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Psychiatric Service Dog Training For Panic Attacks

5 benefits of Training a Psychiatric Service Animal

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Summary of todays Podcast:

1. Changes for psychiatric service dogs and airline travel

  1. New rules for Airlines travel with a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD)
  2. Who and How to qualify for a PSD
  3. Service Dog Training
  4. Ways Psychiatric Service dog help with Panic Attacks and PTSD and depression

Question of the day is: What is the only question that a person can ask someone to determine if they have a mental health service dog?

I was so relieved when I found out about having my cute little furry Emotional support Animal (ESA) fly with me by federal laws for airlines. I could take my dog with me and have him on my lap, if I had a letter from my therapist stating I need my dog to fly with me because I have anxiety, I can take him with me.  That is no longer the case now.  This is a big loss for many to be able to take your furry friend with you.

The 2 laws are for airline travel and housing and they have been around for a long time:

  1. For Housing-The Fair Housing Act.1973- FHA was enacted 47 years ago for people with a disability, physical, or emotional to have their animal with them in housing and to not be discriminated against. There are no changes to this law.
  2. For Air Travel- the Air Carriers Access Act (ACAA) 1986-enacted 3 years ago. Enables you to bring an animal, mostly dog or cat on the plane with you. To Be on your lap the entire flight, or at your feet outside of a carrier. 

12-2-20 the Department of Transportation has changed the regulations. No more ESAs on planes, they are considered pets.  But date when this will take effect.

Service Dogs for Panic Attacks

The new Classification is a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD). Up to 2 dogs, but only dogs, no other kind of animals. They must meet more stringent requirements and a DOT form is needed to the completed attesting by penalty of a felony that your dog is “trained” to perform a task that helps you with your psychological symptoms.  

The person can train the dog themselves or have a professional train them or the animal could have intuitively trained themselves to recognize and respond and alleviate the client’s psychological symptoms.

For example, Training for a Psychiatric Service Dog for Panic attacks, the dog might notice when you are starting to get anxious, even before the you do. The dog must respond, for instance, comes over and licks at you, or puts him head in your lap and this alerts you to your rising anxiety before it escalates to a panic attack and this calms you down, this would be an example of being trained to perform a task.

Or training for a Mental Health Service Dogs for depression could be that the dog lick or paws at you to wake you up, since one of the symptoms of depression can be sleeping to much and you dog comes and gets you out of bed, that is trained to do a task.

You Can Qualify For Psychiatric Support Dog Easily

The examples could go on and on for all the different ways a dog could be defined as a PSD.

Here are more examples:

  • Helps Calms you from having a more severe panic attack
  • Takes you out of an overwhelming situation from PTSD triggers
  • Calms you in crowds by being a barrier between you and others
  • Brings you back from dissociative state
  • Gets between you and others to provide space
  • Nudges you to keep moving in social situations or crowds
  • Helps to get you out of bed, when depressed or helps you overwhelm state
  • Licks your face to calm or bring you back to reality
  • Lays on you when having panic attack to apply pressure
  • Comes to calm an Autistic person before an episode worsens

5 benefits of having a certified PSD Training dog is that they can go with you into

  1. Public places
  2. Stores, Hotels
  3. Restaurants
  4. Fly in a plane with you in the cabin, within your space with no fees
  5. Be in no pet house, without weight or breed restrictions or pet rents.

If you believe your animal helps you with one of the above. Then you are prequalified for next step to get a certified PSD.

If you want to get a certified PSD by a mental Health professional, then an evaluation of your symptoms and need for one is the next step. For Housing this may be required.  Many clients want the certification by me as a Licensed Mental Health Professional with my specialty of certifying for an ESA or a PSD to receive an Official letter or a Photo ID certifying that they meet the law.   This way clients with anxiety are relieved to have the paperwork and not be questioned.

By the law the only question that can be asked is How is your dog trained to help you with a task? Or what task is your dog trained to help you with.   On our PSD letters and ID’s that wording is written directly on it, so that there is not question what can be asked.

Mental health Service Dogs, Service dogs for panic attacks, Psychiatric service animal, Psychiatric Support Dog. Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) are just some of the names of a new class of Service animal that is born out of the changing for emotional support animals that a announced on Dec. 2, 2020 for airline travel.


If you are interested in more information or if you have questions you are welcome to call us at 760-485-6785 or go to ESApros.com


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Many of the qualities that come so effortlessly to dogs - loyalty, devotion, selflessness, unflagging optimism, unqualified love - can be elusive to humans.

​John Grogan

At present, in excess of 30% of the adult population in America is struggling with some sort of mental health problem. For this reason, the role played by an emotional support animal in California and other major American cities has become very important.

Apart from distracting us from our daily activities and struggles, they also help to alleviate stress to a great extent. Many of us feel better because of these animals in times of extreme emotional distress. The emotional support animal laws in California will enable you to dwell in rented apartments legally along with the emotional support animal. In the subsequent paragraphs, we will take a look at how emotional support animals will help to make our life easier.

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​​​​9 Benefits Provided by Emotional Support Animals

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Decreased feelings of solitude

Canines and other pets will help to decrease the feelings of loneliness in individuals and also provide companionship. It is extremely difficult to deal with mental illness all by yourself and people suffering from these types of conditions often face problems in functioning in the public and social settings, thus aggravating the sensation of solitude plus isolation.


