Hi! My name is Alex Armbruster. If you're reading this, thank you for even clicking on the link, it means the world to me.
I've suffered from a litany of mental disorders for a long time. A Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Clinical Depression, Psychotic Symptoms, and PTSD. The former three are caused by serotonin imbalances and the like, while my PTSD is caused by an event from my childhood, in which I was forced to watch a friend attempt suicide in front of me. This event coupled with my already existing disorders can make daily life incredibly difficult for me, sometimes getting out of bed alone is a momentous occasion with the struggle it causes me. While I do take medication and go to therapy, I'm affected in ways that a psychiatric service dog could greatly help relieve and help me live a full and successful life.
Specifically, a psychiatric service dog would provide:
-Deep Pressure Therapy (for panic attacks or dissociative episodes)
-Disrupting Repetitive Behavior (OCD ticks or self-harmful behavior)
-Nudging/Getting Me Out of Bed (during depressive episodes)
-Grounding (during sensory overload)
I've already been paired with a lovely dog, a good boy named Drax, and I'm so excited to watch him complete his training, but as you can imagine, the training of a dog to be a service dog can be very costly. The dog has to have the right temperament, socialized well, capable of being in public spaces without being a distraction, and be well trained to do the tasks to help with my illnesses.
As a college student, my finances are rather limited, and the cost of a service dog would strain my already limited finances even more. I know not everyone reading this will be able to donate, but any help towards my goal is appreciated. If you can donate even a little or share this link with family and friends, it would help me so much towards reaching my goal and getting the care that I need.
Thank you so much!