Suicide

 

Suicidal thoughts can take over a person’s life.  Fortunately the majority of people preoccupied with suicidal thoughts do not end up following through on their plans, however, even one suicide is one too many.  In the US there are 129 suicides completed every single day.  Those who don’t take action on these thoughts are still deeply disturbed by them and the individual experiencing them can fixate on different ways they might kill themselves.  Many people with suicidal thoughts are suffering from depression or other mood disorders so the recurring thoughts are often accompanied by symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, impaired concentration and extreme guilt.

In many cases this type of thinking is linked to an overwhelming situation that the individual feels they cannot cope with and the future looks hopelessly bleak.  This can range from financial problems to relationship issues.  Some people are at higher risk of suicide than others; anyone diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder may experience suicidal thinking more frequently than others.  Often the thoughts don’t go away even if the situation which caused the emotional disturbance improves.

Ketamine infusion therapy has been proven to be a very effective suicidal treatment.  Results of a 2019 study conducted by Lori Calabrese, a Connecticut psychiatrist and ketamine provider reveals that ketamine treatments are a safe and effective intervention for clients suffering from suicidal ideation and for those at risk for suicidal behavior. Her study, which included her clients from all walks of life, income and physical health status, showed that suicidal thoughts were gone in 81% of clients after the third infusion.  

If you or a loved one has suicidal thoughts or has been diagnosed with a mood disorder, Ketamine infusions can help to reduce intrusive suicidal thoughts and feelings of self harm.  Contact us today to learn more about the benefits of ketamine treatment for suicidal thoughts and mood disorders.

If you or a loved one are in crisis, and need urgent help, please call the national suicide helpline 1-800-273-TALK, or the national crisis text line (text MN to 741-741). If there is danger of someone hurting themselves, call 911 and tell the dispatcher that it is a mental health emergency. 

Ketamine for Rapid Reduction of Suicidal Ideation - 2015 Study Results

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