Between 1999 and 2015, suicide rates in the U.S. have increased by almost 27%. Young adults and teens, sadly, make up a large proportion of this increase. Until recently, traditional antidepressants and psychiatric care were the most common treatments for depression and suicidal ideation—both of which can take weeks or months to alleviate symptoms, if at all.
A new study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, however, offers hope to those suffering from severe depression—especially those plagued with suicidal thoughts. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center found that low-dose ketamine infusions reduced suicidal thoughts almost immediately—within hours of administration! These dramatic psychiatric improvements lasted upwards of six weeks.
For suicidal individuals, as you can probably imagine, a rapid-acting treatment is oftentimes necessary to prevent them from engaging in self-harm or attempting suicide. The implications of this study could play a major role in reducing the nation’s suicide rate, while also enabling those suffering from severe depression and suicidal ideation to live happier, more fulfilling lives.
The results of this study are just another to add to the growing body of research suggesting that ketamine is the most miraculous antidepressant of our day. More research is, of course, necessary to understand dosing and any long-term or side effects. But this information may pave the way for the development of new, faster acting, more effective antidepressants.
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Ascend Ketamine provides ketamine treatments in Houston and the Greater Houston Area. We use ketamine to treat depression, anxiety, PTSD and other psychiatric disorders, as well as chronic pain conditions, such as CRPS, fibromyalgia, migraine headaches and Lyme disease. If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these conditions, we may be able to help you reclaim your life. Request a complimentary consultation by filling out the brief form below. We will contact you to answer any questions, address your concerns, and determine whether you are a candidate for ketamine infusion therapy.