Warning Signs of Suicidal Ideation and How to Get Help

Suicidal ideation is having thoughts of suicide. It’s a serious mental health concern that requires immediate intervention. Recognizing the warning signs of suicidal ideation and knowing how to get help can save lives. At Delray Brain Science, we are dedicated to offering effective treatments, including innovative therapies such as ketamine therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), to support individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts.

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Suicidal Ideation

Being able to identify the warning signs of suicidal ideation can be imperative to preventing a potential crisis. Here are some key indicators to be aware of:

  • Making statements about wanting to die, kill oneself, or having no reason to live.
  • Searching for ways to commit suicide, such as buying a gun or accumulating pills.
  • Isolating from friends, family, and social activities.
  • Unusual changes in mood, such as being very depressed and then suddenly calm or happy.
  • Escalating use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Disposing of personal belongings or making arrangements for loved ones.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Engaging in self-destructive behaviors, such as cutting or reckless driving.
  • Expressing feelings of despair and believing that there is no way out.
  • Exhibiting rage or seeking revenge.
  • Believing that there is no solution to their problems.
  • Experiencing panic attacks or intense restlessness.
  • Losing interest in activities and hobbies that were once enjoyed.
  • Feeling overwhelmed by sadness or a sense of worthlessness.

How to Get Help

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, it is essential to seek help immediately. Here are steps to take:

  • Contact a suicide prevention hotline, such as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, for immediate support.
  • Schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor.
  • Tell a trusted friend, family member, or colleague about what you are experiencing.
  • Go to the nearest emergency room if you are in immediate danger.

Long-Term Support Options

For long-term management of suicidal ideation, various treatments and therapies can be effective. At Delray Brain Science, we offer cutting-edge treatments such as ketamine therapy and TMS to help those struggling with persistent suicidal thoughts.

Ketamine Therapy

Ketamine therapy is an effective treatment for individuals with treatment-resistant depression and suicidal ideation. Here’s how it works:

  • Ketamine can provide rapid relief from depressive symptoms and suicidal thoughts, often within hours or days.
  • Ketamine works by modulating glutamate levels in the brain, promoting neuroplasticity and improving mood.
  • Ketamine is administered via intravenous (IV) infusion under the supervision of medical professionals in a controlled setting.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a non-invasive treatment that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It is particularly effective for individuals who have not responded to other treatments.

  • TMS does not require surgery or anesthesia and has minimal side effects.
  • TMS targets specific areas of the brain associated with mood regulation, improving symptoms of depression and reducing suicidal thoughts.
  • TMS is usually administered in a series of sessions over several weeks.

Getting Longterm Care for Suicidal Ideation at Delray Brain Science

Recognizing the warning signs and knowing how to seek help can help to save the life of yourself or a loved one. At Delray Brain Science, we are committed to helping individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts. If you or a loved one is experiencing suicidal ideation, reach out for help at Delray Brain Science today to learn more about our innovative treatment options and take the first step towards recovery.