What is suicidal ideation?

Suicidal ideation is when someone has thoughts about suicide. For some people, these thoughts might be pretty vague, like a troubling background noise that pops up occasionally. But for others, it feels much more intense and specific, where they’re actually planning how they might do it.

A lot of times, this is tied to other big stuff going on, like dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or really tough life situations. It’s like being in such a dark place that it’s hard to see any way out or hope for things to improve. 

These thoughts are a sign of real distress and pain, not a character flaw or weakness. And while it’s a serious and scary topic, the good news is there’s help out there. It’s super important for anyone struggling with these thoughts to talk to someone, whether a professional, a friend, or a family member. Opening up about it is the first step in getting the support and help needed to start feeling better.

TMS therapy can also help.

TMS therapy offers a promising approach to treating suicidal ideation, particularly when it’s linked to severe depression. This non-invasive treatment works by using magnetic fields to specifically target and stimulate areas of the brain that are involved in mood regulation and thought processes. These areas are often underactive in individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts. 

What’s notable about TMS is its method of delivery; it’s completely non-invasive. Patients sit comfortably while a device near their head generates magnetic pulses that penetrate the skull to stimulate brain cells. This stimulation might lead to improved mood and a reduction in depressive symptoms, which are closely linked to suicidal ideation. 

The treatment usually involves multiple sessions over several weeks, allowing for cumulative benefits where the reduction in suicidal thoughts and mood improvement become more noticeable over time. Additionally, TMS is often used in conjunction with other treatments like psychotherapy or medication, providing a comprehensive approach. 

TMS therapy with Brain Health Center

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal ideation, it’s important to seek help. Brain Health Center is here to support you on your journey with TMS therapy. While it’s not a miracle worker, TMS therapy has been shown to alleviate symptoms of severe depression and reduce suicidal ideation. It’s worth trying to see if it can bring you the relief you need.

Don’t let financial concerns be a barrier to seeking help. At Brain Health Center, we believe everyone deserves access to effective mental health care, especially in critical times. Our treatment for suicidal ideation is provided at no cost to you.

Our compassionate and experienced staff is ready to guide you through each step, offering the care and support you need. Remember, taking the first step toward getting help is a sign of strength. Contact Brain Health Center now, and let’s work together toward a brighter, more hopeful future.

If you or someone you love is thinking about suicide, call or text 988 or visit the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline website for online chat, Spanish, or ASL options.

Treatments for Suicidal Ideation consist of 9 sessions, over 3 days (3 treatments a day with 90-minutes in between). Treatments are 15 minutes in length.

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Before & After

Before and after images of a patient at a brain health center, showing progress after three days of TMS treatments.
Image showing a patient before and after three days of TMS treatments for suicide at a brain health center.

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