Suicidal Thoughts

Delaware Valley Wellness Center -  - Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Delaware Valley Wellness Center

Ketamine Infusion Therapy & Mental Health Clinic located in Voorhees, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Delaware

Suicide, the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States, is usually preceded by suicidal thoughts, even if you don’t let others see signs of your deep distress. Angela Jones, MD, and the team at Delaware Valley Wellness Center in Voorhees, NJ, Philadelphia, PA and Delaware, have experience using ketamine infusions to quickly stop suicidal ideation. If you think about suicide, don’t wait to schedule treatment. Call the office to learn more about ketamine therapy.

Suicidal Thoughts Q & A

What does it mean to have suicidal thoughts?

Having suicidal thoughts, called suicidal ideation, means that you’ve considered killing yourself. Your thoughts may range from a fleeting wish to die during a difficult time to frequently thinking about suicide, or creating a detailed plan about how you might commit suicide.

For most patients struggling with suicidal thoughts, death seems to be the only option when they can’t cope with overwhelming problems. While suicidal thoughts may be triggered by a single event like loss of your job, the death of a loved one, or learning you have a serious medical condition, patients often have several stressors in their life that work together to create deep despair.

Depression is frequently the underlying cause of suicidal ideation. However, these thoughts aren’t always related to a mental health condition.

What should I do if I have suicidal thoughts?

If you’re planning suicide, or if a friend or loved one has talked about committing suicide, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255, call 9-1-1, or go to your local emergency room for help.

Take these steps when suicidal thoughts turn to planning how to kill yourself:

  • Talk to a friend or family member you trust
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Go to a place that’s safe
  • Wait several days before acting on suicidal thoughts

It’s also important to get rid of anything you could use to commit suicide, such as sharp knives, firearms, and medications.

How are suicidal thoughts treated?

Mental health professionals treat suicidal thoughts by identifying and treating the underlying mental or physical conditions. Your treatment may include one of the many medications available for treating psychological conditions, psychotherapy, or addiction treatment.

The team at Delaware Valley Wellness Center specializes in ketamine therapy, which is proven to decrease suicidal ideation and is an exceptional treatment option because it:

  • Works quickly, often with results within 1-4 hours
  • Results last about 10 days, giving you time for ongoing treatment with your therapist.
  • Treats underlying problems associated with suicidal thoughts like depression, anxiety, and pain

Ketamine has been safely used for decades, where large doses are given during surgery for anesthesia. When low doses are administered, however, ketamine produces a different effect. Low-dose ketamine quickly balances brain chemicals to relieve suicidal thoughts and depression.

If you have persistent suicidal thoughts, call Delaware Valley Wellness Center to talk about ketamine infusion.