Any pet owner understands the feeling of warmth when a dog greets them at the end of a hard day. For some, however, that feeling is more than “pet love”—it’s part of a healing process due to a mental or emotional disorder, in which case the pet could be defined as an emotional support animal […]
Depression is often hard to spot. It can mask itself as anger or anxiety. The fatigue from depression can also disguise itself as stress or feeling sick. According to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), about 17.7 million people (7.2%) in the U.S. will have a major depressive episode in their lifetime. Suicide, which […]
An emotional support animal (ESA) can bring much-needed comfort to individuals with mental health disorders. To qualify for an ESA a licensed medical health professional must attest in an ESA letter that their patient benefits from having an ESA. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) can indeed make this decision and write an ESA letter. […]
There is a huge difference between coming home to a silent, empty house versus coming home to an enthusiastic, tail-wagging dog. Being greeted with so much adoration and love lifts the mood and makes life more bearable. So, can a dog help with loneliness? Most definitely.
An Emotional Support Dog may help
Loneliness may be an underlining […]
You may use the services of a therapist or health care provider who works remotely to qualify your pet as an emotional support animal. A properly licensed therapist can help determine whether an ESA is right for you through online services.
How do Emotional Support Animals benefit people with bipolar disorder?
Animals are quick at recognizing emotional changes in human beings. Emotional Support Animals (ESA) provide ease and companionship during times of distress. They can also encourage handlers with bipolar disorder to interact with the outside world, which provides further opportunities to socialize and engage in physical […]
Studies show that Emotional Support Animals can provide a comforting presence to handlers that suffer from a variety of mental health issues. As knowledge regarding the benefits of using ESAs grows, therapists may become more likely to recommend an Emotional Support Animal to patients who suffer from;
AnxietyDepressionPTSDAutismAgoraphobia (fear of being outside of the home)Aerophobia (fear of […]
Common symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
A person diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) may have deficits in brain development and brain activity, which affect the ability to pay attention, sit still, and have self-control. The three main symptoms of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and inability to maintain focus. These can impact […]
If you have ever asked this question you are probably uncertain who to turn to for help. You’re interested in an ESA Letter to make your pet your official Emotional Support Animal but find the rules and process to be a bit intimidating and confusing. There are also so many options out there when it […]
Dogs have been coexisting with humans for thousands of years. They have been our closest allies since the days we were roaming the plains as hunters and gatherers. Dogs have evolved needing us, but have we evolved needing them?
Dogs Can Lower Stress
According to a study from the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, conducted at […]