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Do you find pets helpful for your mental health?

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    • wheely_kismet

      67d

      We got our dog because it was recommended by my therapist. I absolutely love him but he has severe separation anxiety which is resistant to medication. It restricts me so much and I'm mostly stuck in my house .

    • wheely_kismet

      67d

      We got our dog because it was recommended by my therapist. I absolutely love him but he has severe separation anxiety which is resistant to medication. It restricts me so much and I'm mostly stuck in my house .

    • real_

      69d

      I'm on the wait list for a service dog. My pet dog currently barks or hides when I have a meltdown but allows me to go for walks because if I start to have a catatonic episode he will start dragging me so I don't just stop walking and freeze in a position in the middle of the sidewalk for an hour

    • Beetlejuul

      81d

      Yep I have an esa for my college because otherwise my anxiety and depression is through the roof. She gives me something to focus on other than myself so I can get out of my own mind and pay attention to her

    • MidlightTheNightFury

      147d

      I used to have a real pet wolf that was my emotional support wolf and she was very helpful to me and that’s a wolf not a dog in my opinion wolves are generally much better than dogs yes people find them scary but that’s because they believe the lies about them but infact there better and more kinder than dogs I like dogs but I’m just saying that as an experienced wolf owner and dog owner

    • Nal

      147d

      Yesss I love all my pets especially my bird I love him with all my heart, he helps a lot and I think he can tell when I’m feeling down or when I have a panic attack he always snuggles with me. And caring for my reptiles and fish is kinda therapeutic in a way

    • KSUfan

      150d

      Yes! My kitten brings me so much joy and laughter each day.

    • degarmacire

      164d

      I have 4 dogs and 2 cats, yes it helps, however it can become a issue if you have too many

    • Carrs

      167d

      Yes

    • Dusty7850

      167d

      Yes!!!!!

    • Squidge1803

      173d

      I had a cat which was like a baby to me, he bonded with me and followed me everywhere ( even to the bathroom ) He was killed a couple of months ago and it has torn a huge hole in my heart , I miss him so much He was definitely a great help with my mental health

    • Brigit

      174d

      100% yes

    • shellb1

      174d

      Definitely

    • JessMartin

      175d

      Definitely.

    • Jake2003

      184d

      Definitely!!

    • 100Percent_K

      186d

      Mine are and aren’t 😂 I picked some crazy pets and they all like to take turns getting sick which is stressful

    • TiredMama24

      186d

      I've been trying to get our dog into our apartment building, ,( apartment has rules against big dogs...,,)but none will write a letter stating I need him, even with all my diagnosis. Any advice?? Thanks in advance 🐕

    • jay5417

      188d

      100%, I've had my cat for 7 years now, and there's not one day that I could ever imagine not having her by side, she's a daughter to me and I wouldn't change her for the world.

    • Possum8910

      207d

      Most definitely, but they can also be a strain if it's not a good match.

    • partygirl124

      208d

      yes and i honestly think that would cure my depression. I was so happy when i had a dog

    • Overcomer

      210d

      I think they are but I can't have a dog

    • Ash87

      214d

      Yes

    • sky1994kajah

      217d

      Yes 1000%

    • Brittany92

      217d

      Yes my pets help me with stress

    • StitchYang

      223d

      Definitely was suicide at one time in life but RIP to my dog though it's been 6 to 7 years without him & it's sad, just sad that I'll never be able to get another dog again because I don't drive or am able to work

    • Nal

      225d

      Yessssss I love all my lil babies I have 7 different pets lol, but they make me so happy cuddling with the ones I can do that with nd just caring for them gives me so much joy

    • Lucky8339

      227d

      Hi, how are you?

    • FatHammie

      228d

      Most definitely 💕. I have my bunny Peanut, he's really incredible. I was having a bad morning and he came and lied down next to me. They really know 🥰

    • Unicorn_Arist

      228d

      I have 5 dogs and they help so much, including making me spend some time outdoors. But sometimes they bark, and I get irritable, not always, but when I get mad at them, then I start feeling ashamed and upset with myself even though I never yell at them, I just hate that they could ever make me mad. I just found out I have a mood disorder and I just can't deal sometimes.

    • CatherineDerry

      228d

      Definitely! I have two adult cats (one which recently had three kittens). My oldest cat, Onyx, definitely knows when I am struggling with one or more of my diagnoses. She's old and knows me all too well. My younger one, Angel, is an idiot, but super loving and hilarious, and great at making me laugh.

    • deathlost

      229d

      Sometimes. I have an old man cat and he drives me nuts but other days I feel loving of him. So I would miss him if he passed away.

    • Beckboop

      230d

      Absolutely, having something to look after provides structure to every day and keeps me healthy and happy. Also makes me good memories that aren’t always physically demanding

    • Ishimiagi

      242d

      Absolutely! Wouldn't be able to cope without them.

    • Abi81

      242d

      100%

    • Chronicallyenby

      242d

      Yes. Both my pups

    • Alex1325

      242d

      Definitely. Hence why I have 6 cats

    • DroveOfDonkeys

      243d

      Yes and no Sometimes I feel worse as I am not as good to my person as someone who doesn't have a disbailty. Other times she is the reason I am alive and keep going

    • cogsquatparsnip

      243d

      100%. If I have a bad day dogs are always there and put a smile on my face

    • DragonflyHKD

      247d

      Forgot if I replied to this already. I adopt mice and rats (they're kept separate in different kinds of homes), and they've helped me immensely. With the right training, they can become very social and playful pretty quickly. They're happy to see me every single day and they help me feel less alone if I'm feeling down. My "medication station" is in the same room as my mouse's home and he's learned that mama is nearby when he hears my pill bottles rattling so as a reward for taking my meds, I get to pet and snuggle with him since he comes out of hiding every time he hears I'm around. It's so cute.

