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Dogs helping PTSD Vets

There are many different types of disabilities, physical and mental. One of the major ones we hear about a lot is post dramatic stress disorder. San Antonio, being a military town, has a lot of veterans that are dealing with this disorder on a daily basis. There is new research out there finding that dogs can help veterans overcome this disorder and be able to live their lives without PTSD controlling it.

First let’s start out with what PTSD is. “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Many people who go through traumatic events have difficulty adjusting and coping for a while, but they don’t have PTSD — with time and good self-care, they usually get better. But if the symptoms get worse or last for months or even years and interfere with your functioning, you may have PTSD. Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function (May Clinic Staff, 2014).”

Now knowing how PTSD works and affects an individual, I was interested to see how dogs could help people dealing with this disorder. Studies have shown that dogs are trained to assist in medical crisis, provide treatment-related assistance, and assist in coping with emotional overload and performing security enhancement tasks. PTSD dogs are also able to help with the adjustment of serotonin levels, lower blood pressure, lowers the risk of depression, provide companionship, calm their handler, and prevent people from crowding around or rushing up on their handler. There are multiple organizations that are focused on PTSD dogs. One of them is Canines 4 Hope. They provide dogs for veterans dealing with PTSD all over the United States. For more information please check out this link Canine 4 Hope

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“Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).” Weblog post. Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic Staff, 15 Apr. 2014. Web. 27 Apr. 2015.

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