These types of feelings can be lessened with the help of an emotional support animal. These animals love to go for strolls and might also compel their owners to come in contact with the outside world for socialization.


Although they are not able to speak, they can act as constant and patient listeners. At times, you require somebody to talk to. A trusted animal will never allow you to feel alone whatsoever.

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Enhanced physical activities

An emotional support animal will assist you in leaving the house and going for short strolls. This is extremely important when it comes to a healthy body and mind. People often ignore to perform physical activities because of depressive disorders and other issues.


However, these animals will provide you with some purpose in life and you will feel like doing physical activities. For instance, a dog might help individuals who are suffering from mental problems to go for a short walk outside.


Apart from being good for the body, physical activity will also increase the production of endorphins which are known as the feel-good hormones.

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Reduced anxiety and stress

ESA can also assist in reducing stress and anxiety. Contemporary lives can be very stressful and many of us are unable to handle the anxiety effectively. Some even suffer from panic attacks from time to time.


These animals help to counteract all these effects of anxiety and extreme stress. It has been shown by studies that the stress levels of any person decrease once he interacts with any faithful animal. With the drop stress levels, anxiety also is lessened in the long run. And, decreasing stress will be able to prevent panic attacks too.

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Sense of purpose

Caring for any animal will help to develop a sense of purpose and will improve your mood as well. Many people struggling with mental disorders might feel that their lives do not have any purpose. However, an emotional support animal implies that you have somebody depending on you on a regular basis.


Ensuring that the animal is provided with food, water, and proper exercise develops a positive frame of mind for the patient and he or she gets back the interest in their lives. Spending more time with the animals will also enable them to focus on the requirements of the animals instead of their own problems.


At times, this type of distraction can help you immensely in avoiding a panic attack or depressive episode.

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Enhanced physical health

While somebody is struggling with his mental health, it can hamper his physical health significantly. Anxiety, stress, and depressive disorders can result in hypertension, high cholesterol, weight gain, and lots of other physical problems.


However, these issues can be contracted easily in the presence of an emotional support animal. It has been shown by studies that these animals help in minimizing the triglyceride levels, blood pressure, plus cholesterol. Apart from that, enhanced physical activities will also help them in shedding pounds in the long run.

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Enhanced social support

​As mentioned earlier, these animals are going to be a fantastic support for any person who is struggling to mix with the outside world after a period of detachment.


However, emotional support animals will be able to transform this attitude of their own owners to a great extent and help them to interact with others much more freely.

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Safety

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​Having the company of an ESA anywhere you go will provide a sense of security and safety to any individual out there. The animals are playful in nature and this will help their owners to relax and overcome their paranoid feelings effectively.


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​​​​Recovery

It might be that you are recovering from any injury sustained by you that had a significant impact on your mental health. In that case, you can take the help of the animal to boost your recovery process to a great extent.


Apart from this, whenever you venture outside for a stroll along with the animal you will be experiencing an increase in your physical activities which can improve your health considerably.

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Reduced travel anxiety

 There are many people who are suffering from travel anxiety and will not be able to board an aircraft while going to another destination. 


Realizing this fact, the emotional support animal laws in California and other cities have permitted individuals to take their emotional support animals along with them on the plane for overcoming their anxiety.


Conclusion:

Even though one cannot deny the role of an emotional support animal in California when it comes to treating the mental and emotional conditions, it is also important to consider other treatment procedures too.


One must use the support from these animals along with other cognitive behavioral treatment methods. In this manner, it will be possible for you to witness some notable changes in the overall quality of your mental health and you will be able to lead a stress-free and happier life than ever before.


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How Do I Make My Dog a Service Dog

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​The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.

​Johnny Depp

​These are some of the most frequently asked questions that I want to answer today, in as straight forward and factual way, as I can.  There is so much misinformation on the internet, that people may be missing out on an opportunity to have an animal in their life to help them in so many ways, physically, emotionally or psychologically.

As a licensed therapist for 30 years, that does Psychological evaluations with clients through Next Generation Psychology at www.esapros.com  we certify people to have an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) or a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD).

The most frequent thing I hear from clients after getting an ESA or a PSD is that having my animal with them is a “life changer”.  So, don’t let misinformation scare you off from seeing if you could qualify for a type of Service dog.


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How do you get a service dog?​

1.

​Service dogs come in many types for different disabilities and they have different laws that govern them.


If you have a medical condition, like seizures, diabetes, wheelchair bound or what we are most used to understanding as a traditional, service dog is for blindness.  But there could be many types of medical conditions, if the dog, or a miniature horse, qualifies according to the Americans with Disability act (ADA).


What the ADA states as qualifying for a Service dog is: The ADA defines a service animal as a dog that is "individually trained" to "perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.”


The tasks a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. Service dogs have extensive training to behave calmly in public and perform specific tasks related to their owners’ physical or psychiatric disabilities.


Some states have laws that provide broader protection than the ADA. For example, while the ADA only applies to qualified individuals with a disability, Rhode Island’s law extends those protections to cover trainers of personal assistance animals as well.


