A 46-year-old male asked:
can i get a service dog for depression?
3 doctor answers • 18 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Depression: A good pet boosts immunity and mood whether service or not.
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.
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.
Last updated Jun 21, 2017
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