Depression And Pet Therapy

My two cats, Blossom and Oreo seem to be sensitive to my moods. They will both come up to me and nuzzle me in the face when they sense my mood is down. Blossom, my overweight gray cat, loves to sit on my lap when I’m watching TV and Oreo amuses herself by swinging on anything she can find.

Interacting with them cuts down on the loneliness I sometimes feel as a single person. They offer an unlimited supply of affection and attention. Their love is unconditional, especially when it comes to feeding time.

Alan Beck is the director of the center for human-animal bond at Purdue University. He says that “animals are good for everyone, but particularly for anxious and depressed people.”

When I focus on the present, I feel far less anxious and depressed. Caring for my two wonderful pets helps me stay in the best cbg for dogs moment. Watching over their welfare and giving them my love gives me a sense of purpose and a desire to connect in a meaningful way.

Research has shown that pets boost self esteem, provide empathy, initiate social contact, and serve as substitutes for family members.

Some therapists incorporate pet therapy in their private practices.

Joseph Lancia uses horses in his practice. He gives his patients an exercise, such as getting a horse to jump over objects. Then he observes the patient’s reaction.

Studies have shown that having an animal present during a session helps the client reduce anxiety and feel more secure.

Sometimes animals can sense when a patient is feeling insecure during a counseling session and will make contact with the patient. This often precipitates a conversation about what the patient is thinking and feeling.

Readers, please feel free to share your animal stories and how they help you overcome emotional trials.

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