States specifically excluding PSDs from state definition of service dog This does not mean that the ADA does not apply in those states. It means that psychiatric service dog owners simply do not have additional rights under state laws in these locales. As long as federal law applies, the ADA trumps or “preempts” the more restrictive state law.


Here are some resources to find a places to assist you on how make my dog a service dog for your specific disability; These have not been vetted. Please do your own research to find the place right for you.

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How to make my dog an emotional support dog


To qualify for an Emotional Support Dog the dog, needs to help the person with a daily functioning, like sleep, socializing or to concentrate better at home or work, etc. And they must have a corresponding psychological diagnosis that is affecting that daily functioning. A Psychological doctor or a licensed mental health profession must evaluate you to determine the diagnosis according the DSM-5 and that the animal helps you with a daily functioning.


Once the person is qualified, they will receive documentation from the Mental health professional on letter head stating in the exact language required by the 2 federal laws governing ESAs.  The 2 federal laws are:

The Federal Housing law was instituted in 1973- It states an assistance animal is not a pet. It is an animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability.


Assistance animals perform many disability-related functions, including but not limited to, pulling a wheelchair, fetching items, alerting persons to impending seizures, or providing emotional support to persons with disabilities who have a disability-related need for such support. 


For purposes of reasonable accommodation requests, neither the FHAct nor Section 504 requires an assistance animal to be individually trained or certified.  While dogs are the most common type of assistance animal, other animals can also be assistance animals.


Housing providers may ask-

(I) Does the person seeking to use and live with the animal have a disability — i.e., a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities?

(2) Does the person making the request have a disability-related need for an assistance animal?


In other words, does the animal provide assistance for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provide emotional support that alleviates one or more of the identified symptoms or effects of a person's existing disability?


Where the answers to questions (1) and (2) are "yes," the FHAct and Section 504 require the housing provider to modify or provide an exception to a "no pets" rule or policy to permit a person with a disability to live with and use an assistance animal(s) in all areas of the premises where persons are normally allowed to go, unless doing so would impose an undue financial and administrative burden or would fundamentally alter the nature of the housing provider's services. 


Breed, size, and weight limitations may not be applied to an assistance animal_ A determination that an assistance animal poses a direct threat of harm must be based on an individualized assessment that relies on objective evidence about the specific animal's actual conduct — not on mere speculation or fear about the types of harm or damage an animal may cause and not on evidence about harm or damage that other animals have caused.

Conditions and restrictions that housing providers apply to pets may not be applied to assistance animals.


A housing provider may not deny a reasonable accommodation request because he or she is uncertain whether or not the person seeking the accommodation has a disability or a disability-related need for an assistance animal. 


Housing providers may ask individuals who have disabilities that are not readily apparent or known to the provider to submit reliable documentation of a disability and their disability-related need for an assistance animal.

However, a housing provider may not ask a tenant or applicant to provide documentation showing the disability or disability-related need for an assistance animal if the disability or disability-related need is readily apparent or already known to the provider.  


A housing provider also may not ask an applicant or tenant to provide access to medical records or medical providers or provide detailed or extensive information or documentation of a person's physical or mental impairments.


A request for a reasonable accommodation may not be unreasonably denied or conditioned on payment of a fee or deposit or other terms and conditions applied to applicants or residents with pets, and a response may not be unreasonably delayed.


Persons with disabilities who believe a request for a reasonable accommodation has been improperly denied may file a complaint.


The Air Carrier Act is the other law governing ESAs and was instituted in 1986- it is governed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The Air Carriers Access Act: “In the Federal Register Rules and Regulations and Guidance Concerning Service Animals in Air Transportation.   In 1990, the U.S.  Department of Transportation (DOT) promulgated the official regulations implementing the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). 


Those rules are entitled Nondiscrimination  on  the  Basis  of  Disability  in  Air  Travel (14  CFR  part  382). Require  documentation  for emotional support  animals:  With  respect  to  an  animal used  for  emotional support  (which  need  not  have  specific  training  for  that  function),  airline  personnel may  require  current documentation  (i.e.,  not  more  than  one year  old)  on  letterhead  from  a  mental  health  professional stating  

  • (1)  that  the  passenger has  a  mental health-related  disability;  
  • (2)  that  having  the  animal accompany  the passenger  is  necessary  to  the passenger’s  mental  health  or  treatment  or  to  assist the passenger (with  his  or her  disability);  and  
  • (3)  that  the  individual providing  the  assessment  of the passenger is  a  licensed  mental health  professional and  the  passenger is  under his  or her professional care.  Airline personnel may require  this  documentation  as  a condition  of permitting  the  animal  to accompany  the  passenger  in  the  cabin.  

The airlines can refuse an assistance or ESA animal if it is engaged in disruptive behavior; shows that it has not been successfully trained to function as a service animal in public settings.  And they can refuse any exotic animals, like pigs, turkeys, snakes or pocket animals.


Flying with Assistance Animals Outside the Continental U.S.


Although foreign airlines must meet the ACAA requirements, many other countries have health requirements for bringing in animals. Except for trained service dogs, Hawaii has a quarantine for animals. However, even service dogs need a health certificates and can only fly into Honolulu. To find the health requirements for your destination, use this pet-travel search tool from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


When you’re traveling internationally with a pet, it’s also a good idea to check with the consulate or embassy of the country where you’re headed.

