How many of you are aware that even a mild brain injury, often called a concussion, can lead to an uncharacteristic change in mood, anxiety, and suicide risk?
Over 41,000 people commit suicide in the US each year according to a recent US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death. In 2013 someone died by suicide every 12.8 minutes. Suicide is a major public health problem also because it is emotionally devastating for those left behind. Of people who committed suicide, 90% had an undiagnosed or untreated mental health condition.
During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, we want to promote resources for and awareness of suicide prevention. Suicidal thoughts don’t discriminate; they can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. These thoughts are commonly associated with depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and drug or alcohol abuse; however, some may feel suicidal when overwhelmed by an emotional crisis, such as the end of a relationship. These times of psychological stress can be worsened by drugs or alcohol, creating a deadly combination. This is why reaching out for help, rather than reaching for a bottle is so vitally important when you are in a crisis.
Suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and depression can also be the consequence of traumatic brain injury (TBI), be it associated with accidents, amateur and professional sports or military service. This silent epidemic may affect as many as 4 million Americans each year. Even a mild brain injury, often called a concussion, can lead to an uncharacteristic change in mood, anxiety, and suicide risk. New treatments are emerging for TBI, so reach out for help. There is something that can be done. TBI is no longer an untreatable condition.
Ketamine has emerged as a highly effective tool for reducing suicidal thoughts and urges. Multiple studies show a reduction in suicidal ideation with the treatment of ketamine, compared to a placebo. This improvement with ketamine occurs very rapidly, often during the infusion or within minutes afterwards. Research has shown a significant decrease in scores on the Scale for Suicide Ideation within 40 minutes post-Ketamine infusion which lasted 10 days or longer. There are few biological treatments that have been found to effectively reduce the intensity of suicidal ideation so quickly. These positive results with Ketamine infusion come with relatively few temporary side effects, such as dizziness. Our own clinical experience has been that patients report dramatic reduction or the elimination of suicidal thoughts and urges often after the first infusion. For many, ketamine takes suicide “off the table”. It simply is no longer an option they contemplate.
There is help and hope for anyone suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide. If you have tried many treatments without success, please reach out and contact us to better understand how we can help you. Contact Neuro-Luminance for more information at 855-978-0808.
If you are feeling suicidal, please reach out…for help, for treatment, for hope and for your life.