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Suicidality Treatment

Apex Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine Infusion Specialist located in Glenwood Springs, CO

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and rates are rising, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the expert team at Apex Ketamine Therapy in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, understands that intrusive thoughts and feelings of suicide can take over, suicide is never the answer. Fortunately, innovations in ketamine infusion therapy offer hope. One recent study suggests that ketamine infusions can eliminate suicidal thoughts and feelings in as little as one treatment, with results that last for weeks, all without inpatient treatment or ER visits. This can break the deadly cycle and allow you to begin your recovery. Hope leads to healing, and healing leads to health. Find out how by calling Apex Ketamine Therapy, or book an appointment online.

Suicidality Treatment Q & A

What is suicide?

Suicide is the intentional act of taking one’s own life. While there is no single cause of suicide, depression is the most common risk factor. Other mental health conditions, such as anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse, can also play a role in a person’s decision to take their own life.

If you or someone you love is considering taking their own life, watch out for the following suicide warning signs:

  • Feeling hopeless
  • Depression
  • Physical and emotional pain
  • Increased substance abuse 
  • Loss of interest
  • Insomnia
  • Severe anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Anger

Not everybody displays the same suicidal signs, so it’s important to create a safe space for your loved ones to communicate feelings of hopelessness or depression.

What are the risk factors associated with suicide?

People can develop suicidal thoughts and ideations for no clear reason. However, the following risk factors may raise your risk of suicidality:

  • Family history of suicide
  • Substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, etc.)
  • Trauma
  • Childhood abuse
  • Chronic pain
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Long-term stress
  • Bullying
  • Relationship problems
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder

If you have attempted suicide in the past, you may be at a greater risk of trying again in the future, so it’s important to seek help right away to keep suicidal ideations from taking your life.


How can ketamine infusion therapy treat suicidality?

Ketamine is commonly used as an anesthetic for humans and animals alike. When taken in smaller doses, however, this versatile medication has been shown to decrease the symptoms of depression and suicidality.

Researchers believe that ketamine interrupts the NMDA neural receptors in your brain, which help control memory function and neuroplasticity. This essentially rewires your brain and weakens certain triggers that you associate with suicidal ideations.

After just one 45-minute ketamine infusion therapy treatment, many patients report feeling calmer and with improved moods within just 48 hours. Results vary so the team at Apex Ketamine Therapy will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that helps combat suicidality.

While shown to be an effective treatment against suicidality, ketamine infusion therapy is not a replacement for counseling and therapy. It is important to seek help from multiple sources.

If you think ketamine infusion therapy can help treat your suicidal thoughts and feelings, call Apex Ketamine Therapy or book an appointment online.