    • Alpha30

      248d

      Absolutely, my Buzzy Bear is an absolute dream ❤️

    • law26

      251d

      Yes! I would be lost without them, I reckon.

    • Noir

      255d

      Where would I be if my Chloe wasn't there 💕

    • idkanymore1

      255d

      I wouldnt be here anymore, but not just my furry child but my scaly one aswell

    • Mr_Raz_8159

      256d

      If it wasn't for my furbabies giving me purpose though this dark times I would prob just lay in bed and wither away.

    • Lizzy1989

      256d

      Yes. I love spending time with mimi

    • Irelan

      263d

      Heeelll yeah!

    • Student_girl

      265d

      Absolutely! My dog Otis is a service dog for medical alerts and mobility, but he also helps my emotional state immensely!

    • lovely05

      265d

      Yes

    • Junky

      268d

      My mother got me a kitten when quarantine first started and she's my world. She cuddles me and comforts me when I cry. I dont know what I would do without her.

    • LightShifter

      272d

      Yes, very much so.

    • SecondChance

      272d

      Yes

    • TarynDWeb

      273d

      Yes I think they do help

    • bluebutterflytroupe

      273d

      Jerry the cat like the ice cream Ben's and Jerry he is the sweetest cat I ever met

    • Aiya_the_ill

      281d

      Absolutely, my dog is the best😌

    • BipolarInWonderland

      281d

      I have 5 dogs. They love you so much & even on bad days they will make you happy. They are also great snuggle buddies.

      • Unicorn_Arist

        228d

        @BipolarInWonderland I love this. I also have 5 dogs and they are my world. I love the name too. I was just diagnosed as bipolar and one of my favorite movies is Alice in Wonderland. 😊

    • shays

      282d

      Yes I do

    • Elancaster99

      283d

      ❤️

    • Jessikitti

      283d

      Yes!! My kitties help me so much and make me thankful

    • peachybee

      284d

      Y E S

    • Phoenix.Afrodita

      285d

      Absolutely!! The connection, sense of belonging and support they can provide is immeasurable and unique. 🙏🏼🐾💖 And they’re truly unconditional: they’re there with us no matter what, and they can be our sole companions during times when building community with other humans is challenging. I’m so grateful for my Floofie family!! 🥰🐾💖

    • hmmmm

      288d

      absolutely! having pets that love me and enjoy my presence is a huge boost. my rats get super excited when i come home and they always want to say hi. and having to take care of them gives me a sense of purpose in my daily life. also watching my lizard eat and seeing the feeder insects have been making me see wonder in living things.

    • MaeSkye

      289d

      Most definitely! They are my salvation when it comes to life and people ❤️

    • IceCup291

      289d

      Yes, I love the comfort of cats :)

      • IceCup291

        289d

        @IceCup291 I say cats because i was terrified of dogs when i was younger (i think it was because i grew up with 2 cats). But as i got to age 13, i was still a bit scared but it was much better compared to when i was around 4-6. Now i am much better with dogs and planning on getting one in the future.

    • cogsquatparsnip

      289d

      Yes I will never live without a dog

    • Tracks

      292d

      I think that’s been proven already. I love to see dogs, when I’m in the hospital. 🤗

    • LaurElizabeth

      292d

      💯

    • MidlightTheNightFury

      292d

      Yes I have a wolf she is an emotional support wolf I also have a cat to she also helps

    • strangerface09

      292d

      Yes, even when they are annoying me. I wouldn't know what to do without them around.

    • IAng

      292d

      A good reason to keep going, and hopefully find more to live for

    • Lizzy1989

      292d

      Mimi is a calming dog

    • koalakat

      293d

      I did find comfort in them

    • pixxieface

      295d

      So very very much. I adore my kittys!

    • SunshineDIDSystem

      295d

      YES!!! VERY MUCH SO!!! I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITHOUT MY ANIMALS!

    • legdaybae

      295d

      YES!!! IDK WHAT ID DO WITHOUT MY EMOTIONAL SUPPORT CAT

    • Done

      299d

      My dog is my best friend she keeps me going even when I want to give up. She seems to know when I need extra cuddles, and when I am crying because life is so overwhelming she starts licking my face and bark's in a gentle way. I rescued her but Im starting to think she rescued me when she came into my life. Pets are amazing emotional support animals they're beautiful little souls who always love us no matter what we are going through

    • Ash.G

      300d

      I would like to have a service and therapy dog someday. So yeah, they help my mental health.

    • Polopez

      301d

      Absolutely, I have a Cocker Spaniel, she is so clever, she knows when I need her and when I need a cuddle. Also in 2016 I had an operation and the removed one of my brain tumor trough my nose. (Endoscopic endonasal surgery) after my op she is obsessed with my nose, she gives it a lick every chance she gets.

    • jamwje

      301d

      Yes l wish l could have one.

    • SueLaBear

      361d

      Absolutely. I have fur babies who depend on me. Focusing on them instead of myself helps a lot. I look forward to when I get off work and can plop down and bury my face in the fur of either my cat or dog. Whichever one is closest.

    • Biblio_sloth

      362d

      I can’t kill myself because of my chonky Prince. Oh days I don’t want to get out of bed, I have to because his Meowjesty needs his royal breakfast. If I don’t want to clean the house, I have to because Lord Chonkerton Fluffy Butt likes it clean. And if I curl up in pain or I cry, he’s right there to kiss the tears off my cheeks and heal my heart with his purr.

