Of all the people who have suicidal thoughts, about 30% attempt suicide, a number that highlights how crucial it is to take suicidal thoughts seriously. Patrick Oliver, MD, at MindPeace Clinics in Richmond, Arlington, and Norfolk, Virginia and Washington, D.C., understands the urgent need to treat suicidal thoughts. Yet most conventional medications take between two and eight weeks to take effect, if they help at all. Dr. Oliver offers hope for quick improvement of suicidal thoughts with ketamine infusion therapy. If you have suicidal thoughts, don’t hesitate to call one of the offices or make an appointment online.
Suicidal thoughts range from having a passing idea that you want to die, to frequently thinking about suicide and creating a plan to commit suicide.
Mental health conditions often lead to suicidal thoughts. For example, 30-70% of people who commit suicide are diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder. An addiction to drugs or alcohol also makes you more likely to have suicidal thoughts.
Suicidal thoughts frequently occur in patients with chronic pain, those who are diagnosed with a serious illness, and after a life crisis such as losing your job.
No matter what challenge results in suicidal thoughts, death often seems to be the only answer for people who can’t see any other options.
When someone has suicidal thoughts, they usually give a warning sign. Some warning signs are obvious, but others are more subtle and easy to miss, such as:
Some patients who have suicidal thoughts may get angry more often or talk about getting revenge on other people.
Ketamine is one of the best options for patients with suicidal thoughts because it produces quick results. Standard psychiatric medications take weeks before they improve your symptoms, and that’s only if they actually work for you.
By comparison, ketamine often takes effect within 24 hours after your first infusion. The medication quickly makes its way to your brain, where it directly restores levels of a brain chemical called glutamate.
As ketamine balances glutamate levels, most patients experience a rapid improvement in their suicidal thoughts and accompanying problems such as depression and anxiety.
After you relax in a comfortable reclining chair in the office of MindPeace Clinics, your provider starts an intravenous line and delivers a low dose of ketamine into your bloodstream.
Though you may feel better after your first treatment, you will receive a series of six treatments over about two weeks. The extended treatment produces longer-lasting results.
If you have suicidal thoughts, don’t wait to get treatment. Call the office or book an appointment online today.