People who adore animals will be quick to tell you how much joy and unconditional love they receive on a daily basis from their furry pals. This feel-good-combo can warm even the toughest person’s heart.
It’s for these reasons that mental health professionals are now also acknowledging those emotions, and the consequential endorphins they release, to help people who suffer from mental health issues.
Renowned psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, wasn’t a stranger to this type of therapy and would often include his pet Chow (Jofi) in his therapy sessions with his patients.
Freud was obviously steps ahead of us when he used Jofi, but other mental health professionals are now realizing what this doctor witnessed; pets are good for people!
In this post we are going to cover the past and present of using ESA’s, the mental health benefits they provide, who these ESA’s can help and some interesting facts you will want to know if you plan on getting an emotional support animal of your own.
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The Past and the Present of Emotional Support Animals
Dr. Freud wasn’t the only professional that used a therapy animal with his patients. According to Healthy Pets, it was actually a psychologist by the name of Boris Levinson that observed the way his dog (Jingles) could reach an autistic child when no other human could. Levinson may have discovered this technique by accident in the 50’s, but it has gone on to be a drug-free way to help those with mild to severe mental disabilities.
One organization that stands out and has become a leader of Animal Assisted Therapy is the Delta Society. Based in Australia with approximately 1,000 volunteers, Delta’s AAT program has helped over 20.000 people in hospitals, senior homes, and mental health units. And it’s not just dogs that get called-to-duty, this organization uses llamas, rabbits, horses, pigs, rabbits and even the occasional snake to bring comfort to those in need.