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A 46-year-old male asked:

can i get a service dog for depression?

3 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ravi Chand
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Depression: A good pet boosts immunity and mood whether service or not.
Dr. Ralph Wolf
Dr. Ralph Wolf commented
Psychiatry 39 years experience
Your Licensed Mental Health Professional can assist you in getting your animal labeled a "service dog." I have helped patients having pets in apartments where no 'pets' were allowed. Also on beaches and restaurants. May want 2 read the AADA law as currently passed. Before getting an animal to help you make sure you are aware of the responsibility/costs you will be accepting. Consider a rescue pet
Sep 4, 2013
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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I have as well, especially Helpful in PTSD or lonely isolated patients
Sep 4, 2013
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Depends on need: Mental health service dogs are dogs trained to perform tasks that mitigate the psychiatric disabilities of their human partners. This differs from pet dogs trained to be therapy dogs & go to hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc. Emotional support dogs are not the same as service dogs either. One resource is: http://tinyurl.Com/oqa4pp6 your mental health professional can help you w/the process.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If the dog is: Soley for psychological comfort it would fall under the category of emotional support animal. This is different from both a service dog and a therapy dog. Service dogs for mental health disorders are trained to peform tasks that apply to the individual's specific disability. Where as an emotional support animal helps the person's sense of psychological wellbeing.

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