A service dog could be trained to alert me to when I am having my daily anxiety attacks or hearing voices and having paranoia and taking my focus away from the attack or voices and thus the dog ultimately soothing the symptoms. A dog could also be trained to provide deep pressure therapy when I am having attacks as well. A service dog could go to class with me alleviating anxiety and paranoia by alerting me to them allowing me to stay in class longer. A service dog would walk around campus with me allowing me to feel safe and assured that there are not people following me. A dog could sit outside of the shower and alert me to when people are coming so I could feel safe in the shower and know that people are not going to come harm me. A service dog would also sleep with me to alleviate the voices I hear at night and could also alert me to when I am having nightmares or in distress, thus calming me when I am having mania so I can sleep when this happens. A dog could remind me and encourage me to eat by having the same eating times as me. By having to walk the dog, getting exercise would alleviate my depression. A service dog could also decrease my habit of self-harm by providing love and support when I need it most. A dog would also help me to take my medication in the morning and at night which is something I struggle with but is so vital. Finally, studies show that the overall presence of an animal is beneficial to mood and mental health.
Any donation toward my cause could help me to regain my freedom and live a healthier brighter life and hopes of happier future!
- Bruce Farrow-Smith
- Daniel Moon
- Angelique Reagor
- Annie Senese
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