Chicago residents James and Derrick have both experienced gun violence and dealing with the traumatic effects. James was shot 4 times in the face and has lost his sight, says he's feeling a "great depression" and is only getting around 2 hours of sleep each night.
Derrick says he has been dealing with gun violence for most of his life, including witnessing his brother getting killed. He says loud noises can trigger his PTSD and sharing his body shuts down and it can last for hours. To treat his PTSD, Derrick received the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) injection and shares that he's sleeping better now than ever and feeling more aware and more attentive.
We are with James as he goes in for the PTSD shot from Dr. Lipov, who says the shot can reboot the brain’s fight or flight instinct, and help turn off what occurs in the brain due to trauma. The anesthesiologist explains that sympathetic fibers grow in the brain and produce an excess amount of fight or flight hormone in the brain following a traumatic event. He says the injection works to numb and block this response. Dr. Lipov says the injection is so effective that some people can see results 5 to 10 minutes after getting it.
A week after getting the injection, James says he is feeling great and finally back to living a normal life. He is happy to report he is sleeping better and enjoying spending time with his family and looking forward to the future.
Dr. Lipov says the effects of the PTSD injection, which costs around $2000, can last a few months to a year for the first dose and over a year for the second injection. He says the success rate of the PTSD injection is 80 to 85 percent.
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