SGB Success Stories

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Profile of Patients Treated by SGB for PTSD

  • Number of patients treated with SGB: 83 (31 veterans, 30 women and 22 men)
  • Average age: 40 years (range: 21–71 years)
  • Average number of SGB treatments: 1.6 (range: 1–7)

As with any therapy, results vary from patient to patient, but PTSD symptom relief has been shown to last months or years with SGB among many patients treated by Dr. Eugene G. Lipov, CMI’s Medical Director, who discovered this treatment approach.

Patients Treated with SGB for PTSD: A National Overview, 2007–2013

Patients Treated with SGB for PTSD

Life before SGB Treatment

Commonly Experienced PTSD Symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Hypervigilance
  • Avoidance
  • Flashbacks
  • Nightmares
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Alcoholism
  • Irritability
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Eating disorders
  • Dissociation
  • Fear

Little to No Relief from Medications or Therapies:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Non-SSRI antidepressants
  • Sleep aids
  • Adrenergic agents
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • Inpatient PTSD programs

Life after SGB Treatment

  • Relieved anxiety
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Reduced or eliminated flashbacks
  • Decreased social phobia
  • Improved relationships with family and friends
  • Increased energy, elevated mood, restored confidence in the future
  • Discontinued alcohol use
  • Eliminated suicidal thoughts
  • Discontinued use of PTSD-related medications
  • Discontinued or minimized ongoing therapy for PTSD
  • Discontinued use of sleep aids
  • Became gainfully employed
  • No longer considered medically disabled due to PTSD

Profile of Veterans Treated for PTSD

  • 31 veterans: 1.7 average number of treatments (range: 1–3)
  • Average age: 37 years (range: 23–63 years)

Selected Testimonials

  • “I was at the end of my rope. I was ready to commit suicide. The procedure is so simple and the result is so great. I get up in the morning and feel rested. My attitude is changed. It’s really a blessing to get up in the morning and face the world.” – Patient R.S., McHenry, Illinois
  • “I was in this deep depression, hearing things, always looking out windows or under doors. But now all this stuff isn’t affecting me. I feel so much better.” – Patient C.C., Lombard, Illinois
  • “I can sleep through the night without having panic attacks and waking up with cold sweats and screaming. I can go and function.” – Patient J.S., Chicago, Illinois
  • “A huge weight lifted off my shoulders almost immediately. I don’t carry a weapon anymore nor do I look over my shoulder in crowded places. That’s huge for me. I’m noting new things every day and so are my wife and kids. I’m actually thinking about the future again.” – Patient E.F., Royal Oak, Michigan
  • “[SGB] erased the past two years [and] the feelings I came home with. It’s allowed me to get back to doing a lot of the things that I couldn’t do when I first came back from Iraq. I feel calmer, I’m sleeping well, and I’m not worried about going out in public.” – Patient J.B., Peoria, Illinois
  • “The effects were within the first few days and it was tremendous. My interests are returning. I don’t have any nightmares, which is nice, which means I can sleep. I’m a little more confident about the future. It all sort of steam rolls to a better situation.” – Patient J.R., Fort Worth, Texas
  • “Last night we went out to dinner and it was the first time I was able to enjoy [my wife’s] company without worrying about who’s walking in the door, what’s this person doing.” – J.P., Sartell, Minnesota

Profile of Women Treated for PTSD

  • 30 women: 1.6 average number of treatments (range: 1–4)
  • Average age: 41 years (range: 21–59 years)

Selected Testimonials

  • “It’s a completely different feeling when you can actually control your own life again.” – Patient from Elgin, Illinois
  • “My anxiety and emotional distress issues have gone away.” – Patient from Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • “I’m feeling much less anxious after the last shot.” – Patient from Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • “I feel like I have more energy and my head feels more clear.” – Patient from Ballwin, Missouri
  • “My sleep, mood, and enjoyment of life have improved.” – Patient from Lombard, Illinois
  • “I feel good and I’ve been doing well.” – Patient from Portsmouth, Virginia

Ken Scholes’ Testimonial

Jason Brown’s Testimonials

Raleigh Showens’ Testimonial

Jeremy Rogers’ and Raleigh Showens’ Testimonials

Additional videos about SGB and patient testiomonials are available here

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