Ketamine Treatment for Suicidal Ideation
Unfortunately, suicide rates in the US have been dramatically rising for decades. Between 1998 and 2018 alone, the suicide rate increased by 35%. This prevalence is a tremendous concern in the medical community and, the search for more rapid relief from acute suicidal ideation (SI) has found ketamine therapy.
Ketamine therapy has been revolutionizing treatment for major depressive disorders in recent years, and its ability to decrease suicidal thoughts has been remarkable. Single doses of ketamine in patients with acute suicidal ideation can be effective almost immediately, giving relief to those who have completely lost hope. Alternatively, many standard antidepressants can take weeks to see benefits. Not to mention, finding the correct medication(s) can be a frustrating guessing game. Because of this, ketamine continues to be used more frequently in these cases and aggressively studied by researchers.
Since the first study of ketamine for humans in 1964, ketamine has been explored and used successfully in many medical applications. Such as an anesthetic on the battlefields of Vietnam, in pediatric emergency rooms, and now in mental health care facilities. As a result, research is broadening, and sample groups are becoming more extensive. What have we found out? We now know that ketamine’s ability to reduce SI in high percentages of patients very rapidly is unprecedented. We also observe that some patients experienced complete remission from suicidal thoughts after multiple days. In the end, the results are hard to ignore, and continued education will hopefully save lives.
FDA Approves Spravato (Esketamine) for SI
The ketamine nasal spray Spravato (esketamine) was recently approved as a medication for suicidal ideation. Esketamine is a chemical “cousin” to ketamine, and its approval for depression has helped shed light on the anti-depressive qualities of ketamine. We will undoubtedly continue to see ketamine and Spravato playing a significant role in the future of mental health.
Suicide is an incredibly difficult thing for everyone involved, and living with those thoughts might seem unbearable. But, there are advanced options for help. Whether emergency doses of ketamine are necessary or an ongoing regimen of ketamine treatments is best. Our staff will walk you through what will be most beneficial. Many of our patients come in feeling like they have tried everything and often leave with renewed hope to successfully manage depressive disorders. Give us a call at 847-236-9310 or fill out our contact form.