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How to make your dog a service dog for anxiety

Since we have more and more Veterans returning from war, the incidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that’s main symptoms are anxiety and depression, more Veteran are needing a service dog for anxiety or PTSD symptoms.  This would be considered a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD).  The ADA covers services dogs that can go wherever the veteran goes or anyone with anxiety that qualifies. The Americans with Disability act (ADA) states.


What the ADA states as qualifying for a Service dog is: The ADA defines a service animal as a dog that is "individually trained" to "perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.”


The tasks a dog has been trained to provide must be directly related to the person’s disability. A PSD can be trained by a professional, or by you or the animal could intuitively have trained themselves to recognize anxiety in a panic attack or a PTSD trigger and then responds to you by going over to you, lick you, paw at you, or in some way help to calm you, to lessen the anxiety symptoms or help to come back to reality, etc. it will perform that specific task related to their owners’ psychiatric disabilities consistently.

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How to make your dog an emotional support animal


Any animal, dog cat, rabbit, or bird, etc. could be an emotional support animal as long as it helps the person with a daily functioning, like to sleep better, concentrate better, or socialize easier and you have been given a psychological diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional and that this animal will helps with that daily functioning and the Therapist recommends you to have an ESA in a letter to use from airlines and housing.  However, airlines are not required to allow any exotic animal on the plane.


​5.

How can I make my dog a Service dog


Depending on the person specific needs, you can train a dog to fetch, pull a wheel chair or notice when your blood sugar is low, or notice that you are going to have a seizure. Or you can have them professional trained. Many of the places that train a service dog to assist a blind person, must have specialty training to make sure that the dog can keep the person safe in public or crossing streets. Hence, the cost of thousands of dollars to find and train a specialty animal. 


Many prisons have programs to find the type of animal that has the right temperament, and behaviors to assist a person with a physical disability.

Here are some unvetted resources to start your search.


 www.ecad1.org/‎ 860-489-6550  

 www.sdwr.org/‎ 540-543-2307

www.medicalservicedogs.org/‎    

 www.littleangelsservicedogs.org

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Emotional Support Animal and the Corona virus

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​To err is human — to forgive, canine.

​​Unknown

This virus has caught our attention and raised more anxiety or fears and caught us somewhat off guard. I want to explore why we have anxiety and 4 things you can do today to alleviate it, including getting an emotional support animal and the Corona virus.

As a Mental Health Professional for 30 years, I understand the rising fear from a virus, without a vaccination or pharmaceutical medication to treat it, No Medical way to prevent it and increased economic and life stressors associated with it. But, let’s look at ways to tame the anxiety together.

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Why do we have anxiety or fear?  All our emotions have a rational, logical purpose; to give us information to use to assess a threat AND get prepared accordingly.  That sounds logical, then why do I continue to have anxiety once I assess the threat and get prepared. Because we don’t change the underlying thought associated with that emotion, we stay in the emotion.

Because your brain is wired to keep you alive, not thrive, but survive by protecting you.  Unless you have  figured out ways to calm the survival part of your brain and change the thought associated with that emotion, it will keep, the “what ifs”, or the constant never ending loop of anxiety going to protect you, with cautionary worries of anxiety.  But from what, if you are prepared and assessed that the risk is low?

 If your brain response is from what I consider a brain injury from a trauma,  that puts your brain into the survival mode to protect you with the fight, flight or freeze response, from an emotional traumatic event where you feared for your life or the imminent threat to someone you love, or serious bodily harm.  This is the 1st requirement for a diagnosis of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Where the fear elicits the lower part of your brain to go into survival mode and creates anxiety around almost every unknown situation to protect you.

 If not treated, it can create trust issues, depression or changes in your lifestyle that can creep up on you until you don’t leave the house.  You can try to rationalize it away or avoid dealing with it or the emotions associated with it. Avoidance is also one of the symptoms of PTSD.  No wonder getting treatment is so hard! We think it is easier to just avoid it.  We think it will hurt to deal with it.  But, there are the clues, We think…it will…hurt, change that thought to a more reassuring one.

PTSD is usually associated with war, a physical assault, abuse or severe emotional abuse or neglect. But, what about the ever-increasing mass shootings, school shootings and their families rushing to the scene, not knowing, if it is their child or not.  What about the increasing traumatic weather events of loss and starting over?  Now we have a virus we are unsure of what will happen and financial effects and this is creating more anxiety on top of what could be other effects of previous traumas.

​​​​​3 things you can do today to start to tame the survival part of your brain.

1.

​Get the facts

Get the facts on the virus from the CDC in your state of the federal CDC Fact sheet. Stay current, then shut off the TV.

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Stop avoiding your emotions


 They are just trying to give you information not, trying to kill you. It is like putting a happy face on your gas gauge, it doesn’t work for long.

