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Suicidal Ideation Treatment

Innovative Suicidal Ideation Treatment in Kansas City, MO

Ketamine treatment is an extremely efficient suicidal ideation therapy for individuals having a problem with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and various other mood conditions. Many patients experiencing these disorders have reoccurring, invasive suicidal thoughts about self-harm that can in some cases, tragically, result in committing suicide.

Our goal is to help bring innovative new treatment options to those in our community who need it most. Ketamine infusions have proven to be a powerful and rapid treatment for suicidal ideation and other mental health conditions.

Dr. Handoo was the first doctor in the Kansas City Area to start IV Ketamine Treatments in 2016 and has helped administer over 5,000 IV ketamine treatments over the years.

There is Hope, We Can Help!

Dr. Handoo was recently featured on Fox 4 News discussing IV ketamine treatments for treatment-resistant depression.

What Are The Symptoms of Suicidality?

The majority of people who have to deal with suicidal ideations do show indicators that they’re planning to commit suicide. The best way to stop this from happening, it is important to take any warning signs seriously that a loved one or family member is considering death by suicide. The most common warning symptoms and signs of suicidal thoughts and behaviors include:

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Talking about death, dying
  • Using phrases such as “when I’m gone…” or “I’m going to kill myself”
  • Getting affairs in order
  • Saying goodbye to loved ones
  • Obtaining items needed for a suicide attempt
  • Decreased social contact
  • Increasing drug and alcohol usage
  • Withdrawing from once-pleasurable activities
  • Increased risky behaviors

Physical Symptoms:

  • Scars or injuries from past suicide attempts
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Chronic and/or terminal illness

Cognitive Symptoms:

  • Preoccupation with death and dying
  • A belief that dying by suicide is the only way to end emotional pain

Psychosocial Symptoms:

  • Feeling helpless; trapped by emotional pain
  • Psychosis
  • Self-loathing
  • Hopelessness
  • Paranoia
  • Intense emotional pain
  • Feeling hopeless about a situation
  • Mood swings
  • Sudden changes in personality
  • Severe anxiety and agitation

How Does Ketamine Help With Suicidal Ideation?

Scientists believe that ketamine infusions help suicidal ideation symptoms by rapidly boosting the activity of glutamate, a neurotransmitter inside the brain’s frontal cortex, while also allowing new pathways to form in the same area.

The rapid onset of ketamine’s anti-anxiety effect occurs because ketamine bypasses the conventional serotonin path, instead of switching on glutamate.

This is remarkably different from conventional suicidal ideation treatments, which initially boost serotonin activity levels in several different areas of the brain to then ultimately affect glutamate. This process can take weeks or even months, while ketamine infusions can provide rapid relief from suicidal ideation symptoms.

The Ketamine Infusion Experience

During treatment, we go above and beyond to make sure all of our patients feel as comfortable as possible in their own private rooms. Infusions typically last 45-60 minutes for mood disorders, while chronic pain conditions like require a larger dose.

A number of our patients refer to a “dissociative” effect, and most of our patients respond positively to this sensation. In many cases, this disassociation effect is what aids with your treatment and delivers a positive response to ketamine therapy.

These are all ordinary components of the treatment. You will always remain in a safe atmosphere with our team there to monitor you and be readily available during your infusion.

What Are The Side Effects of Ketamine Treatment?

As a new treatment option for anxiety, ketamine does have a few minor side effects. These can include a dream-like feeling, disrupted vision, lightheadedness, nausea, or some slight anxious feelings after treatment.

Ketamine is an FDA-approved medication utilized in “off-label” use for infusion therapy. Off-label use indicates that it is a treatment that the FDA did not initially authorize. The FDA approves prescription medications only for specific uses, but most medications at some point develop off-label uses as a result of the clinical experience that develops with time.

Ketamine may cause a slight elevation in heart rate and blood pressure.

Ready To Start Your New Journey In Life

Dr. Handoo and his team are dedicated to helping patients who have not had success with other treatment options for suicidal ideation.

Contact our office today and schedule your consultation and discover how ketamine therapy can help you.

Ketamine Testimonials

“Ketamine truly saved my life. I have been depressed since my early 30s but severely depressed since my early 40s (I am currently 43). I have tried multiple medications, combinations of medications, therapy, etc., and I still had suicidal thoughts almost daily. I took 6 weeks of Ketamine, beginning in late March, and my entire life has changed. I talk to people again; I am working 2 jobs; I work while I’m at home, rather than just going to my room and sleeping; and I truly feel as if I have my life back. Taking Ketamine was the best decision I have ever made.”

