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Ketamine, a long-used anesthetic, is now being studied for its ability to rapidly stop suicidal thoughts in a high percentage of patients — including in John — when given intravenously.

“I was suicidal. I was desperate,” the 50-year-old man said. After intravenous treatment with ketamine, he said, he started to feel better almost immediately. Although he has had some relapse of depression, it is more manageable, he said, because his suicidal thoughts are gone…

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