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Bipolar Disorder Specialist

Megan Baerny, CRNA -  - Ketamine Infusion Clinic

Repose

Megan Baerny, CRNA

Ketamine Infusion Clinic located in Lake Oswego, OR

Bipolar disorder is a common mental health condition that affects more than five million Americans. Unfortunately, research suggests that 51% of people with bipolar disorder don’t realize it. If you regularly experience mood swings or feelings of depression, it’s important to seek professional help. Megan Baerny, CRNA, and the team at Repose in Lake Oswego, Oregon, proudly offer ketamine infusion therapy to ease the symptoms of bipolar disorder. To make an appointment, call the office or request a consultation online today.

Bipolar Disorder Q & A

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings, including significant emotional highs (mania) and lows (depression). If you have bipolar disorder, you might feel foggy-headed and disinterested in normal activities one day and euphoric and energetic the next. 

Some people with bipolar disorder experience mood swings frequently, while others experience them once or twice a year. Although bipolar disorder is a chronic condition, with proper treatment, it’s possible to manage the symptoms.

Are there different types of bipolar disorder?

There are four different types of bipolar disorder:

Bipolar I 

If you are diagnosed with bipolar I, it means you have had at least one manic episode which may be followed by a major depressive episode. People with bipolar I may also experience breaks with reality from time-to-time, known as psychosis. 

Bipolar II

If you are diagnosed with bipolar II, it means you have had cycling episodes of major depression and hypomania (a less severe form of mania). 

Cyclothymic disorder

If you are diagnosed with cyclothymic disorder, it means you have experienced at least two years of multiple periods featuring hypomania symptoms followed by depressive symptoms. However, these depressive symptoms aren’t as severe as a major depressive episode.

Other types

Certain illicit drugs or a medical diagnosis such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or Cushing’s disease can trigger a bipolar episode. This type of bipolar is especially rare. 

When should I see a doctor regarding bipolar disorder?

Many times, people with bipolar disorder don’t realize how much their symptoms negatively impact their quality of life. Even if you feel productive and happy during a manic episode, it’s only a matter of time before it’s followed by a crash, featuring low energy and depression. 

If you regularly experience emotional ups and downs, make an appointment with the team at Repose.

How does ketamine infusion therapy help treat bipolar disorder?

If you have bipolar disorder, certain areas of your brain, including those responsible for higher-level thinking and memory, become damaged. Ketamine infusion therapy helps heal these neural pathways, relieving your symptoms and improving your quality of life. Though ketamine infusion therapy isn’t a cure, it can help you feel better through repeated infusions.

To learn more about treating your bipolar disorder with ketamine infusion therapy at Repose, call the office or request a consultation online today.