Treatment for patients who have suicidal thoughts is a critical part of care at Ketamed Health & Wellness in Rye Brook and Bedford Hills, New York. Dr. Douglas Kornreich, its founder and director, has twenty years of experience in anesthesiology. Dr. Kornreich opened his practice to use ketamine infusion therapy for a range of treatment-resistant medical conditions, including suicidal thoughts, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you or someone you care about has been having suicidal thoughts, call the office or book a consultation with Dr. Kornreich online today.
Ketamine is an anesthesia approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the last decade or so, the drug has also been shown to be an effective treatment for conditions such as suicidal thoughts, depression, and PTSD.
At Ketamed Health & Wellness, Dr. Kornreich and his medical staff administer ketamine infusion therapy through an IV needle in your arm, in the comfort of a private treatment room. You can expect the treatment to take about an hour, and a family member can stay with you.
Several studies on ketamine infusion therapy for treating suicidal thoughts have found the treatment to be effective. A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center and published in December 2017 in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that ketamine was significantly more effective than another sedative in reducing suicidal thoughts in depressed patients.
Ketamine infusion therapy does have some minor side effects. They can include feeling a little disoriented and an increase in blood pressure. However, these side effects dissipate within minutes to hours after treatment.
After the ketamine infusion therapy is over, you're likely to feel better quickly. The treatment has been shown to reduce suicidal thoughts within hours. That’s significant because antidepressants — a common treatment for suicidal thoughts — can take weeks to become effective.
Before your treatment, Dr. Kornreich will talk to you about how you are likely to feel and answer any questions you may have. You can also follow up with Dr. Kornreich and his medical team with any questions following treatment.
Recent studies have found that ketamine infusion therapy can reduce or eliminate suicidal thoughts for up to six weeks after the treatment. Dr. Kornreich will talk to you about the right treatment schedule and frequency for you.
You don’t have to live with suicidal thoughts. If you or someone you love is thinking of suicide, call or book an online appointment today to discuss ketamine infusion therapy treatment with Dr. Kornreich.