    • TOKSIK

      363d

      Always feel better when having cuddles with my cat Luna.

    • Cimmy

      374d

      Hell yes. Im a HUGE animal lover i feel happy and more like myself when im with animals. They make a HUGE difference in my life :)

    • LofiBeanie

      375d

      Absolutely. For me it's one of our cats, her name is Pebbles. She always lays next to me and comes to see what I'm up to, and I just find giving her cuddles and pats helps me feel less anxious and takes my mind off of things for a while. Sometimes she'll lay on me which helps lower heart rate and calm me down :]

    • FatHammie

      376d

      Omg yes yes yes. My bunny Peanut is my fluffy baby. I get on the floor and give him love and in return he takes away my worries. I really don't know what I would do without him. Xx

    • Jolenee

      380d

      100%! My horse, dogs, cats, and cattle drives improve my mood so much!

    • Katharina

      389d

      💯

    • janda

      390d

      🤗

    • CassieMay22

      390d

      Absolutely, my cat is the best and always seems to know when I need comfort

    • LaurElizabeth

      391d

      2 billion percent ! My best friends 🐾

    • spicysugar

      393d

      Yes! Especially my service dog lol super cool when he alerts to me to leave my house when I'm depressed (it was supposed to be to help me exit durring a flashback, but I think he figured out it helps me when I'm very depressed aswell lol dogs are too smart)

    • Curved_Monitor

      395d

      Hell yeah! I recently got a new pup called Lillie and she's a doggie with no back legs and helps keep my nervous system and pain at a low while we keep each other company

    • CynWecandothis

      398d

      Yes, my dog keeps my nervous system calm so my pain is less

    • lonelypotato13

      398d

      Yes! My dogs make me happy every day if even for a minute or two!

    • florals.and.fatigue

      405d

      Absolutely. I try to visit my closest cat cafe regularly to reduce my stress.

    • IndigoBro

      407d

      I swear my cat is a service cat but I guess the licenses don’t believe cats can perform service like dogs 🫤. He comes to sit on my chest before I know I’m going to panic. He stops me from pacing by doing figure eights around my legs when I’m going manic. He reaches out to touch my face when I’m down. He wants to make eye contact to check how I’m doing. He even meows at me and knocks down my meds bottle when I haven’t taken them yet. He’s very good at keeping time. Plus he only likes to eat when I’m eating too, and he’ll keep bugging me till I also make food before he eats, so that forces me to eat at least 2 meals a day. Not to mention that he likes to play with me. so I get a dose of mindfulness and joy. I feel like I won the lottery with this boy.

    • HocusFocus

      408d

      Esma is the happiest dog you'll ever meet. Toms of energy but can calm down when she can tell I'm not in the mood to play and I get cuddles

    • HocusFocus

      408d

      Definitely!!! My dog forces me to get out of bed at least three times a day and wake up before 3 pm to actually take care of her, otherwise on my days off I'd sit around and only watch tv or something. I'm forced to take care of her, so it helps me a lot. I love Esma and wouldn't trade her for anything. Plus I've been getting extra cuddles recently!!!!!!!!!

    • princessc

      408d

      Try being me I'm allergic to fur and my baby died

      • Bre19

        207d

        @princessc oh no so sorry

      • HocusFocus

        408d

        @princessc loosing someone like that sucks

      • HocusFocus

        408d

        @princessc that's depressing, sorry

    • Bambi1993

      408d

      My cats and lizard are a massive comfort tbh

    • LaurenRomero

      408d

      Yes very helpful they can tell when u don’t feel good

      • Bre19

        207d

        @LaurenRomero that's amazing

    • hydroepilepic21

      409d

      Somewhat

    • CrazyMeerkat

      409d

      Very helpful. I know cats are very sensitive and they have "healing skills". They calm me down.

      • Bre19

        207d

        @CrazyMeerkat so true

    • KatGPT

      409d

      Absolutely! Last summer I was able to get an emotional support animal in my college dorm room. I wanted a guinea pig for a long time, and I was able to get one as my ESA. He is a very helpful and loyal pig. He’s almost like a dog to me. He’s spoiled, and if I’m really struggling, he knows when something is up.

      • Bre19

        147d

        @KatGPT so glad to hear that!

    • clovers

      410d

      Yes, my kitten helps motivate me, and it's nice to have a cuddly animal around when you're not doing well

    • kateafranklin

      411d

      my guide dog is my rock. Love him

    • anotherlostsoul

      411d

      Yes and no. Yes because of course i love caring for a fur baby when he returns to me as a support animal. Makes it feel more than. Like they can understand you just cant speak. But no, because as ay young mother, i have no energy or time for a fur baby. Which could actually help tremendously when kids are too young to understand why you want a hug from them when they’re busy with theyre toys or own world, only in their time. It’s bittersweet

    • ItchyAndScratchy

      411d

      Yes! Unfortunately we can't have certified emotional support animals where I live, though.

    • AnxiousPotato02

      411d

      Yes, so much so my pit bull is a certified emotional support animal

    • willownyx

      414d

      yes yes yes!! love them so much and they help with any worries I end up having :)

    • qveenofthecastles

      414d

      1000%

      • Bre19

        150d

        @qveenofthecastles truth

    • CrazyMeerkat

      414d

      100 ℅

    • FatHammie

      414d

      Most definitely. Getting on the floor with my indoor bunny, he seems to take my worries away. They really are fantastic 🥰🥰

    • PercyKourage

      416d

      My dog Caleb is my service dog and without him I don't think I'd make it through the day to day

    • Skittles22

      416d

      I don't think I could cope without my cats. I have three of them, and they're all incredibly loving. My parents have a dog who also is super loving.

