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Animal Assisted Therapy


Animal assisted therapy (AAT) has become the new buzzword in the field of mental health.

While animal assisted therapy was previously seen as an alternative treatment, it has become more main stream,

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  • April 22, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Therapy animals have proven to have many benefits. It is unfortunate that the VA is not more in support of this treatment. Veterans owning a therapy dog have reported less anxiety while in their homes because of fear of intruders, less anxiety in public, especially when indoors, are more comfortable in social situations and report better sleep and less nightmares because of the idea that the dog is looking out for them. These therapy dogs can also be trained to recognize the signs of stress in their handlers and warn them so that they may remove themselves from the situation. Along with this the dogs can wake their owners prior to or during a nightmare so that they won’t have to experience it. Hopefully more effort is put into this treatment.

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  • June 13, 2016 at 11:11 am

    There are numerous videos on youtube (I know that is not evidence itself!) of veterans and people who have endured mental issues that have been given a new lease of life with horses and other animals. I believe it’s a really important thing to pursue in this field. It’s got to be better than taking drugs anyway!

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