Service animals play a huge role in our society. From the familiar seeing-eye dog to animals that have been specially trained to provide support for veterans with PTSD, our animal companions have proven their ability to provide invaluable assistance to humans. In addition to the service dogs that are used by countless people with physical disabilities, there are emotional support animals to help people face their struggles with invisible monsters like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and countless other mental health disorder.
With more than 25% of the American adult population suffering from some type of mental health disorder, emotional support animals have become increasingly important. These animals help relieve stress and can distract us from our own internal battles. They can even have a physical effect on the human body in times of extreme emotional distress. We all know that there is something about the wag of a puppy dog tail or the sound of a cat purring that makes us feel better and helps melt away negative feelings. But just how much of a positive effect do they have on us? Let’s take a closer look at some of the positive effects of emotional support animals.