  • Listen to what Your emotions are telling you, so that you can use the higher part of your brain to change your thoughts associated with the emotion, to not just rationalize the fear away, but calm and reassure it.
  • FEEL the Reassurance and calming of the fear by using the facts, or logic to recognize,  then change the thought associated with that emotion- UNTIL THE LOWER PART OF YOUR BRAIN FEELS THE REASSURANCE or CALMING.
  • This is not a fake it until you make it.  The lower part of your brain is built to protect you. It can’t be fooled, with an affirmation. 
  • You have to mean it and feel it. THIS IS THE KEY THAT NO ONE HAS TOLD YOU ABOUT. This is why people don’t change, it is work to figure this out and make the changes required to your thoughts.  Think of it like changing a thought habit. You have used that worry thought how many times to make it a habit.  If you created that thought you can rethink it to get a different result.
  • Change your thought to grateful or calming thoughts, that you truly believe about the situations. (This is the work). Write the calming thought on your hand, or sticky notes in front of you, to remember the new thought that works or until you find the ones that really set you up to feel true reassurance and calm. Then keep practicing this new thought and feeling until it is your new habit. Now, you can use this to benefit and calm the lower brain. This is what it wants, reassurance that you can handle this or it will take over again.
  • Get a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) App that can help you with this process. CBT has been proven to be one of the most effective therapies for anxiety and depression, by choosing more effective coping thoughts that work to calm or reassure you.  You understand that you are in control of your own thoughts once you start listening to your emotional guidance system within you designed exactly for this purpose and you feel the resulting reduction in anxiety you will keep practicing.
  • Get Professional help-If you can’t change your old lower brain, thought habits yourself-On the back of your health insurance card is an 800 number for the providers covered to help pay the cost of therapy. For therapy ask for a therapist or counselor or ask for a Doctor if you want medication. Ask for a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist or someone who gets results for anxiety or PTSD and can help you starting in 3 sessions.  After 3 sessions, you can tell if it is the right therapist or ask for another one.  Sometimes you have to try several to find the right fit.  But, expect results to relieve anxiety, by you learning techniques you can use in your everyday life.  You can’t expect the therapist to do this FOR YOU. You need to practice to change this thought pattern.
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Get a dog or pet the dog you have.


  • Pet your dog- Lowers anxiety and stress hormone cortisol. One study found that just 10 minutes of interacting with cats or dogs produce a significant reduction in Cortisol in students. Cortisol is a major stress hormone and cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol. Just 10 minutes of interacting with cats and dogs produced a significant reduction in students' cortisol, a major stress hormone. College is stressful. ... "Students in our study that interacted with cats and dogs had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone." Jul 15, 2019  Article for the ScienceDaily  
  • Boost your immune- Existing research shows that dogs and their owners share much of the same gut bacteria over time. In addition, some studies have shown that dogs enhance immune functioning in children, reducing the risk for immune disorders, such as asthma and allergies. “We think dogs might work as probiotics to enhance the health of the bacteria that live in our guts. These bacteria, or ‘microbiota,’ are increasingly recognized as playing an essential role in our mental and physical health, especially as we age,” said Dr. Charles Raison, principal investigator for the study and a UA professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine.        
  • Reduce stress- There’s a reason therapy dogs are so effective: Spending just a few minutes with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play big roles in calm and wellbeing. People performing stressful tasks do better when there’s a dog around, too, and studies show dogs ease tension both at the office and between married couples.
  • Stave off depression- It’s widely believed that dog owners are less prone to depression than the dog-less, largely because they seem to help in so many other areas of health and wellbeing. The truth is somewhat more complicated. Though there’s evidence that certain dog owners—including isolated elderly women and HIV-positive men—suffer less from depression than those without pets.
  • Add meaning and purpose to life-It can be difficult to find structure and routines and lower stress and add meaning to the day. Dogs can insist on that. Dogs help prevent loneliness and isolation, which is key in staving off cognitive decline and disease. It helps to not just focus on our needs and gives us a reason to really get up in the morning.
  •  Service dogs are known to benefit people with everything from traumatic brain injury to autism to rheumatoid arthritis, increasing mobility and promoting independence covered under the ADA.
  • Get your dog certified as an Emotional Support Animal that are known to help calm and reassure from daily functioning affected by anxiety, stress or loss. And can be certified by a licensed mental health professional and receive a letter to allow you to have their animal on a plane and in “No Pet” housing with no fees under 2 federal laws. Alzheimer’s patients are soothed by dogs, whose companionship also seems to mitigate emotional flare-ups and aggression.
  •           Psychiatric Service Dogs are trained to recognize and respond to an emotional crisis or wounds of war with PTSD symptoms, anxiety or depression. They can be certified if they recognize and respond to Psychiatric symptoms such as PTSD, Panic Attacks limiting life. ADA law gives rights for taking your dog in public places, air travel and housing and more.
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Conclusion:

If you want more information on how your dog can become an Emotional Support Animal or a Psychiatric Service Dog you can go to www.esapros.com or call Next Generation Psychology at 760-485-6784.


Dog can Possibly help to calm your nerves as you put into perspective that 80% of the cases of the Coronavirus are mild.  And if having a dog wasn’t a good reason before, maybe it is now.

Learn some relaxing thoughts, take your dog for a walk and find 5 things that are good about your world and this day.


 If you want more information on how your dog can become an Emotional Support Animal or a Psychiatric Service Dog to go where you go, get more information at www.esapros.com or call Next Generation Psychology at 760-485-6784.