– 43 years old, Pleasant Hill, Missouri

“I was searching for anything that would work to alleviate a major depressive episode. I was barely able to get out of bed and had disconnected from my life. In looking through messaging boards, I was pleased to find Dr. Handoo was offering the treatment in Kansas City. I had thought I would need to travel to receive it. The treatments were completely tolerable, even pleasurable. I am depression free and have been for three months. The relief is incredible. I highly recommend this practice.”

– 40 years old, Leawood, Kansas

“I have suffered from depression for almost 20 years, with skyrocketing severity 13 years ago after a very traumatic life event. I had tried every medication, countless combinations of medications, have been in therapy, have been hospitalized and even went through a course of ECT, but there I was, always seeming to be in the same horrible dark place. After 6 Ketamine sessions, I finally, slowly, seemed to be coming out of darkness and despair I had been in for so long. As another couple months have passed since the end of treatment, I feel almost back to what I barely remember ‘normal’ feeling like so long ago. It has done something for me that I thought it would literally take a miracle to do after having been suffering
for so long–not just made me feel tolerably better than horrible, but honestly made me feel GOOD again!”

– 46 years old, Kansas City, Missouri

“I have been experiencing depression for almost 30 years now, ever since elementary school. I have tried several medications and years of counseling, but the severe depression still came in waves with times in between being melancholy at best. I was having suicidal thoughts over 90% of each day. Since my Ketamine treatments, I now feel like a new person experiencing a happiness I never knew existed. My friends, family, and co-workers have all noticed tremendous changes in my demeanor, and I haven’t once thought about suicide. I have so much more energy and enthusiasm that I am experiencing life in a whole new way! Even my children have commented ‘Dad, I’m glad you’re not sad anymore.’ Ketamine has not only been life changing, but also lifesaving.”

34 years old, Blue Springs, MO

“Without a doubt, undergoing ketamine treatment was one of the the best decisions I’ve made in my life. After six weeks of ketamine treatments (and now a couple weeks after), I have zero depression. I have zero anxiety. This after YEARS of a daily, unrelenting struggle to keep depression and anxiety from destroying my life, relationships, and work, Ketamine has been an incredible “Easy Button” that has done for my brain chemistry what all my own efforts could never achieve, and what traditional anti-depressants had almost destroyed. I had been dealing with acute depression for three years, and had made an effort to do everything “right.” Regular counseling, exercise, and medications. My Direct Primary Care doctor, who knew Dr. Handoo, said it was time for Ketamine. I knew of it, and had been researching it for a year, but I had no idea that a psychiatrist-based treatment clinic was five minutes from my house! At my first visit, my PHQ-9 depression score was at a 26. Pretty much as severe as you can get.

Within 10 days, I had my first infusion. I was scared before the first one (didn’t sleep a wink the night before), but I found the infusions to be the most relieving, uplifting, incredible experiences. The nurse, Shannon, was so friendly and welcoming. I never felt unsafe or “tripped out”. No scary hallucinations at all. Just float-y, free feeling, and just pretty interested in the lights and shapes I saw when I closed my eyes. Because it’s a smaller dose than anesthesia, I could always open my eyes, see and know where I was, breathe on my own, and use relaxation techniques to just enjoy the experience. Dr. Handoo always checked in at the end to see how it went, and then take it easy for the rest of the day. I was always in-and-out of the office within 2 hours.

Not everyone may have such immediate effects, but for me, Ketamine was a swift, incredibly effective treatment. Now my PHQ-9 score ranges from 0-1. I have my life back, and though it will take a long time of feeling good to undo a long time of feeling bad, I have no problem getting through my work, enjoying my relationships, and taking care of myself. I can see my future again, and I am grateful for Dr. Handoo’s work with Ketamine for making this a reality for me. “

34 years old, Leawood, KS

“6 weeks of ketamine therapy has marked the beginning of a new life for me. It took about a month after my last infusion before I felt a significant change and the results are surreal. I fought depression for over 20 years, my first suicide attempt was at age 11. I went from 7 pills twice a day to 1 pill! My previous doctors just prescribed more and more drugs and I was getting worse. Since the ketamine treatments my PHQ-9 went from 27 down to 1. My friends and family can tell a huge difference, I’m back to being more spontaneous, active and outgoing. I highly recommend ketamine treatment to everyone who needs it.”

31 years old, Kansas City, MO

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