      • Bre19

        147d

        @Skittles22 that's amazing

    • curtain

      416d

      It was for me, but I would approach this solution with caution. Having an animal in my life is stressful. I have to make sure I can afford food, toys, and vet visits. I have to take her out right before school and have to come home to let her out before I can do anything else and still have to take her out every two or three hours when not working or sleeping. I have to bath her, train her, and give her attention. If it isn't a service animal, you have to pay extra for pet boarding or pet-friendly places if you need to travel. You may not want to travel now, but you may find new interests or need to travel for business. For me, the benefit of having someone to make me get up in the morning, give me unconditional love, and provide support when I'm not feeling well outweighs the negatives. However, some may feel more overwhelmed by this responsibility than it is worth or realize a few months in that they can't financially support another living thing and have to go through the emotionally draining process of rehoming. I think it's important to evaluate how this added responsibility would affect you BEFORE you make the leap.

      • HocusFocus

        408d

        @curtain yes but you can register then for only a hundred something bucks. That's what I did with Esma

    • poodlelover28

      416d

      Sometimes. Sometimes my dogs make me wanna pull my hair out but I still love them! When I'm sad they really show they care. My cats stress me out a lot less though lol. They're chill.

    • Marry_Me

      416d

      Yes

    • EliteLexy

      433d

      Always.

    • cat69

      434d

      Extremely so....however sometimes it is more than i can handle when depressed or sleep deprived...not brushing them enough etc ..and then i feel huilty..consider " easy pet/ breed"

    • Karrieanne73

      435d

      My esa dog Merida is my whole world and of it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t get up on the morning. She makes me have to think of someone outher than me and take care of her. She knows when I’m sick or when my anxiety is coming on or depressed. She will come lay with me or come lick me and let me know she is there and that it’s okay. She makes me laugh and she is just the love of my life. She is just like one of my own kids now that mine are all grown up

    • ClayBrooks

      435d

      My last dog died just as my mental health and disassociations she was helping me with them just by being near me... It got really really bad after she died...so bad that bad, ended up in hospital lots with many...injuries. Not to go into details but it was bad. She was a Jerman Shepherd, Labrador cross and she was amazing...her birthday is on 14th feb, 4 days away. It still hurts.. Anyway we got another dog last october, a pure bread jerman shepherd. He is amazing and crazy. I taught him some deep pressure therapy things and he helps when I start dissasotiatung. He somehow knows when its happening...sort of even though he is only 1 and 1/2. He has a habbit of when I'm spitaling into a disassociation he starts being more crazy and climbing all over me. He is 40kg aka 7stone and he also starts acting up by grabbing things he isn't supposed to and nipping me. It helps and often once I'm more in control he just sits with me. He helps lots.

    • faustmare

      435d

      Knowing that my sweet boys rely on me being healthy and functional really helps me find the motivation to keep going. Being a fur-parent helps me to improve and become the best, healthiest version of myself. I want to be the best parent I can be- for my kitties !!

    • Nannytequila

      453d

      Yes 🤗 I have a furbaby called Eva - a shiztzu cross chihuahua

    • Disneymum

      453d

      I got my cat after our previous fur baby was hit by a car once people started going back to work during covid. I was struggling with my mental health and fear covid was going to make my health worse, he is a house cat and make me smile every day however he only play fights me in our house otherwise a very gentle cat. I have EDS my hands are so scarred from him biting when playing with him. He got me through a dark time and is such a mummy's boy. I think pets know alot even though they can't speak. X

    • Beetlejuul

      453d

      I got an esa letter for my Guinea pig to live on campus with me cuz she helps so much. Not even holding her, watching her makes me happier and chartering to her needs. I recently bought her a bigger cage and I can’t wait to watch her zoom around it

      • Beetlejuul

        453d

        @Beetlejuul Catering*

    • FlutterbyButterfly

      453d

      It depends.. my cats can be little stinkers, and the can stress me out financially! But I love them regardless.

    • Brittanybrat

      453d

      Yes and no. I have an emotional support kitty and doggo. They are super comforting most of the time but I do have days where I just scream at them to get away from me because they are just too needy and I'm struggling to even care for myself. I try to recognize the good and bad days. And my babies are always supportive of their crazy mama.

    • zozo131

      454d

      My old dog (RIP) was my best friend for so long. He always knew when I was having a flare but his vet’s misdiagnosed him and he was only 7. It honestly broke me but because of my autism, I can’t ever show it because it takes me a while to process things. He was the absolute best honestly 😥

    • MarVell84

      454d

      Yes, my cat is amazing. She is trained as a emotional support animal

    • Deszy

      454d

      Yes I do unless they are “bad” or do something wrong then it stresses me or makes me angry

    • Betta

      454d

      Yes, if sad hug cat, get better.

    • CraftyMama

      454d

      Helpful but thanks to people abusing the ESA aspect of apartment living, I'm finding it increasingly difficult to get an ESA for my anxiety, ADHD, and hearing impairment. My pcp is all for supporting me in that but because I see a separate provider for mental health, her hands are tied and my mental health facility no longer does ESA acceptance letters due to liability issues they've had when people abuse the system trying to have aggressive pitbulls, great danes, huskies, or other loud, large, destructive, multiple animals in apartments. Or simply want dogs but won't clean up after them.

    • DrakellaEuphrates

      458d

      Absolutely! My dogs love me unconditionally and I need that in my life. They kiss my tears and make great warmers for a lap.

    • CharlieAlien

      458d

      Yes, unfortunately none of my pets are actually mine so I can't move out with them.

    • teiovex

      458d

      yes! my cat always knows when I need support

    • Pinkdreamer

      460d

      Absolutely. I don't think I'd be alive today without my pets. They are a constant source of comfort and companionship. ❤️

    • bretange

      461d

      Absolutely! Why do you think there are so many emotional support, therapy, and service animals? Just something about them is so great for the soul!💕

    • AstraDragon

      461d

      My cat is basically my child. My day and life revolve around my husband and our cat.

    • Katharina

      461d

      100%

    • EliteLexy

      461d

      Not "helpful" as much as "necessary" in my case

    • emmyhope

      461d

      Absolutely

    • justdoingmybest

      461d

      YES. I hate going back to college because at home we have so many pets :(

      • Bre19

        208d

        @justdoingmybest oh no

    • brenians13

      461d

      Depends on the pet, my dog is the right amount of energy to make me laugh and calm when I need cuddles. He's also really good at telling me what he needs when I may not be fully with it like different movements mean different things such as dinner or walks etc.

    • NurseyPA

      462d

      I'd be lost without my two German shepherds, they are my buddies

    • crazycatlady1

      462d

      Yes I think they do. They give you someone to talk to and get things of your chest. I wouldn't be here if I didn't have my cats. They have snuggled on my lap and sat by me as I have cried into their fur. They give you unconditional love ❤️

    • Brokenarrow22

      462d

      ❤️yes and no….most of the time yes but when accidents happen which they do and I understand that they just tend to happen when my day is off and struggle cuz of mental stuff the clean up can become upsetting only cuz as I clean I blame myself for this happening

    • Squire

      462d

      My three cats, two girls & one boy are my companions, especially when my mental health isn't good.

    • Alpha30

      462d

      Sometimes, it depends what mood my bears in 😂

    • Milburn

      462d

      Absolutely. I’d be lost without mine

    • EliteLexy

      462d

      YES 💕

    • Pain_Warrior89

      462d

      Yes, I don't think I'd be here without my dog. Knowing it's just me and her. She's very cuddly trys to lick away tears, sleeps next to me.keeps my going

    • Del97

      462d

      One of the only reasons I’m here

    • SEVIN

      467d

      Yes, my dog is the one presence in my life who can look at me and make me feel actually loved. Taking care of him helps me take care of myself.

    • BbyBunnny

      468d

      Very much so, my bird's very cute and her chatter melts my heart. Even her chewing things can distract me well enough.

    • spitebun

      469d

      Yes. My emotional support bunny is the only thing keeping me going right now

    • TabbysMom

      469d

      In all honesty, if it were not for my furkids, I would not still be here. They're all rescues but I am unsure of just who rescued who. ☺

    • unicorn

      469d

      Absolutely. I got my dog almost exactly a year ago when I was really struggling with my mental health while in school. Having a dog while you’re still a college student can be difficult, but she’s been so helpful for me and it’s been so rewarding to watch her learn, gain confidence and trust, and start showing more of her personality.

    • Rollergirl

      469d

      💯% I finally got a dog last year (I’ve always wanted a pug, but I’m allergic to dogs☹️ I finally decided if not now, when? So, I rescued him and he’s the best thing that has ever happened to me!) Sometimes he’s the only reason that I get out of bed-especially for the past few months. I’m always in so much pain and with the cold, dark winter; I’ve become so very depressed- I haven’t felt this bad in a really long time. I doubled my dose of Cymbalta today. I’ve been talking to my doctor about doing this for several months and I’ve tried but the side effects suck. Sorry always end up going back down to 30 mg. I’m praying that this will help my pain, anxiety and my depression 🙏

    • Loblolly

      469d

      I have 3 cats and 3 dogs and I can fully say that they are the most helpful thing for my mental health.

    • Mr._Dank

      469d

      Cats do. The dog I live with can help sometimes, but a lot of the time she makes me way more anxious.

      • Bre19

        172d

        @Mr._Dank cats are lovely

    • Ghost125

      470d

      Yesssssss

    • Stayskz

      470d

      Definitely. I have seizures and recently I've just had episodes of confusion and being generally disoriented. I lay next to or on my dogs side and just focus on her and breathing for about 10-15 mins, and then I can get focused again and she really helps.

    • E11iefant

      470d

      My service dog has been my rock through my chronic illness journey! She makes sure I get outside even when I just feel like laying in bed all day and she’s always there with unconditional love when I’m feeling down ❤️

    • Trudie_tootie

      470d

      I put my cat on ever crisis plan I have, so I would say yes.

      • Bre19

        242d

        @Trudie_tootie awww

    • Tracks

      470d

      My brother has a few of them, and I think they help him and I.

    • avian

      470d

      yes!! my cat is a great source of serotonin and he motivates me to get up every day, too. i need to make sure he gets food and water, after all, so i might as well make sure that i'm getting food and water too

    • bambipony

      470d

      Yes my dog was my rock. Unfortunately he passed away recently and I've felt lost ever since 😥

      • Bre19

        242d

        @bambipony awww

      • DrakellaEuphrates

        458d

        @bambipony I'm so sorry for your loss. I know that pain all too well. I hope someday you heal and maybe find another furbaby

    • qveenofthecastles

      470d

      Of course!!!

      • Bre19

        163d

        @qveenofthecastles agreed

    • nsiberian

      470d

      Pets were good for my mental health before ever had issues. Now these amazing precious souls are a necessity in my daily life. I used to be a vet tech, when I was able to work, I miss it alot. But now me and my current dog love the dog park, every one else's dog, most of the time lol and I have massive love for cats, purring is good for the soul

      • Bre19

        163d

        @nsiberian very true

    • shoe

      471d

      Yes 100%

    • charntelle

      471d

      Yes 💜

    • Sleepy_Mags

      471d

      Yes my dog Comet and I are always around each other. She makes me feel so much happier!! 💕

    • Len

      471d

      100% yes. My cat Vixen is amazing for my mental health. I've been very suicidal lately but he's pulled me through just by being him. I love him to pieces and don't know what I'd do without him

      • Bre19

        254d

        @Len that's amazing cats are amazing

      • DrakellaEuphrates

        458d

        @Len Im hear if you ever need a friend to talk to. I was very suicidal last year. It's a very dark scarry place.

    • chinchillafurgirl

      471d

      Absofuckinglutely they do

    • MinouBallerine

      472d

      All five of mine are the best healing therapy 🐾

      • Bre19

        254d

        @MinouBallerine that's amazing

    • J.ello

      472d

      To be honest I wouldnt be here if my cats werent here

    • xhunterjx

      472d

      100%

    • Frances92

      472d

      Considering I have 6 (2 Cats, 3 Guinea pigs, and Bearded Dragon), I would say absolutely, its gives me something to care for and they love me regardless.

      • Bre19

        254d

        @Frances92 awww

      • MinouBallerine

        472d

        @Frances92 totally!

    • SapleMyrup

      472d

      YES!! My cat Mocha is the sweetest baby and I feel instantly calmer when he’s around. Taking care of reptiles also gives me a good daily routine to get me out of bed. They’re so rewarding!

    • MagickalRebel

      472d

      Absolutely, this last year was rough I went from 3 animals to none. One dog died of cancer, one died of old age and my cat she disappeared all around the time I got my tubes tied and got out of an abusive relationship. It was absolutely heartbreaking and my health was impacted. 😥

    • gatoraid

      472d

      yesss, my cat, she's the best, such a jerk but she's also so sweet , she was the only constant in my life for a while. Love her

    • BeeMarrie

      473d

      Yeah my dog really helps calm me down and feel better

    • Ziggy_B

      473d

      Yes and no. If they're trained yes if not then nooo. I've had both while depressed and a trained pet can really help to get you in a better mood and offer some emotional support. My dog made me go outside every day and I could get fresh air. It also gave me routine to feed her. With the untrained pup, she was adorable but oh my goodness I was spiraling. I cried every day and it really reminded me why I don't want kids.

    • HelpfulInformation

      473d

      YES, YES, YES 👍I have cats and one specifically is my 'depression monitor & anxiety controler'. Before I even know I am getting to a point, she follows me and chatters instead of meowing until I sit down. She sits on my chest/shoulder puts her face on my cheek. I wish I could share a pic my husband took of us.🐈‍⬛️😻🐈

      • MinouBallerine

        472d

        @HelpfulInformation 🥰

    • mthebrave

      474d

      Maybe a service dog needs you! 😊 Honestly, I think it's worth giving it a go because they'd be there for the good and bad days.

      • ickyichthyosaur

        474d

        @mthebrave thank you. This is an ongoing discussion and I'm starting to think it might be worth it. I just don't want to get on the waiting list before someone with bigger needs

      • mthebrave

        474d

        @mthebrave @ickyichthyosaur

    • mthebrave

      474d

      ❤️❤️❤️ how wonderful pets are!

    • ickyichthyosaur

      474d

      Yes, to the point where my mom wants me to get a service dog. I'm not sure I need it enough to justify though

    • bubs34

      474d

      My pets run away from me so I guess not. 💀

    • Feral

      474d

      Definitely. When im anxious i just hold my cat and push my face into their fur. Breathing deeply into their chest makes me feel so much better

    • Keeby

      475d

      Yes I love to cuddle with my dog when I feel anxiety It always helps 🤗

    • Leafosaur

      475d

      Yes, but sometimes I get so fatigued or I burnout that I have to push myself to take proper care of them. This usually means a longer pain period or crash in the end :(

    • epiclepsy

      475d

      Yes <3 they force me out of bed on days when I'd otherwise ignore everything else, and that first chore is always the hardest to get started. Some days I'll even be good enough to ride the momentum of it and get other things done too.

    • haylo

      475d

      Yes! Two birds here and they help me out of bed every morning. They need food and water and it's my job. Helps make life a little easier when they need you in it.

    • Hm2meah7

      475d

      I really really really want a cat. Becuase I feel like having a pet would make me soooooo happy. Is there anyone from the UK who has a kitten I could adopt?

    • JustSmegs

      475d

      1000%

    • Dominemors

      475d

      Absolutely

      • Bre19

        187d

        @Dominemors so true

    • ChronicallyKC

      476d

      Absolutely! Sometimes when I come home I’m a poor mood I’ll take my dog out and immediately on those days she just happens to find a stick and will do the most joyous trot you’ve ever seen. She always lifts my spirits.

    • Rahja

      476d

      No, it had the opposite effect for me. I live in a poor family, that are lazy people, and neglectful towards animals. When I got my dog I had the means of caring for him and his two sisters, but I never got the support I needed to properly raise them (I can't drive and have to depend on others for transportation, so I couldn't just take the puppies to the vet on my own). Anyways since getting my dogs I have gotten into many arguments with my family about their poor behavior, seen countless other dogs in our yard get ill and die due to my family (father specifically), and the worst part of all is no matter what I did to help it never worked out. At this point I'd rather the dogs ran away or peacefully passed, so they no longer have to suffer. I'll never be able to look at dogs the same way after the trauma I've endured.

    • I.am.Lucy

      476d

      Yes. My dog is amazing for my mental health!

    • Aquarius_Mage

      476d

      YES!!!! Being around animals makes my life so much better. And then there's people...UGH

      • Bre19

        214d

        @Aquarius_Mage same

    • BruceWayne

      476d

      Definitely, my family dog is the best

    • AnxietyGirl79

      476d

      Yes, two of my best friends that kept me going got taken to the shelter by my father in law yesterday and now I don't know what to do, I'm so heartbroken, he is an evil man who hurts people on purpose

    • Nikki03

      476d

      Absolutely my dog helps me so much ❤️

    • moonlit_shiv

      477d

      Absolutely! My foster cat forces me to have a routine, as even if I don’t want to get out of bed, I have to get up in order to feed her breakfast. I can’t be out too late because she needs dinner. I’m never alone at home because she’s right there with me. Playing with her is a nice distraction, and petting her while she purrs happily is so therapeutic. Or dare I say, thera-paw-tic? Needless to say, fostering a cat has been awesome, I definitely recommend having a pet if you can handle the responsibility and financial costs! Plus, you’d be giving a nice home to a cute little furry baby too!

    • Bunny73

      479d

      Yes we have 4 dogs 2 are mine and my fiance's and the other 2 are my brother and sister in laws and they definitely help me when my anxiety spikes and when Im super depressed

    • Ash.G

      479d

      I would say yes they would improve my mental health I kind of would like to have a service emotional support dog at some point.

      • Bre19

        265d

        @Ash.G that's understandable

    • Picklelover21

      480d

      I used to have an ESA he was tremendously helpful. I think even if you just have a pet it’s helpful!!

    • AspiringArchitect

      480d

      Nope, I'd rather have only me to worry about 😂

    • hydroepilepic21

      480d

      Sometimes

    • oddie

      481d

      they do! they help me forget about my feelings and make me feel better

    • Cooper_Car_Girl

      481d

      They definitely do the job of easing stress and depression, he feels when I’m tense and comes and snuggles up close with me to make sure I’m ok and if I cry he doesn’t like it but he still makes sure I’m ok and tries to give me lots of kisses.

      • Bre19

        265d

        @Cooper_Car_Girl thats lovely

    • lainey1888

      481d

      My dog has saved my life ❤️

    • Hats

      481d

      Absolutely the unconditional love and cuddles my dog gives me is the best medicine, the lack of judgement animals have is amazing too!

    • Red914

      481d

      Yes. My dog and cats give me so much joy and a reason to get out of bed. And a reason to walk when it's not so cold out.

    • Arline

      481d

      I have 5 dogs plus 2 cats they help my depression but yes I love them my little babies ❤️❤️❤️

    • SecondChance

      481d

      Love all the fluffies

      • Bre19

        229d

        @SecondChance I 1000% agree

    • Kupkake96

      481d

      Absolutely!!

    • Storme25

      482d

      Definitely

    • Rayshealth

      482d

      Does anybody have any for contamination OCD? I’ve been wondering but my therapist says it wouldn’t be a good idea at the moment.

      • MyMelody0820

        410d

        @Rayshealth my pets over the years have all been good at like a sustained exposure therapy for me when it comes to contamination ocd

      • SleepyLizard

        410d

        @Rayshealth I have no experience with contamination OCD so do feel free to ignore my suggestion if it's irrelevant/stupid. I would maybe suggest an animal that's relatively clean and is a small animal that has its own enclosure? Maybe a reptile or amphibian.

    • Student_girl

      482d

      I’ve got a service dog (for physical issues), but he’s the best for mental health too

    • luce__

      482d

      Yes yes and yes! My babies get me through, i have 4 cats💕

      • Bre19

        229d

        @luce__ awww I love cats

    • YoursTrulyNavy

      483d

      Yes, my dog is partially-trained as an ESA, so I call her my therapy dog 😆 When I was extremely depressed last summer, her being downstairs was the only reason I would get out of bed most days. Although I live in a college dorm most of the year, I always look at photos and videos of her when I get sad or stressed out.

    • FS_cookielove

      483d

      Very much yes, mine is a ESA I love my baby

      • Bre19

        217d

        @FS_cookielove that's amazing

    • Amimae

      483d

      Yes. I have four birds and despite their loudness and bitey-ness, they're super cute and stress relievers.💕

    • Eren2273

      483d

      It depends on the day! My guinea pigs and dog are very comforting for me, but some days my motivation is so low and and I procrastinate so much that I'm anxious the entire day (disclaimer in case it sounds this way: I don't neglect my pets even on bad days)

    • sageblanl

      483d

      My dog is the only reason I'm still alive so yes 100% they are better than people

      • Bre19

        286d

        @sageblanl yesss so true

    • Nal

      483d

      Yess yess yess I love animals I have a love bird and he really lives up to that name, I love him so much his name is boobie,, nd he helps me a lot nd makes me happy he loves to snuggle nd he’s soo weird which makes me love him more

    • darkstarrynight

      483d

      My little bird 🐦 is the sweetest friend. She has helped me a lot, and (since I don't have any siblings), she keeps me company too.

      • Bre19

        272d

        @darkstarrynight awww

    • italianxpeaches

      484d

      My dogs definitely were!! I miss them. Hopefully soon I can have a new buddy. ❤️

      • Bre19

        272d

        @italianxpeaches so sorry for your loss

    • jelly_bean97

      484d

      100% I've got 4 dogs and 3 cats and they have brought me nothing but 1000% joy and support. They make bad days bearable.

      • Bre19

        272d

        @jelly_bean97 awwww

    • KatGPT

      485d

      Absolutely! In my college dorm room, I am able to have an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) and so I got a Guinea pig.

    • Mollyisme33

      485d

      Legit have 2 cats, 2 dogs, 2 bearded dragons and a snake, they are my will to live and have been for a long time:) I don't know what I'd do without them

    • Motley

      485d

      Everybody says dogs are great therapists, I have to say that is not true of my rude old mutt who hates cuddles and leaves if I'm crying but! She does get me to go for walks when I wouldn't otherwise and despite her rudeness I adore her and seeing her face makes me smile. Taking care of my tiny tank pets has been a blessing to me as well, they give me something to put effort into and they are so cute and charming and special.

    • Bre19

      486d

      Yes my puppy is very good at helping me clam down when I am having a anxiety attack she comes to where I am and starts to jump on me I think that's her trying to help my heart rate go down she licks me to distract me she also stays until she knows I'm better and will sit and just let me pet her

    • SuicideShrimp

      486d

      Yes but my doggy don’t like to spend all day with me when I require her fluff at all times 😭😭😂

      • Bre19

        272d

        @SuicideShrimp same

    • royalty

      486d

      Yes. I got a golden retriever to be a therapy pet. She's almost five now and she's saved my life multiple times.

    • EliteLexy

      486d

      Life savers for me. The souls I bond the closest to.

    • inertplanetary

      486d

      My baby boy (an Akita cross) is coming up to 12 now 💕 we've had him since he was 5 months old and he has matured into a lovely supportive friend 💕

      • Bre19

        214d

        @inertplanetary aww

    • SecondChance

      486d

      Do you like to breathe? What kind of silly question is this. 😅

    • floatingvibe

      486d

      some days i feel like if i didn’t have my dog i wouldn’t be here

    • Kittypop

      486d

      100% my rescue/adopted cat healed the hole in my heart after having to say goodbye to the cat I had had for 17 years last year 🥹💖

    • Mouse12144

      486d

      Yes and no, depending on the pet and depending on mine an their mood at the time

    • faerywyrm

      487d

      Absolutely. My dog is not just good for my anxiety, she helps keep me to a routine and fairly stable. Thanks be for dogs!

    • hydroepilepic21

      487d

      Sometimes

    • Stormcloud_Phantom

      487d

      Definitely. 100%. My cat is my comfort. He is the best for cuddles, and highly loveable and his purrs are so relaxing and calming for me. I love my cat, he is (jokingly) my child

      • Bre19

        282d

        @Stormcloud_Phantom awww

    • Chan

      487d

      👍

    • bellacourse

      487d

      Absolutely! I love being with my cats and dogs when I'm sad. They can sense it and cuddle with me to help me feel better.

    • Tress

      487d

      For me my dog does help me with my mental health.

    • DustyPines

      487d

      I have an assistance dog, and excluding the physical tasks she does for me, her presence and willingness to love and help me has improved my mental health beyond words. Truly a life changer ♥️

      • prince_peesh

        482d

        @DustyPines likewise! 🥰

    • QueenDreamer

      487d

      Yesss. I love my kitty so much. He can tell if I'm having a hard time

    • KayCeeBee

      487d

      Yes and no. Seeing my sweep pup and spending time with her is wonderful, but I also worry about her so much. We have taken her to the emergency vet four times already and we haven’t even had her for a year. She also has anxiety and has been prescribed medication.

    • ThunderBeetle

      487d

      My dog helps my anxiety so much!

    • asc

      487d

      I cat helps me distress

    • asc

      487d

      👍

    • Anna_Karina

      487d

      Yes

    • pinky3

      487d

      Omg! Definitely! I love petting my cats and spending time with them and just looking at them. I love when they purr. 😻😻😻

    • Cessel

      487d

      100% ❤️🙏

    • Joliz

      487d

      Yes, my cat is very comforting, has the loudest purr, and will pat my face when he’s especially delighted by my stroking his face

    • tigerbear

      487d

      I semi-jokingly call my cat my therapy cat! He's the most affectionate cat I've ever known and he loved to be cuddled. I find his purrs really calming when I'm stressed and his company helps me feel less isolated ❤️ No doubt he's good for my mental health.

      • Bre19

        186d

        @tigerbear aww

      • pinky3

        487d

        @tigerbear I have three cats and one of them is always around me all the time. He is the most lovable of all. He always cuddles with me when I sit on the couch or lay with me and cuddle. He is so loving as well! 😻

    • yumzy199725

      487d

      Definitely help love having my beautiful cat coco around cant sleep properly unless Shes near me aw and the feeling definitely mutual she always sleeping on my head 😴😂😅

    • TabbysMom

      487d

      Most definitely! They keep me alive.

    • Tay007

      487d

      Yes

    • MaFer

      487d

      Definitely, they are pure joy and love and we need that aaaall the time

      19

      • Bre19

        186d

        @MaFer samee

      • Miles.For.The.Win

        230d

        @MaFer I agree. Without my pup, I'd have given up this week. She's as you said, pure joy.

      • BigHarry

        272d

        @MaFer I agree

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