Emotional Support Animals Evaluation Letter​ ​


Simple and Easy Approval for an ESA Letter in as little as 24 hours

Find Out in 30 Seconds If You Qualify

Call us with any Questions 760-​485-6784


Have Questions?

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13 Ways My Small Service Dogs Help My Immune System Fight Coronavirus

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Many ​experts are discovering the health benefits of owning service pets. In fact, it's undeniable.

​​Mary Sanchez

As a Mental Health Professional for 30 years, I can understand the rising fear from a virus, without a vaccination or pharmaceutical medication to treat it once you have it or medical way to prevent it.

We are going back to basics. Soap and water and we have gone to the DOGS for help!

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​​​​13 Health Benefits ​of Small Service Dogs

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Just 10 minutes of interacting with cats and dogs produced a significant reduction in students' cortisol, a major stress hormone. Form a Study in the Science Daily 7/15/2019 reports at Washington State University


College is stressful. Students have classes, papers, and exams. But they also often have work, bills to pay, and so many other pressures common in modern life.  Many universities have instituted "Pet Your Stress Away" programs

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Effects of petting a dog on immune system function. Existing research shows that dogs and their owners share much of the same gut bacteria over time. In addition, some studies have shown that dogs enhance immune functioning in children, reducing the risk for immune disorders, such as asthma and allergies. 


“We think dogs might work as probiotics to enhance the health of the bacteria that live in our guts. These bacteria, or ‘microbiota,’ are increasingly recognized as playing an essential role in our mental and physical health, especially as we age,” said Dr. Charles Raison, principal investigator for the study and a UA professor of psychiatry in the College of Medicine.  If you don’t have a dog and want one- apply in this study.

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Service Animals ​Improve heart health


Dogs don’t just fill your heart; they make it stronger. Studies show that having a canine companion is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks. What’s more, dog owners who do have heart attacks have better survival rates following the events.

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ESA Animals Keep you fit and active


Health experts recommend that adults get about 2 hours and 30 minutes’ worth of moderate exercise per week. Dog owners are way more likely to hit that goal. “People love to be outside to walk their dog, and be with their dog,” says Kay Joubert, Director Companion Animal Services at PAWS,  “It helps them be more active.”


Earlier this year, a study in the journal Gerontologist found that older adults who walked dogs experienced “lower body mass index, fewer activities of daily living limitations, fewer doctor visits, and more frequent moderate and vigorous exercise.”

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Emotional Support Animals Help you lose weight


Research has repeatedly found that daily dog walks help you lose weight, since they force you to into moderate physical activity for 10, 20, and even 30 minutes at a time.


One small study discovered public housing residents who walked “loaner” dogs five times a week lost an average of 14.4 pounds over the course of a year. The best part: Participants considered it a responsibility to the dog, rather than exercise.

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​Service Animals Improve your social life


​Researchers have found that about 40 percent make friends more easily, possibly because the vast majority—4 in 5, according to one British study—speak with other dog owners during walks. “When you start to engage them about their companion animal, people tend to open up and really blossom. They want to share stories about their favorite friend.”


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Therapy Dogs Reduce stress


There’s a reason therapy dogs are so effective: Spending just a few minutes with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play big roles in calm and wellbeing. 


People performing stressful tasks do better when there’s a dog around, too, and studies show dogs ease tension both at the office and between married couples. Therapy dogs that visit hospitals and nursing homes, have been shown to be effective in easing depression for a variety of people, old and young, sick and healthy.

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Comfort Animals Add Meaning and Purpose


It can be difficult to find structure and meaning day in and day out. Dogs take care of that. “They force people to continue to do things,” says Kristi Littrell, Adoption Manager at Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. “So, even if you’re not feeling well emotionally or physically, the dog doesn’t care. I mean, they care, but they still want you to feed them and take them for a walk.” 


Dogs help prevent loneliness and isolation, as well, which is key in staving off cognitive decline and disease. “It helps us to not just focus on our needs,” says Joubert. “It gives us a reason to really get up in the morning. ‘I need to get up and take care of my friend here.’”


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ESA Animals Stave off depression


It’s widely believed that dog owners are less prone to depression than the dog-less, largely because they seem to help in so many other areas of health and well being.


The truth is somewhat more complicated. Though there’s evidence that certain small service dog owners—including isolated elderly women and HIV-positive men—suffer less from depression than those without pets.  

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Prevent Grandkids’ Allergies


Back in the ‘90s, experts believed having a dog in your home contributed to children’s allergies. Fortunately, recent research shows just the opposite is true: Dogs and cats actually lower a child’s chance of becoming allergic to pets—up to 33 percent, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.


As a side bonus, young ‘uns might even develop stronger immune systems.

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​Reduce doctor visits


A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology established If you’re over 65 and own a pet, odds are you seek medical help about 30 percent less often than people who don’t have a pet.


The study established that animal-owning seniors on Medicare “reported fewer doctor contacts over the 1-year period than respondents who did not own pets.” And while cats, birds, and other animals were helpful, “Owners of dogs, in particular, were buffered from the impact of stressful life events on physician utilization.”

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It’s believed that owning a dog can help detect, treat, and manage a variety of illnesses and debilitation. A few examples:


Some dogs have been trained to sniff out skin, kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer, among others.


