Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute did a study

where they looked at 80 patients with clinical depression.  All patients had suicidal thoughts that fell

under the category of clinical suicidal ideation.  Random participants were chosen to receive a low

dose of ketamine or midazolam.


They followed the participants for six weeks while the participants received their usual psychiatric care.

The patients filled out questionnaires to measure their depressive symptoms.  The patients who received

ketamine showed significant changes in symptoms compared to those receiving midazolam.  The participants

who didn’t react to the midazolam were given ketamine and showed improvements. These changes were so

successful that they lasted up to six weeks.  The side effects like dissociation, detachment, and increased blood

pressure got better within minutes after the ketamine injection.


“There is a critical window in which depressed patients who are suicidal need rapid relief to prevent self-harm,”

said study author Michael Grunebaum in a statement. “Currently available antidepressants can be effective in reducing

suicidal thoughts in patients with depression, but they can take weeks to have an effect. Suicidal, depressed patients

need treatments that are rapidly effective in reducing suicidal thoughts when they are at highest risk.”


There still is a lot of research to be done to see how ketamine helps with suicidal thoughts.


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Taylor Bishop said...
Thanks for the interesting read about how ketamine could affect depression symptoms. Its interesting to learn that only after six weeks of taking ketamine patients showed significant changes. Im interested to learn if the dosage everyone received was the same or if it depended on the severity of their depression.
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