Nonprofit Erase PTSD Now Changing Lives

Erase PTSD Now aimed to increase funding and accessibility of a novel PTSD treatment for patients nationwide.

Mend the Mind

Untreated trauma, whether chronic or acute, damages one's brain, physical health, and the ability to maintain relationships. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is invasive and knows no boundaries - it does not discriminate. By approaching PTSD as a biological injury, patients are able to HEAL an injured sympathetic nervous system, RESTORE a higher quality of life, and ERADICATE post-traumatic stress symptoms. Erase PTSD Now aims to help patients do just that.

Established in 2009, Erase PTSD Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of PTSD awareness and research. The organization also serves to give hope to trauma survivors by eliminating financial barriers for the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) procedure. Not currently covered by insurance, Erase PTSD Now facilitates fundraising opportunities in which donors are able to sponsor SGB treatments for patients in need.

Though used for pain management since 1925, Ukrainian-born and Chicago-based board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist, Dr. Eugene Lipov, M.D. adopted SGB for the treatment of PTSD, and has been successfully treating patients since 2006. The procedure delivers ultrasound-guided injections of local anesthetic into the stellate ganglion, a nerve bundle in the neck, to reset a patient's fight/flight system to its pre-trauma state. According to Dr. Lipov, the treatment has seen remarkable success in patients struggling with PTSD, including sexual assault survivors, veterans and others who've experienced extreme trauma.

"There is no longer a need to struggle with PTSD when symptoms can be treated with this minimally-invasive procedure that takes only minutes to perform and can take effect in as little as half an hour," said Dr. Lipov. "Our focus now is to get this life-saving treatment to as many patients as we can, including to those who can not afford it."

Those interested in offering support should not ask themselves how much to give, but rather, how many lives they can save.

About Erase PTSD Now - Erase PTSD Now is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to treating PTSD. Established in 2009, the organization has been committed to sponsoring treatment for the SGB procedure, helping fund ongoing research, and promoting awareness about PTSD symptoms and treatment around the world.

Eugene Lipov, M.D. - Dr. Lipov is a Chicago-based board-certified anesthesiologist and pain specialist. He is the first to use SGB to treat PTSD in veterans, victims of Military Sexual Trauma, and victims of sexual abuse, among others. Dr. Lipov is a subject matter expert in PTSD and its treatment, and is available for media interviews.

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