Small Service dogs are known to benefit people with everything from traumatic brain injury to autism to rheumatoid arthritis, increasing mobility and promoting independence.


Emotional Support animals are known to help calm and reassure from daily functioning affected by anxiety, stress or loss.


Psychiatric Service Dogs are trained to recognize and respond to an emotional crisis or wounds of war with PTSD symptoms, anxiety or depression and


Alzheimer’s patients are soothed by dogs, whose companionship also seems to mitigate emotional flare-ups and aggression.

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When Dogs Are Not So Great


​According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), just over 86,000 falls per year are caused by pets ― 88 percent by dogs. Falls can be cataclysmic health events for people who are older, frequently leading to serious injury (broken hips, etc.) and long hospital stays. If you’re looking to adopt, consider mobility issues, and make sure to take steps to reduce the dangers of falls.

Conclusion:

Possibly help to calm your nerves as you put into perspective that 85% of the cases of the Coronavirus are mild.  And if having a dog wasn’t a good reason before, maybe it is now.


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7 Reasons You Should Have An Emotional Support Animal In Florida

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It's difficult to understand why people don't realize that pets are gifts to mankind.

​​Linda Blair

It may not be easy to understand the importance of emotional support animals in Florida (ESA) unless you know what they are and how they can be beneficial for you. In this article, you will get the inside scoop about ​how to get an emotional support animals ​how they can improve your life.

According to experts, emotional support dogs and cats in Florida can be clinically defined as animals which can help their owners in dealing, with as well as, overcoming certain kinds of disabilities. The assistance provided by emotional support animals is different from the help provided by other animals.

According to the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carriers Access Act, the services of an emotional support animal is protected by law as they are trained to accommodate the disability of their owners which makes them different from other animals. ​While supporting the emotional health of their owners, ESA animals can play an important role in their life.

Emotional support animals can be important for their owners in the following ways:

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​​​​​7 Benefits Provided by Emotional Support Animals

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​ESA pets help reduce your anxiety on planes: 

Many people become anxious when they travel on planes. According to experts, traveling on planes can be a painful experience for many people due to various reasons like medical treatment, attending a funeral or after spending time with their family. They can travel easily if they have an emotional support animal with them.


They can feel better to some extent in their presence as the support provided by the animals can be different from the support provided by the medicines or other methods. ​They can also feel better while flying on planes if they are thinking about their ESA instead of their fear. The very thought of their service animal can help in improving their mental health.

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Help in producing neurotransmitters:

​ The production of several neurochemicals that can help in improving bonding and love can be increased with the help of emotional support dogs in Florida. It has been proven through various studies that the company of dogs can help in increasing the levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter, just by looking into their eyes.


According to experts, the emotional support of dogs cannot only increase the capacity of the love of their owners but also can make them feel less depressed. So, it is important for the people suffering from their loneliness to have a dog around them to make them feel more loved and safer in their company.

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Pets can work in combination with other treatment forms: 

The company of emotional support animals can not only provide emotional support to their owners but treated as part of the treatment provided to them for curing their health issues.


 According to experts, ESA pets can be used along with other treatments to treat the symptoms of their cognitive-behavioral issues. The company of ESA can be included with any form of therapy used to treat a health condition. For instance, an emotional support animal can be used as a model of ​calmness to bring you emotionally ​tranquil state.

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ESA dogs provide unconditional love to their owners:

 The owners of emotional support dogs in Florida, with some health problems, can get unconditional love from their pets which may not be possible otherwise. According to experts, the feeling of unconditional love and connectedness provided by an ​ESA animal may not be found by an individual even after a lot of struggle looking for more connections in their lives.


​Though having an ESA does not mean that its all downhill​, but it can help someone with mental issues to recover to his normal level of functioning sooner. People who feel alone in their life can be in a relationship with someone when they are accompanied and loved by their pet. It can considerably reduce the devastating nature of their symptoms along with improving their mental health on the whole.


​So, while encouraging people with a diagnosis to re-engage with the world it is important for them to be in a relationship with an emotional support animal to help them develop better relationships with humans. ​

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​Therapy pets ​help stabilize intense emotions

 Emotional support animals can also help in stabilizing your unregulated emotions when it becomes difficult to control them. According to experts, when people feel highly agitated, very down, anxious or very fearful then the support of an animal can help in neutralizing it with the help of their affection and love.


The company of an animal can help in diverting their attention from that extreme situation. One can regulate and adjust his emotions in the company of an animal as animals are neither depressed and anxious or agitated. In other words, the unwavering dedication of your dog can actually help in healing you when ​needed.

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ESA pets provide social support

 ​It is good for the people who consider their pets as a member of their family that they can be their social companion and improve their health by becoming an ESA. According to a report published in a medical journal, pets can be very beneficial for their owners if they are psychologically close to their owners. They are the best candidates to become an ESA. ​


This social support provided by the pets can help in improving problems in endocrine gland, functioning of the immune system and cardiovascular issues. In this way, emotional support dogs may not only help in making your blood pressure steady or going on the walk but also healing your health problems with their relationship.

