Dosage of IV ketamine is decided based on the patient’s body weight (0.5mg/kg). The drug is administered at a slow and controlled pace to the patient by a trained clinician. Patients do not experience any respiratory depression during or after the treatment.
IV ketamine doesn’t have any long-lasting associated side effects. Although some people may experience sensitivity to light and/or sound and disorientation while the treatment is administered, these feelings subside quickly when the treatment is finished.
IV ketamine can cause feelings of dissociation while the treatment is being administered. However, many patients report that these feelings of dissociation can help them step back from intense negative feelings.
At Neuro Wellness Spa, our IV ketamine treatments usually last between 40 and 50 minutes. Our patients recline in a relaxing, private room and are monitored by a nurse during the entire procedure. Many prefer to have the lights dimmed and listen to relaxing music while the ketamine is administered.
Unlike traditional treatments and medications, like SSRIs, most patients feel relief from their symptoms with the very first IV ketamine treatment. This improvement wanes over the subsequent 24-48 hours, but as the IV ketamine protocol continues, the symptom relief becomes increasingly sustained. The typical course of treatment includes 8-12 infusions over the course of 3-4 weeks.
What is Acute Suicidality?
Suicidal ideation is complex. It does not have a singular cause. However, undiagnosed or untreated depression is one of the most common mental health disorders associated with suicide.
Risk factors for suicidal ideation include:
- Genetics: People with blood relatives that have had suicidal thoughts are more likely to have them as well.
- Biochemistry: Chemical imbalances in the brain have long been thought to contribute to suicidal ideation, and are the target of many medication treatment options. A history of mental health disorders, addiction or traumatic brain injury increases the risk of suicidal ideation.
- Environment: Exposure to hormones triggered by very stressful situations like violence, abuse, neglect, addiction relapse and poverty are thought to contribute to suicidal ideation.
Acute Suicidality Statistics
Although suicide is a major public health concern, it is preventable. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Globally, one person dies every 40 seconds due to suicide. Suicide rates are the highest among adults aged 45 to 64.
Signs and Symptoms of Acute Suicidality
Warning signs of acute suicide risk may include:
- Expression of specific plans with the active intent to self harm
- Current signs and symptoms of psychiatric disorders
- Perceived acute psychosocial stressors
- Past attempts, aborted attempts or rehearsal behaviors
- Difficulty maintaining safety despite external help or support
If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these signs, call a suicide hotline. Suicidal thoughts are treatable, but they will not go away on their own. We are also here to help.