Suicidal Ideation Treatment
New Suicidal Ideation Treatment in Noblesville Provides Rapid Relief for Patients
Suicide claimed 45,979 lives in 2020. Suicidal thoughts have many causes. Most often, suicidal thoughts are the result of feeling like you can’t cope when you’re faced with what seems to be an overwhelming life situation.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, with about one suicide occurring every eleven minutes. Depression is the most common disorder related to suicide attempts. While many treatment methods exist, most do not work for most people. But help is available. Ketamine therapy is an effective new treatment for those suffering from suicidal ideation.
IMPORTANT: If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, please call 911, 988 (the suicide prevention hotline), or go to your nearest emergency room.
What Are the Symptoms of Depression?
Suicidal ideation shows up in a variety of ways and has a variety of triggers depending on individuals’ genetics, history, and current situation, but some common signs to watch for are:
- Temperament changes
Extreme mood swings
- Engaging in risky behaviors
- Threats of self-injury
- Social withdrawal or isolation
- Lessened interest in things or activities that were once enjoyed
- Inability to experience pleasure
- Panic attacks
- Insomnia or hypersomnia
- Dramatic weight loss or gain
- Poor hygiene
- Memory impairment
- Difficulty focusing
- Intrusive thoughts about death
- Too lethargic to fulfill roles/responsibilities
- Hopeless or helpless feelings
- Elevated anxiety
Why Ketamine for Suicidal Ideation?
Ketamine has proven effective in treating suicidal ideation and other mood disorders, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and bipolar disorder.
Unlike many traditional medications for suicidal ideation, like SSRIs, which can take months to start working, ketamine therapy offers patients relief quickly, with some individuals reporting relief within a few hours of their first infusion session.
How Does Ketamine Treat Suicidal Ideation?
Recent evidence points to ketamine’s inhibitory effects on the NMDA receptor in the lateral habenula. The lateral habenula is a brain region primarily responsible for encoding negative rewards or anti-reward cause-and-effect relationships. Those with anxiety show an overactivity of burst firing in the lateral habenula. As a non-competitive NMDA antagonist, ketamine prevents glutamate from activating the NMDA receptor.
The inhibition of the NMDA receptor may cause a build-up of free glutamate, which then activates the AMPA receptors. When surplus glutamate activates the AMPA receptor, it releases a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) chemical. BDNF, in interaction with the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), promotes new neural growth. This new growth may reroute the brain from hyperactive areas associated with negative reward signals, providing long-term relief from suicidal ideation.
When To Get Help for Depression
Some people have only mild symptoms that stay manageable. While these people still need treatment, their lives are usually not completely disrupted. The following signs may mean it’s time to seek help:
- Irregular sleep habits, like sleeping all day
- Isolation from friends, family, and new acquaintances
- Substance abuse and other harmful forms of self-medication
- Frequent talk or thoughts regarding suicide
If Depression Goes Untreated
Unfortunately, many miss the early warning signs or put off seeking help until the negative impact of depression becomes more pronounced. But putting off treatment until the symptoms are debilitating can wreak havoc on people’s lives.
While awareness is growing, many people do not understand the symptoms of depression in their loved ones’ lives. This can make sustaining a relationship through intensifying depression especially difficult. It is common for romantic relationships to fall apart and marriages to end in divorce when depression gets out of hand.
Addiction often accompanies depressive disorders. When a person uses drugs or alcohol to relieve their symptoms, it is called self-medicating. Though this strategy can provide short-term relief, the prolonged side effects can worsen depression.
Is Ketamine Right for You?
Suicide is a terrible tragedy. If you or someone you love is in immediate danger, dial 911 or seek your nearest emergency room.
K Therapeutics and Wellness mental health service is revolutionizing how Central Indiana residents manage symptoms of suicidal ideation and other treatment-resistant conditions.
If you or someone you love suffers from suicidal ideation, contact us today to learn how ketamine therapy can help! We’re committed to providing the compassionate care and relief you deserve. Your life is precious.
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