Suicide Prevention Specialist

Palo Alto Mind Body

Concierge Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Functional Health Specialists located in Palo Alto, CA

When you first have suicidal thoughts, don’t put off getting the help you need to deal with the problems causing your pain and feelings. M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH, and colleagues at Palo Alto Mind Body offer their experience, support, and customized treatment to overcome your challenges. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Palo Alto, California, or send a confidential email. We also serve many patients located in the surrounding Bay Area, such as South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, San Jose, and San Francisco.

Suicide Prevention Q & A

Palo Alto Mind Body

What causes suicidal thoughts?

Suicidal thoughts, also called suicidal ideation, range from a fleeting thought that you want to die to persistently dwelling on dying, and sometimes develops into a detailed plan to commit suicide.

When you struggle with suicidal thoughts, chances are you’re overwhelmed by feelings of deep sadness, hopelessness, or despair.  You want to end your suffering, but you can’t see any other way out.

In many cases, mental health disorders make life — keeping a job, maintaining friendships, and finding a purpose in life — such a struggle that you do not have it in you to keep up the effort.

There isn’t usually just one cause for considering suicide; instead, it’s the cumulative effect of stressors that lead to a depth of misery that precipitates suicidal thoughts and actions.

Depression is the most common condition associated with suicide.  Anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse, trauma, and bullying also increase the risk of suicide.

What should I do if I’m suicidal?


If you or a loved one is acutely suicidal or imminently planning suicide, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or call 911 and proceed to the closest emergency room for immediate help.

Don’t wait for your thoughts to escalate — reach out for help. The professionals at Palo Alto Mind Body are available to help. You can count on their extensive experience to provide the support and treatment you need.

When suicidal thoughts turn into a plan of action, take these steps:

  • Give yourself time — don’t act on suicidal thoughts; wait a few days
  • Talk to someone you trust
  • Avoid drugs or alcohol
  • Get rid of pills, knives, razors, or firearms
  • Go to a place that’s safe

 

If you or a loved one is acutely suicidal or imminently planning suicide, please call 911 or proceed to the closest emergency room for immediate help.

If you are having suicidal thoughts or have been chronically suicidal, call Palo Alto Mind Body, tell them you’re having suicidal thoughts, and let them guide you on your journey back to full mental health.

How are suicidal thoughts treated?

Treatment for suicidal thoughts is based on many underlying mental or physical conditions, so you’ll undergo a thorough assessment. Once Dr. Ghorieshi determines your diagnosis, your treatment plan may include:

IV Ketamine Infusion

IV Ketamine (Ketamine administered intravenously) is known to lower a patient’s acute suicidal intentions immediately.  It is often used by emergency room doctors to rapidly stabilize suicidal patients before they can be safely discharged from the hospital.

Palo Alto Mind Body is the leading provider of IV Ketamine Infusion treatments, which is recognized as the most exciting breakthrough for treating patients who are chronically suicidal, and often dealing with severe depression, anxiety, PTSD, or pain.

Dr. Ghorieshi is an expert in using IV Ketamine Infusions for suicidal thoughts and other mental health disorders.  His patients have shown remarkable success using this cutting-edge treatment to lower and often eliminate patients’ suicidal intentions.

A growing number of medical studies, clinical trials, and patient testimonials have begun to create much-needed awareness that there is a real and highly successful alternative to suicide.

Dr. Ghorieshi and team at Palo Alto Mind Body want you to know that regardless of where you are, immediate help is available.  To learn more, call the office in Palo Alto, California, or book an appointment online.

Psychopharmacology

Dr. Ghorieshi leverages the latest scientific advancements in medication management. For optimal success, he uses genetic testing to develop a highly specific and personalized medication treatment plan for patients with suicidal tendencies. Numerous medications are available to treat mental health conditions, including antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti-anxiety medications. At Palo Alto Mind Body, Dr. Ghorieshi and his expert team can help get you or your loved one the help they need quickly.

Psychotherapy

The providers at Palo Alto Mind Body offer several types of therapy, depending on your goals.

Addiction treatment

If you have an addiction, Dr. Ghorieshi specializes in medication-assisted withdrawal that prevents symptoms and reduces cravings, combined with ongoing therapy to support addiction recovery.

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts, call Palo Alto Mind Body or send a confidential email. Please note, we also serve many patients located in the surrounding Bay Area, such as South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, San Jose, and San Francisco.