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Ketamine May Reduce Depression And Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours

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Reduce Depression And Suicidal Thoughts Fast

prevent-suicide-300x200 Ketamine May Reduce Depression And Suicidal Thoughts Within Hours Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaKetamine, used as an anesthetic for the last 50 years, is now recognized by the medical community as an antidepressant therapy that holds promise.

Though research is still ongoing, Ketamine Therapy proves to reduce the symptoms of depression rapidly in patients that have not responded well to conventional depression medication.

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by the compassionate and hardworking Dr. Steven L. Mandel, provides ketamine infusion treatments to patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Orange County, as well as those traveling to California from out of the state and country.

Promising Research

A recent study in the American Journal of Psychiatry notes that Ketamine Infusion Therapy can eliminate suicidal thoughts in patients with depression within a matter of hours. This delivery of relief from suicidal thoughts is much faster than any other medication currently available.

This study which was conducted by the Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, reviewed 80 patients suffering from clinical depression. They were all suffering from suicidal thoughts strong enough to be delineated as clinical suicidal ideation.

The participants received low dose infusions of either Ketamine or midazolam (a sedative) at random. This was administered for six weeks, and the participants also received their usual psychiatric care during this time. In order to gauge their suicidal thinking and depressive symptoms, the participants were required to fill out questionnaires such as the Beck Depression Inventory or Scale for Suicidal Ideation.

Results of the Study

In a matter of 24 hours, the participants who had been administered Ketamine Therapy indicated that there were major favorable changes in the symptoms compared to those on midazolam. They had a significant reduction in depression symptoms, suicidal thinking, and fatigue. Even the participants that did not respond to midazolam were subsequently put on Ketamine Infusion Therapy, and they reported the same improvements in the symptoms.

Upon further analysis of individual variables, researchers found that three times as many patients reported a reduction in suicidal thoughts than those who experienced lessening of depression symptoms. The results show that Ketamine Infusion Therapy has substantial benefits for patients suffering from suicidal thoughts.

Importance of Ketamine to Treat Depression

The rates of suicide have considerably risen in the last few years. As per CDC, these rates have increased by approximately 27 percent between the years 1997 and 2015. A large proportion of this increase is represented by teens and young adults, specifically girls who form a large part of this increased percentage of suicide rates.

The current study strengthens the growing body of research that suggests that Ketamine Therapy can be a treatment of choice for managing symptoms of depression as well as treating suicidal thinking. Traditional treatments for depression have remained unchanged for years, and it is common knowledge that regular antidepressants may not be effective for many patients.

An author of this study, Michael Grunebaum, has highlighted that there is a crucial window in which severely depressed patients need fast and targeted assistance to rule out self-harm. Patients with suicidal thinking need immediate and quick help at the point when the risk of carrying out the suicide is at its highest.

The accomplished Dr. Steven Mandel receives patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, California, and other towns and neighborhoods in this part of the nation for ketamine infusion treatments.

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625 

Suicidal Thoughts Maybe Reduced by Ketamine IV Treatments

Ketamine-IV-Treatments-reduce-suicide-thoughts-300x199 Fast-Acting Ketamine Helps Reduce Suicidal Thoughts Los Angeles Southern CaliforniaSeconds can make crucial difference when a person feels suicidal. Any delay could cost a life. However, what can health professionals offer in such an emergency? Until recently, there has not been a successful, fast-acting medication to relieve serious depressive symptoms or counteract suicidal thoughts.

Conventional anti-depressants can take more than six weeks to create an impact. Therefore, there is an increasing interest in the medical community about the use of Ketamine Infusion Therapy to treat symptoms that lead to suicidal thoughts.

Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, led by Dr. Steven Mandel, provides ketamine infusion treatments to patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, California, and surrounding areas.

Recent Research Favors Ketamine

According to a 2017 research study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, the use of Ketamine Therapy can help eliminate suicidal thinking in patients within a matter of hours. That is indeed promising. As part of this research, 80 individuals received either Ketamine Infusion Therapy or a benzodiazepine compound known as midazolam at random.

This was a double-blind study and both the groups received their medication intravenously. Ketamine not only relieved severe depression symptoms but also decreased suicidal thoughts immediately. The longer lasting benefits of ketamine turned out to be an unexpected outcome of this single-infusion clinical trial.

While many previous studies have indicated that Ketamine does not provide antidepressant support after a week or two, this new research study showed that the results can last for at least six weeks. The study has deeper implications as it offers new hope in the form of Ketamine Therapy for patients suffering from suicidal thoughts and severe depression.

Controlling Suicidal Thoughts with Ketamine

Emergency rooms are often filled with seriously depressed patients. Hospitals may not have sufficient capacity to provide suicidal patients with sustained care and attention. These patients may have to remain on the wait list for days before a room is available. Even when they are being treated, the results with traditional treatments manifest slowly.

A patient suffering from suicidal thoughts may require faster relief. Ketamine Infusion Treatments have now shown to have an impact on quickly controlling suicidal thoughts. This can enable emergency physicians to feel justified in providing this drug to severely affected patients for immediate relief.

Additional Research

This is not the first Ketamine research study to show promise. A recent meta analysis of five clinical trials indicated that Ketamine displayed large and consistent advantages in the reduction of suicidal thoughts (Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, June 2017). Various other reviews, such as the one in American Journal of Psychiatry from October 2017, also highlight that Ketamine Infusion Therapy is effective in controlling suicidal thoughts.

According to some patients who received Ketamine infusions, they felt very disturbed when depressed and went through an experience as if they were losing control of their mind and body. To worsen matters, they were not adequately treated at hospitals or were provided with ineffective medications. These patients reported that Ketamine Infusion Therapy has helped prevent them from actually committing suicide.

Dr. Steven Mandel cares for patients from Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County, California, and nearby areas across the landscape for ketamine infusion treatments.

For more information about Ketamine Infusion Therapy treatments for depression, bipolar, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), fibromyalgia, pain syndromes and other conditions contact us at the Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in Southern California (Orange County) by clicking here or calling  310-270-0625 

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