Ketamine: A Revolutionary Suicidal Ideation Treatment
Ketamine Infusion Therapy is a highly effective suicidal ideation treatment for patients struggling with suicidality, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other mood disorders. Ketamine treatment is the only intervention capable of eliminating suicidal thinking independently of other depression symptoms. After treating thousands of patients since early 2014, we’ve learned that depression and suicidal thoughts are separable. While depression may return months or years after an initial series of infusions, suicidality often does not. Additionally, thoughts of self-harm are often the first to go away, with depression symptoms often following soon after.
Understanding Suicidal Thinking
Suicidal thoughts can take over a person’s life. Fortunately, most people preoccupied with suicidal thoughts do not end up following through on their plans; however, even one suicide is one too many. In the United States, there are 144 suicides completed every single day. Those who don’t take action on these thoughts are still profoundly disturbed by them, and the individuals experiencing them can fixate on how they might kill themselves. Many people with suicidal thoughts suffer from depression or other mood disorders. Other symptoms, including hopelessness, sleep disturbance, anxiety, panic attacks, impaired concentration, and extreme guilt, often accompany the recurring thoughts.
Feeling Overwhelmed & Hopeless
In many cases, suicidal thinking results when an individual feels overwhelmed with negative emotions and unable to cope. As such, they often think that the future looks hopeless and bleak. Triggering events can range from financial problems to relationship issues. Usually, the thoughts don’t go away even if the situation disturbing them improves.
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Understanding Active & Passive Suicidal Ideation
What Are Suicidal Ideations?
Suicidal ideations or thoughts range from simply wishing one could disappear without effort (passive suicidal ideation) to putting together an action plan to carry out an act against one’s own life (active suicidal ideation). Whether detailed or not, these thoughts can interfere with a person’s ability to function in day-to-day life. While most people who have suicidal thoughts do not go on to end their own lives, each suicide is a serious matter.
Suicide Risk Factors
There are several risk factors for suicide, including mental health disorders, traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and a painful and chronic illness. However, it is essential to note that these are just risk factors and that people struggling with these issues do not always have suicidal thoughts.
Signs of a Suicidal Person
The desire to end one’s life is not always apparent to others. Some warning signs include:
- Withdrawing from previously enjoyable activities
- Frequently talking about death or dying
- Researching ways to kill oneself
- Expressing feelings of hopelessness
- Increased substance use
- Giving things away and getting affairs in order
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Changes in sleep and mood behaviors
If you or a loved one are engaging in these behaviors, it may be time to seek help. For immediate assistance, please text or call 988, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, which is available 24/7.
Treatment Options for Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
Mental health conditions that trigger suicidal thoughts, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and bipolar disorder, can be treated with antidepressant medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), counseling, positive lifestyle changes, and various other conventional treatments. Talk therapy can be a valuable suicide treatment for those who need support dealing with an overwhelming situation. Therapy for suicidal thoughts can also involve a combination of the following:
- Ketamine infusions and other alternative therapies
- Antidepressants, including SSRIs and MAOIs
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Group therapy
- Healthy lifestyle changes, including sleep hygiene routines, meditation, exercise, volunteering, and stress management
Ketamine Treatment for Suicidal Thoughts
Ketamine therapy has been proven to be a very effective treatment for suicidal thoughts. Results of a 2015 study conducted by the British Medical Association and published in the Psychological Medicine Journal reveal that ketamine is a safe and effective intervention for patients suffering from suicidal ideation. More than 100 other studies support ketamine’s safety and efficacy in treating depression and suicidal ideation; more are currently underway.
At Ketamine Clinics LA, we offer low-dose Ketamine Infusion Therapy for patients suffering from mood disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress, and others that increase the risk of suicidal behavior. We’ve seen a 90% success rate with relieving suicidal ideation.
Get Treatment for Suicidal Ideation Today
There is hope with Ketamine. Suicidal thoughts and depressive symptoms dissipate quickly in most cases after a series of Ketamine Infusion Therapy. Contact Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles today to learn more about the benefits of ketamine treatment for suicidal ideation and other mood disorders.
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Lauren – Mother of PTSD and depression patient
I saw my son once again.
Although all the medical treatment Matt has received was valuable in some way, the only time in 16 years I saw the person who is my son once again quietly emerge, was after the ketamine infusions.
Allen – Engineer
My successes have been phenomenal.
I have cut down on my Effexor to 75 Mg per day. I have eliminated lithium from my regiment and haven’t needed ambien for about month now to sleep. My klonopin I’ve reduced to once every other day. The infusions really helped my depression and chronic pain in my neck. My depression has never been better and I am cutting down on my other medications with great success. Thank you, thank you Dr. Mandel!
Katharine – Registered Nurse
When I found Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles,
When I found Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles and began to research the treatment, I felt my spirits lift. I felt hope. From the moment I called their office, I knew I was in good hands. As someone who works in healthcare, I couldn’t believe how kind and attentive Dr. Mandel and his entire staff were. I know they really care about me. The treatment is the only thing in more than 30 years that has produced such rapid and dramatic improvement in my mood.
Keith – Lawyer
My doctor recommended that I try ketamine
My doctor recommended that I try ketamine at this time because he considers that there is now enough clinical information to make an informed decision about its effectiveness and side effects, and specifically recommended Dr. Mandel, who even with a glowing recommendation from someone for whom I have tremendous respect, vastly exceeded all of my expectations.
Alex – Teacher
Dr. Mandel has truly made my unlivable life, livable again.
Dr. Mandel has truly made my unlivable life, livable again. My ability to get out of bed early and or nearly right as I wake up has significantly improved. I’m able to keep up with my incredibly hectic schedule. My overall mood is high and lethargy is low. My social anxiety is at an all time low, and I haven’t had a panic attack since my first infusion.