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Suicidal Depression: There is Hope. There is Help.

Depression. It’s a word that many of us are all too familiar with, whether we’re living with it ourselves, or seeing the devastating impact it has on a loved one.

At Amen Clinics, we understand how monumentally important it is to distinguish between depression and situational sadness or despair. Sadness and despair are what can be considered universal human emotions – something we’ve all felt at one time, and more likely many more times than once in our lives. Depression, however, is an all-encompassing state of being that is more than a mood, more than an emotion, and more than most can handle and tackle on their own. Thankfully, handling and tackling it on your own is not necessary. There is hope, and there is help, and Amen Clinics was founded with a goal of offering our clients the best of both.

Depression: You are Not Alone

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 300 million people globally suffer from depression, and that “depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.” While the myriad ways depression manifests itself can each be uniquely debilitating in their own right, it is widely accepted and understood that suicidal depression calls for the most urgent and comprehensive approach to care. We understand and honor that sense of urgency at Amen Clinics, and are committed to helping you on your path toward a healthier mind and body, every step of the way.

Amen Clinics is Your Ally

At Amen Clinics, we first and foremost act as your ally in the battle against depression, and employ whatever resources, recommendations, and advanced testing we have at our disposal to be an active and strong ally. Our extensive experience in working with people suffering from depression has provided invaluable insight into the mind-body connection, and we hope you’ll find some comfort in knowing that there is very often a physical component to depression in your brain itself.

SPECT Imaging: The Amen Clinics Difference

Our Brain SPECT Imaging provides an essential layer of insight that is missing from many other depression treatment plans, allowing us unparalleled clarity in regards what your depression actually looks like. Oftentimes, there is a functional problem in your brain that is an integral component of your suicidal depression. Chances are good that any possible previous attempts to tackle your depression did not consider and address this functional issue. As well-meaning and well-developed as those previous treatment plans may have been, it is often the additional information and insight we learn from your SPECT scan that is the missing piece of the puzzle in treating your depression.

Are SPECT Scans a New Tool?

We understand that many of the people we work with have never heard of SPECT scans, and that it sounds like a new technology, which can cause a certain degree of apprehension. But we are proud to say that the SPECT imaging scans Amen Clinics offers are not new technology, rather they have served as the backbone of our health care clinics for nearly three decades. We are the best in the world when it comes to administering and reading brain SPECT imaging, and have performed more than 140,000 brain SPECT scans over the past 29 years.

It Is Not “All in Your Head”

Many of the people we’ve worked with arrive at Amen Clinics after months, years, or even decades of being misunderstood – after years of feeling as though they’re simply not being heard, or not being taken as seriously as they deserve to be. They’ve been told everything from “it’s all in your head” to “don’t sweat the small stuff.” They’ve been falsely led to believe that their depression is something they could overcome if they simply tried hard enough – that it was an issue of how bad they wanted it. You will never be treated that way at Amen Clinics. That is our enduring commitment and promise.

Our team has nothing but the utmost respect and compassion for your journey, and the significant step you have taken in trusting us to help you move past suicidal depression into the life you so deserve. We are honored to be your partner and care provider and will apply our extensive knowledge and tools in helping you become free from suicidal depression.

Depression Can Be Temporary

We understand that some of you reading this may be doubtful. Depression may have been such a huge part of your life for so long that you can’t remember a time before it and can’t envision a life without it. But we urge you to consider that just because you’ve been living with something for a long time does not mean that it’s the only way. It simply means that you haven’t yet found the right treatment plan for you. But that was then, and this is right now.

The Power of Right Now

Right now, you are reading this because you want to help yourself or a loved one.
Right now, you are reading this because you recognize that there are still steps to take and methods to try that can help you in overcoming suicidal depression.
Right now, you are reading this because you’re strong enough to live with the obstacles that depression presents, while also being strong enough to know that you’re ready to knock down those obstacles.

You are nothing short of incredible, and we look forward to being a part of your incredible journey toward lasting health and happiness.

How Can Amen Clinics Help Me Overcome Suicidal Depression?

The team of experienced professionals at Amen Clinics brings extensive knowledge, compassion, empathy, and an unwavering commitment to your treatment in all they do. We understand that you are a complex individual whose depression has been shaped by many things, including your life experiences, your physical and mental health, a possible family history of mental health issues or other issues that contribute to depression, and, importantly, your brain itself. We have done extensive research to understand how our brain SPECT imaging can predict treatment outcomes in depressed patients, and will thoughtfully study your scan to see which personalized treatment plan is most likely to help your unique situation. We are strong proponents of highly individualized plans that might include talk therapy, traditional anti-depressants, a physical wellness plan, dietary recommendations, ketamine injection therapy, and more. We are steadfast in our commitment to design, and re-design, if necessary, the plan that will work for you.

You Are So Much More Than Your Suicidal Depression

Acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace explains suicidal depression – or psychotic depression, as some people know it – in a way that is as close to getting a feeling into words as possible…

“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”

Wallace’s quote is often cited in discussions of suicidal depression as it resonates so well with people who are living within its grip. But while it’s important to look to quotes like the above and find a shared understanding in them, it’s even more important to not romanticize these feelings, or to give your depression any credit for your greatness.

To be sure, sometimes depression can feel like such an integral part of who you are that you fear what will remain if you overcome it. But we promise that you are so much more than your depression.

You deserve more than your depression wants for you.

You deserve to be in charge of your present and your future.

You deserve to take the time and necessary steps to get at the root of your suicidal depression and work towards unraveling yourself from its web.

You are a whole, complex, one-of-a-kind person that deserves a life free from suicidal thoughts and depression. You deserve the help that Amen Clinics can provide.

If you or someone you love is suffering from suicidal depression, please reach out to us online or call us at 888-288-9834. If you fear that your life, or the life of someone you know, is in imminent danger, please dial 911 or reach out to one of the rescue lines below immediately:

In the US:

Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, at any time, about any type of crisis
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

Outside the US:

The International Association for Suicide Prevention lists several suicide hotlines by country. Click here to find them.

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  1. Lin D Stowell says:

    I overcame suicidal depression with magnesium IV injections. It took 30 mins after the injection to completely reverse my mood from deeply suicidal to happy joyous and free. Google nutritional IV Dr in your area. I know Dr Amen does theses IVs.

  2. Amy Redden-Smith says:

    I just lost my daughter 6 weeks ago today to depression and suicide. She had a terrible car accident back in February of this year and I knew she was struggling but I didn’t know my days to get her to Amen Clinic were so short and critical…
    Im just sick about believing her when she told me that she’d had thoughts of suicide but that she knew it was her brain from the concussion and that she’d “never do it”…
    I took my son to see Dr Amen last year. He may remember us as we were sent to the clinic through our friends contributing on a GoFundMe page.

  3. Lucy says:

    Hi! My questions are regarding insurance and cost of the SPECT to diagnose depression for a teen-ager.

    Thank you and have a great day!


  4. Elaine says:

    Your services are expensive. People who could benefit from your help can not afford it.

  5. Beth Maddox says:

    I’d like to speak to someone about cost and insurance options. Thank you


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