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Help in regulating feelings in routine

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​It is important to manage your daily chores if you are diagnosed with a problem. One can keep their emotions regulated in day-to-day life with the help of an ESA or therapy pet, according to experts. 


It has been ​proven through various ​studies that the presence of a pet can help in reducing ​anxiety and regulate psychological ​issues along with improving the mood of its owners. They can help in stabilizing human emotions, with their steady presence as animals provide unconditional relationship and attention on demand.


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Conclusion:

​Thus, the continuous presence of the prescribed emotional support animals in Florida can help you in fighting with your health problems, irrespective of your living conditions.


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9 Benefits of Emotional Support Animal in California

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Many of the qualities that come so effortlessly to dogs - loyalty, devotion, selflessness, unflagging optimism, unqualified love - can be elusive to humans.

​John Grogan

At present, in excess of 30% of the adult population in America is struggling with some sort of mental health problem. For this reason, the role played by an emotional support animal in California and other major American cities has become very important.

Apart from distracting us from our daily activities and struggles, they also help to alleviate stress to a great extent. Many of us feel better because of these animals in times of extreme emotional distress. The emotional support animal laws in California will enable you to dwell in rented apartments legally along with the emotional support animal. In the subsequent paragraphs, we will take a look at how emotional support animals will help to make our life easier.

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​​​​9 Benefits Provided by ​Emotional Support Dogs in California

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You'll experience decreased feelings of solitude

Canines and other pets will help to decrease the feelings of loneliness in individuals and also provide companionship. It is extremely difficult to deal with mental illness all by yourself and people suffering from these types of conditions often face problems in functioning in the public and social settings, thus aggravating the sensation of solitude plus isolation.


These types of feelings can be lessened with the help of an emotional support animal. These animals love to go for strolls and might also compel their owners to come in contact with the outside world for socialization.


Although they are not able to speak, they can act as constant and patient listeners. At times, you require somebody to talk to. A trusted animal will never allow you to feel alone whatsoever.

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Enhanced physical activities

An emotional support animal will assist you in leaving the house and going for short strolls. This is extremely important when it comes to a healthy body and mind. People often ignore to perform physical activities because of depressive disorders and other issues.


However, these animals will provide you with some purpose in life and you will feel like doing physical activities. For instance, a dog might help individuals who are suffering from mental problems to go for a short walk outside.


Apart from being good for the body, physical activity will also increase the production of endorphins which are known as the feel-good hormones.

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ESA animals reduce anxiety and stress

ESA can also assist in reducing stress and anxiety. Contemporary lives can be very stressful and many of us are unable to handle the anxiety effectively. Some even suffer from panic attacks from time to time.


These animals help to counteract all these effects of anxiety and extreme stress. It has been shown by studies that the stress levels of any person decrease once he interacts with any faithful animal. With the drop stress levels, anxiety also is lessened in the long run. And, decreasing stress will be able to prevent panic attacks too.

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ESA pets give you a sense of purpose

Caring for any animal will help to develop a sense of purpose and will improve your mood as well. Many people struggling with mental disorders might feel that their lives do not have any purpose. However, an emotional support animal implies that you have somebody depending on you on a regular basis.


Ensuring that the animal is provided with food, water, and proper exercise develops a positive frame of mind for the patient and he or she gets back the interest in their lives. Spending more time with the animals will also enable them to focus on the requirements of the animals instead of their own problems.


At times, this type of distraction can help you immensely in avoiding a panic attack or depressive episode.

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​Better physical health

While somebody is struggling with his mental health, it can hamper his physical health significantly. Anxiety, stress, and depressive disorders can result in hypertension, high cholesterol, weight gain, and lots of other physical problems.


However, these issues can be contracted easily in the presence of an emotional support animal. It has been shown by studies that these animals help in minimizing the triglyceride levels, blood pressure, plus cholesterol. Apart from that, enhanced physical activities will also help them in shedding pounds in the long run.

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​More social support

​As mentioned earlier, these animals are going to be a fantastic support for any person who is struggling to mix with the outside world after a period of detachment.


However, emotional support animals will be able to transform this attitude of their own owners to a great extent and help them to interact with others much more freely.

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Feel safer

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​Having the company of an ESA animal anywhere you go will provide a sense of security and safety to any individual out there. The animals are playful in nature and this will help their owners to relax and overcome their paranoid feelings effectively.


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​​​​They can help you recover

It might be that you are recovering from any injury sustained by you that had a significant impact on your mental health. In that case, you can take the help of the animal to boost your recovery process to a great extent.


Apart from this, whenever you venture outside for a stroll along with the animal you will be experiencing an increase in your physical activities which can improve your health considerably.

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They reduce travel anxiety

 There are many people who are suffering from travel anxiety and will not be able to board an aircraft while going to another destination. 


Realizing this fact, the emotional support animal laws in California and other cities have permitted individuals to take their emotional support animals along with them on the plane for overcoming their anxiety.


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Even though one cannot deny the role of an emotional support animal in California when it comes to treating the mental and emotional conditions, it is also important to consider other treatment procedures too.


One must use the support from these animals along with other cognitive behavioral treatment methods. In this manner, it will be possible for you to witness some notable changes in the overall quality of your mental health and you will be able to lead a stress-free and happier life than ever before.


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