The news is often the same. Whether the person is famous or only known to a small circle of family friends and associates, taking their own life comes as a shock. Often people say, “well, I knew they were struggling with depression, but seemed to be getting better”, or “I never thought they would really do that!” The second guessing does nothing to benefit the person who is gone, nor comfort those left behind.
It makes me want to scream. I HAVE AN ANSWER! I CAN HELP THESE PEOPLE!
Typical treatment with anti-depressants can actually increase risk of suicide. That is why when some people think their loved one is getting “better” on meds, they are actually only relieved having made the decision to end their life. Suicide risks INCREASE with anti-depressants. But research shows, ketamine infusions actually reduce suicidal thoughts. So much so that emergency rooms have utilized this strategy.
What are some indications that your friend or family member might be suicidal?
- Talking about death or suicide
- Buying a gun, stockpiling pills, or acquiring other means to end your life
- Increasing isolation
- Wider mood swings (happy one minute, severely depressed the next)
- Feeling trapped or hopeless
- Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
- Changing routine such as eating or sleeping patterns
- Engaging in risky activities
- Suddenly giving away belongings
- Saying goodbye to people as if they won’t be seen again
- Becoming increasingly agitated.
One of the most important things you can do is talk about it. Sometimes people fear asking a friend or family member about suicide will “put ideas” into their head, or somehow encourage that destructive impulse. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ask your loved one if they are having suicidal thoughts. Acknowledge their feelings “You must feel so overwhelmed if you feel ending your life is the only way out” or “That sounds like you’re feeling very hopeless and don’t see a future.”
Then, seek professional help. If this is an emergency call 911 or consider a 24hr hotline (1-800-273-8255), and don’t leave the person alone.
Not that immediate? Call the professionals at Ketamine Wellness Centers. We can help decrease your suicidal thoughts and feelings with only one treatment. Unlike traditional treatments for depression, ketamine works with the immediacy you need when someone is desperate. Don’t continue to suffer, and don’t let loved ones perish. There is hope. There is help.
Dr. Ellen Diamond is the Clinical Psychologist for Ketamine Wellness Centers.