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Watching Too-Cute Sloth Videos For Depression?

Our friend had a rough winter. Although the depression that she had in her teens and twenties didn’t stage a full-on comeback, she did suffer a tragedy and had to move back to the U.S. from overseas to deal with a complicated legal issue and the break-up of her marriage. Before she moved back, she spent most of her time out of doors leading well-attended historical tours in the family business, and rarely, if ever, “hung out online.”

Now, on a much tighter budget than she’s used to, she finds herself self-medicating with…cute animal videos.

She says “If you feel you can’t go on, watching a sloth getting bath or a puppy playing the piano just helps me gain perspective.”

She sounds a bit tongue-in-cheek, but she’s serious. Now, when her seven year old daughter sees a pensive frown on mommy’s face, she asks her to watch some animal videos together.

If a visit from a therapy animal isn’t in your near future, why not try an animal documentary as a way to connect with pets or nature?

*If sloths aren’t your thing, perhaps Chato Stewart can convince you to try equine therapy.

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Watching Too-Cute Sloth Videos For Depression?

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.


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& C.R. Zwolinski, R. (2015). Watching Too-Cute Sloth Videos For Depression?. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 23, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/therapy-soup/2015/04/watching-too-cute-sloth-videos-for-depression/

 

Last updated: 12 Apr 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 12 Apr 2015
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