Service and Emotional Support Dogs
According to the National Center for PTSD's "Dogs and PTSD" webpage, there is not enough clinical research to know for sure if dogs can help those with PTSD. However, many people who suffer from PTSD find that service dogs and emotional support dogs can help alleviate their PTSD symptoms.
There are two types of dogs that can help with PTSD:
Service dogs are dogs that are trained to help their owner with a specific disability. For example, dogs can be trained to pick things up, visually guide those with visual impairments, remind you to take medication, or help those with poor balance.
Emotional Support Dogs are dogs that do not have special training, but can provide emotional comfort and companionship for their owners. Often, regular pets can be emotional support dogs if a mental health provider writes a letter recognizing the owner has a mental health problem and needs the dog's emotional support.
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Mobile Apps from the National Center for PTSD: