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Bipolar Treatment

Ketamine for Bipolar Disorder

Many doctors agree that ketamine is a promisinnovel therapy for bipolar patients

At Luminous Mind Medicine in Oakland, CA, we are proud to offer the latest in mental health treatment options. In addition to high levels of safety standards and patient care, Luminous Mind Medicine utilizes ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of bipolar disorder as well as other mood disorders like depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

Our mission at Luminous Mind Medicine is to provide personalized, high-quality management options for people struggling with treatment-resistant conditions. Ketamine infusions have proven to be a powerful and rapid treatment for bipolar disorder and other mental health conditions.

Why Ketamine?

With traditional depression treatments like antidepressants, it can sometimes take weeks or even months before relief from symptoms is experienced. Ketamine is an inspiring treatment option because in some cases it can provide relief from symptoms within days or even hours.

Ketamine for depression treatment offers fast and efficient relief from the symptoms of clinical depression, with up to 75% of patients reporting a positive response to just a single ketamine infusion.

How Does Ketamine Help With Depression?

The exact mechanism that leads to ketamine treating the symptoms of bipolar disorder is still not entirely understood by research. It is hypothesized that it produces an antidepressant effect via targeting the NMDA receptors inside the brain. By connecting to those receptors, ketamine may be able to amplify the number of glutamate neurotransmitters in the empty space between neurons.

Glutamate then interacts with the AMPA receptors. Together, these receptors bring about the discharge of multiple molecules that boost the brain’s neuroplasticity — essentially, ketamine infusions allow the brain to reset and restore important nerve connections.

If you are looking for a new bipolar disorder treatment in Oakland, California schedule a free consultation with us at Luminous Mind Medicine today!

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 If you’re struggling with bipolar disorder and are in the Oakland, CA, area, we have a solution. Luminous Mind Medicine offers ketamine infusions for bipolar treatment. Our team of doctors and nurses are here to help you get back on your feet and live the life you deserve. We offer ketamine infusions in our office or at home so it’s convenient for everyone!

You can start feeling better today by contacting us to schedule an appointment. We’ll work with you to make sure that everything is covered so there are no worries prior to treatment – just relief from those pesky symptoms of bipolar depression. It’s time to take control of your mental health again!

Bipolar FAQs

Bipolar disorder, sometimes referred to as bipolar depression or manic depression, is a mental health condition characterized by extreme mood swings of emotional highs (known as mania) and lows (known as depression).

During periods of depression, you may experience feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and you may lose interest in your hobbies. When you experience periods of mania, or the less extreme form called hypomania, you may feel euphoric or energetic. These extreme mood swings affect sleep patterns, energy levels, behavior, and your ability to think clearly.

These mood swings typically only occur a few times a year, but bipolar disorder is nevertheless a lifelong condition that can not be “cured” in the traditional manner of speaking. Fortunately, there are treatments both old and new that can provide relief from symptoms.

There are a few different types of bipolar disorder, but all of them have common symptoms of manic and depressive episodes. It is important to verify which type you are suffering from because treatments vary between them.

Bipolar I Disorder – Mania and Depression

Bipolar I disorder is the most common form of bipolar disorder, and it is also the most severe. You must have had at least one manic episode, but most people with bipolar I disorder have also gone through at least one major depressive episode.

Bipolar II Disorder – Hypomania and Depression

If you have bipolar II disorder, you will have recurring episodes of both major depression and hypomania (a less severe form of mania). If you ever go through a manic episode, your diagnosis will then be changed to bipolar I disorder.

Cyclothymia – Hypomania and Mild Depression

This is a milder form of bipolar disorder, where the mood swings are not severe enough to be classified as mania or major depression.

Hypomania is a less severe form of mania, but they feature almost exactly the same symptoms. Mania and hypomania both can lead to problems in your performance at work or in school or conflict in your personal relationships. In severe cases, mania can even trigger a break from reality, psychosis, and can require hospitalization for proper treatment. To be classified as a manic or hypomanic episode, you must have at least three of the following symptoms:

  • Being abnormally energetic
  • Increased agitation
  • Euphoria (an exaggerated sense of self-confidence)
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Unusual talkativeness
  • Being easily distracted
  • Poor decision-making

Even though there is no cure, there are lots of treatments that can help you or someone you love to find relief from their bipolar disorder.

Ketamine Infusions

An innovative and promising new treatment for bipolar disorder is ketamine infusion. Ketamine rose to prominence as an FDA-approved anesthetic, but research in the last two decades indicates it may be the biggest breakthrough in depression or bipolar disorder treatment in years. If you or a loved one is struggling with bipolar disorder, contact us today to learn more about the benefits of ketamine infusion treatment.


Therapy may not fix all your problems, but it can help you identify helpful coping methods for difficult feelings and moods.

Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes like maintaining a regular sleep schedule, cutting out alcohol or drug abuse, eating a healthy diet, staying physically outside, or getting outside for sunlight exposure often may help you relieve the symptoms of bipolar depression.

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