Better Treatment for Suicidal Ideation in Chattanooga

Suicidal ideation means suicidal thoughts; the act of thinking or planning to take one own’s life by suicide. These suicidal thoughts are common for people suffering from depression or undergoing significant stress. It is important to note that most people who experience suicidal thoughts do not take their own life (although they may still attempt to). Therefore, understanding suicidal ideation and proper treatment is essential.

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Does Ketamine Really Help?

With the analysis of more than 24 articles that included clinical trials, it is confirmed that Ketamine Infusion Therapy can be effective at reducing suicidal ideation. Ketamine has also been shown to help reduce suicidal ideation for those suffering from terminal illnesses such as cancer. In a study focusing on ketamine for suicidal ideation, three days post-infusion, there was a reduction of 90.7% in the Beck Hopelessness Scale scores.

What are the Warning Signs of Suicidal Ideation?

The symptoms of suicidal ideation vary from person to person. These symptoms might include:

  • Continually talking about or making jokes about suicide
  • Pursuing the means of taking your own life, such as buying a gun or gathering pills
  • Mood swings
  • Avoiding social contact
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Reckless or careless behavior
  • Giving away belongings or saying goodbyes
  • A sudden preoccupation with death or violence

Different Types of Suicidal Ideation Treatment

Since suicidal ideation can often overlap with other mental health disorders such as depression or PTSD, many people suffering from suicidal thoughts would benefit from seeking professional help from a mental health provider. Treatments plans for suicidal ideation may include a combination of the following:

  • Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, is a form of therapy where you and your therapist work through the issues that make you feel suicidal and form a treatment plan.
  • Addiction treatment may help if your suicidal thoughts stem from drug or alcohol addiction.
  • Family education can be helpful to you if/when family members are a source of conflict. You can involve your family in your treatment and help them better understand your condition. This might help your loved ones learn how to be a good support system.
  • Medication may be an option for someone who is suffering from suicidal thoughts. While antidepressants might work for some patients, Ketamine Infusion Therapy may help those whose suicidal ideations have been previously treatment-resistant.

We can help treat suicidal ideation

To learn if Ketamine Infusion Therapy is the right treatment option for you, contact us by calling for a free consultation or requesting one online today.