue reading to learn more about mood disorders and how ketamine therapy helps alleviate symptoms in this article.
Different Types of Mood Disorders
Bipolar disorder is one of the most common mood disorders that causes patients to experience extreme mood swings between depression, mania, and euphoria.
Other common types of mood disorders are listed below. Patients diagnosed with the below disorders do not typically experience manic symptoms:
- Major Depression: Patients feel depressed throughout the day for multiple days per week.
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Depression that occurs during the same time every year.
- PTSD: Severe depression that occurs in patients who have witnessed and/or experienced a traumatic event.
- Postpartum Depression: Experienced by men and women. A long-lasting form of depression that continues for a year or more after childbirth.
- Persistent Depressive Disorder: Depression lasting for 2 years or longer.
- Psychotic Depression: Depression with hallucinations, delusions, and/or paranoia.
Common symptoms of mood disorders are irritability, anxiety, aggression, and/or hostility. Physical symptoms can range from changes in sleeping patterns to difficulty concentrating, and a loss of appetite. Some patients may experience difficulty concentrating and weight gain.
Patients may also experience more extreme symptoms such as thoughts about death, or suicide, and may engage in risk-taking behaviors.
If you or someone you know has thoughts of death or suicide, call the suicide hotline at 988.
How to Treat Mood Disorders
Traditional treatment options for mood disorders consist of antidepressants and psychotherapy. Many patients benefit from a combination of the two treatments.
In recent years, ketamine has been used as an alternative method of treatment.
When combined with current treatment plans, patients have experienced increased management of their symptoms.
Ketamine therapy has been proven to work more rapidly than traditional treatment methods like antidepressants. Some patients experience positive effects from ketamine treatment after one session.
Ketamine Treatment for Mood Disorders: How does it Work?
Ketamine is known for increasing glutamate, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Increased glutamate levels have been shown to improve a patient’s mood, and decrease levels of depression and/or anxiety.
Ketamine can decrease the inflammation of the nervous system, as well as stimulate the development of new nerve connections that are impaired by mood disorders.
Frequently reported benefits from patients are elevated mood, decreased depression and anxiety, improved energy levels, and improved coping mechanisms.
The majority of patients who respond well to ketamine treatment experience positive effects within several hours.
If a patient responds positively to their first two treatments, they will have a series of six total infusions. A series of treatments produce long-lasting results. After the initial series, only a few maintenance treatments are needed.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
The professionals at Ketamine Wellness Infusions PA are happy to work with patients in Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, and Doylestown, PA diagnosed with mood disorders.
Before your visit, we work closely with your current provider to develop a treatment plan that is best suited for your condition. After a treatment plan is identified, we will schedule your first infusion.
Contact our team today to learn more about ketamine infusion therapy for mood disorders. We look forward to helping you achieve better days ahead.
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How Does Ketamine Work?
Ketamine is mostly known for its action on the NMDA receptor in the brain, leading to increased activity of a neurotransmitter called glutamate. Increased glutamate levels may enhance one’s mood, decrease anxiety or depression symptoms. Ketamine can decrease the inflammation of the nervous system, as well as stimulate the development of new nerve connections. Frequently reported benefits from our patients are elevated mood, decreased depression and anxiety, improved energy levels, improved coping mechanisms, and others.
Is Ketamine Therapy Right For Me?
Ketamine offers a rapid and robust alternative to traditional medical and psychiatric treatments for pain syndromes and mental health disorders. Intravenous ketamine infusions often succeed where first-line therapies have failed to relieve your symptoms.
Patients who continue to struggle with symptoms caused by anxiety, major depression, postpartum depression, treatment-resistant depression, and bipolar depression often experience improvement within hours of their first ketamine treatment.
Ketamine offers such rapid results that it’s especially beneficial for treating patients with suicidality who can’t wait weeks or months to see if a psychiatric medication might help. Ketamine also offers effective symptom relief for PTSD and OCD.
Ketamine Can Help Treat The Following Conditions
Ketamine has been found to relieve the symptoms of depression within hours, rather than the usual weeks most antidepressants can take.
Ketamine has found success relieving the symptoms of anxiety and panic in those suffering from these conditions.
Ketamine is highly effective for major depressive disorder and recommended as adjunctive therapy for patients with bipolar depression.
Those suffering from PTSD after one or more traumatic events may find relief with Ketamine Infusion Treatment.
Ketamine is an exceptional option for treating suicidality because it produces exceptional quick results
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