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In our literature study we came across the following studies of note. Browse the meta, review, commentary articles for an overview. Check out the individual studies for specific experiments and observations.
Single, Fixed-Dose Intranasal Ketamine for Alleviation of Acute Suicidal Ideation. An Emergency Department, Trans-Diagnostic Approach: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Proof-of-Concept Trial
2021| Domany, Y., McCullumsmith, C. B.
This double-blind placebo-controlled study study (n=30) with intranasal ketamine (40mg) found significant reductions in suicidal ideation (SI, 80 vs 33% remission) and depressive symptoms (MADRS) 4 hours after administration for those with SI in the emergency department.
Low dose oral ketamine treatment in chronic suicidality: An open-label pilot study
2021| Beaudequin, D. A., Can, A. T., Dutton, M., Gallay, C. C., Hermens, D. F., Jensen, E., Jones, M., Lagopoulos, J., Scherman, J., Schwenn, P. E., Yang, C.
This open-label study (n=32) with 6 dosages (weekly) of oral ketamine (35-210mg/70kg) found that it significantly reduced suicidal ideation in those with chronic suicidal thought, with clinically significant lower scores in 69% of participants at the end (which held at 50% 4 weeks later).
Replication of Ketamine’s Antidepressant Efficacy in Bipolar Depression: A Randomized Controlled Add-On Trial
2012| Brutsche, N. E., Cravchik, A., Diazgranados, N., Franco-Chaves, J., Ibrahim, L., Liberty, V., Luckenbaugh, D. A., Marquardt, C. A., Selter, J., Zarate, C. A.
This double-blind, randomized, crossover, placebo-controlled replication study (n=15) investigated the effects of ketamine (35mg) on patients with treatment-resistant bipolar depression, and found rapid improvements of depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, and subjective well-being within 40 minutes after infusion and up to 3 days after.
Ketamine for Rapid Reduction of Suicidal Thoughts in Major Depression: A Midazolam-Controlled Randomized Clinical Trial
2018| Burke, A. K., Choo, T-H., Galfalvy, H. C., Grunebaum, M. F., Keilp, J. G., Mann, J. J., Marver, J. E., Milak, M. S., Moitra, V. K., Oquendo, M. A., Parris, M. S., Sublette, M. E.
This randomized study (n=80) found that participants with depression (MDD) and suicidal ideation (SSI/SI) who were treated with ketamine (IV, 35mg/70kg) have significantly lower SSI scores versus treatment with midazolam (another anesthetic). This effect consistently held up to 6 weeks later.
Rapid and sustained decreases in suicidality following a single dose of ayahuasca among individuals with recurrent major depressive disorder: results from an open-label trial
2020| de Lima Osório, F., Dos Santos, R. G., Hallak, J. E., Sanches, R. F., Weissman, C. R., Zeifman, R. J.
This analysis of an earlier open-label study (n=15) on Ayahuasca, found significant (Hedges' g = 1.75) and sustained decreases in suicidality in people with depression (MDD).
Post-Psychedelic Reductions in Experiential Avoidance Are Associated With Decreases in Depression Severity and Suicidal Ideation
2020| Carhart-Harris, R. L., Kettner, H., Mertens, L. J., Wagner, A. C., Watts, R., Zeifman, R. J.
A prospective survey study (n=358) found that psychedelics may lead to significant decreases in experiential avoidance, depression severity, and suicidal ideation.
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Who are the top researches in this area, the ones who have done the groundbreaking research.
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