Comparing Two Treatments For Bipolar Disorder

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Comparing Two Treatments for Bipolar Disorder Bipolar disorder is a mental health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. It is typically treated with a combination of mood stabilizers and antidepressants. It can take a patient and their doctor a long time to find the right combination of medications to effectively treat their bipolar disorder. Some individuals do not find much comfort in any level of the traditional medications and continue to struggle with their depression. Recently, scientists have been looking into newer ways to help treat bipolar disorder. Two of these new treatments for helping people suffering from bipolar depression are the use of ketamine and olanzapine. Ionescu et al. (2015) examined the use of ketamine to treat bipolar depression. Ketamine is an anesthetic drug. Lately, there has been a lot of research into possible treatment of several psychological disorders using sub-anesthetic levels of ketamine. Recent research has shown ketamine to be effective at treating depression in patients with treatment resistant bipolar I and bipolar II. Ionescu et al. (2015) examined if the antidepressant effects of ketamine in bipolar patients, was lessened if they had comorbid anxiety. This study was part of a larger, double blind, placebo controlled study, which examined the safety of using ketamine with mood stabilizers. The participants in this study were split into two groups, those with comorbid anxiety, and those without. All participants received
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