Ketamine infusion therapy is a viable treatment option for patients struggling with mental health issues and illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Many patients suffering from these conditions have recurring suicidal thoughts and struggle with intrusive thoughts that can cause self-harm or, tragically, lead to suicide. Suicidal thinking can be controlled with ketamine therapy, a fast-acting medication that provides relief from depressive symptoms and can effectively eliminate suicidal thoughts. Ketamine treatment is the only intervention that can actually eliminate suicidal thinking independently of other symptoms or mood disorders.
Understanding Suicidal Thinking
Suicidal thinking can take over a person’s life and fortunately, the majority of people preoccupied with suicidal thoughts do not end up following through on their plans. However, these suicidal thoughts can become an obsession as the individual experiencing them fixates on different ways they might kill themselves. Many people with suicidal thoughts are suffering from depression or another mental illness so the recurring thoughts may be accompanied by symptoms such as anxiety, panic attacks, impair concentration, isolating oneself, 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 divorce. Some people are at a 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 thought to be the cause improves.
Treatment Options for Suicidal Thoughts
Mental health problems that trigger suicidal thoughts, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, can be treated with antidepressant medication, cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling, and lifestyle changes. Talk therapy can be valuable for those who simply need support to deal with an overwhelming situation. Common treatment options for suicidal thinking include:
- Antidepressants, including SSRIs and MAOIs
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Group therapy
- Healthy lifestyle changes
Ketamine Infusion Therapy for Suicidal Thoughts
Ketamine therapy has been proven to be very effective for treating depressive symptoms and can reduce the frequency of suicidal thoughts. Results of a 2015 study conducted by the British Medical Association and published in the Psychological Medicine journal reveals ketamine intervention is a safe and effective intervention for patients suffering from suicidal ideation and for those at risk for suicidal behavior.
We offer low-dose ketamine infusion therapy at our practice for patients suffering from mood disorders, including depression, bipolar disorder, and other forms of mental illness that increase the risk of suicidal behavior. We have seen patients’ depression remain but their suicidal thoughts eliminated, allowing for an important period of safety and hope to address other symptoms. In most cases, all mood disorder symptoms are alleviated by at least 50% or more.
Get Treatment for Suicidal Thoughts Today
If you or a loved one has frequent suicidal thoughts or has been diagnosed with a mental illness, ketamine infusion therapy could help to reduce intrusive suicidal thoughts and feelings of self harm. Contact Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles today to learn more about the benefits of ketamine therapy for symptoms of mental illness.