Category Archives for "Mental Health"

Emotional Support Animals and the Human Animal Bond

Reading Time: 4 minutes Pet owners will be the first to tell you that having a pet is an amazing experience. You get to share your day-to-day with your adorable pooch. But there’s so much more to companion animals than the cuteness factor. Did you know the human animal bond does wonders for your physical and mental health? Being around animals is especially

Stepping Into the New Year with Your ESA

Reading Time: 4 minutes December is quickly coming to a close. With the New Year right around the corner, many people start making their resolutions for 2020. Others go see the ball drop, attend live music events, and play out their favorite end-of-year tradition. Whatever your plans are for midnight, they should involve your emotional support animal. This loving

Understanding the DSM 5 and Emotional Support Animals

Reading Time: 3 minutes Hundreds of psychiatrists have written this book on mental health disorders. Quite literally. It’s called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but you probably know it as DSM 5. Health professionals from all over the world use this manual. It contains guidelines for licensed mental health professionals about

How an ESA Can Help You Avoid a Lonely Christmas

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s always hard to beat the loneliness during the holidays if you’re spending them by yourself. Lots of people don’t have any friends or family nearby to spend these days with. Others just don’t feel close to their parents and relatives. But just because you’re alone, doesn’t mean you have to feel

How ESAs Help with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Reading Time: 4 minutes Almost half a million Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Women make up 75 % of this number. What is SAD and how can it be treated? Read on for more information about this mental health issue. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder aka SAD? Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) usually starts in late fall or early winter.

How You Can Make a Difference on Veterans Day 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you’ve never served in the military and don’t know anyone in active service, you may not know what Veterans Day is. This federal holiday honors all the men and women in the armed forces. It happens every year on November 11th. The history of Veterans Day is quite interesting and there’s plenty you can do to observe

Show Support on National Stress Awareness Day 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mental Health Awareness Day has come and gone, but there’s another date you should mark down on your calendar. National Stress Awareness Day is also important. This year, it will happen on November 6th. Take the time to reflect on how stress impacts your day-to-day life. Around 40% of American workers are overwhelmingly stressed.

Show Your Support on World Mental Health Day 2019

Reading Time: 3 minutes Mental health matters. It’s just as important as your physical health. Unfortunately, many people don’t meet with a therapist because of the stigma associated with it. World Mental Health Day is trying to get rid of that stigma. On October 10th, we raise awareness about the importance of mental well-being. Join us in encouraging

Can You Get a Service Dog for Depression?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Around four percent of the American population suffers from a severe mental health disability. For those who live with severe depression, living a normal life can be hard. They need a little help getting by in their day-to-day. One thing is for certain: they would greatly benefit from getting a service dog for depression. These animals

The 4 Best Dog Breeds for Women with Postpartum Depression

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt is estimated that 1 in 5 women will experience symptoms postpartum depression. Although having a child can seem like a joyful moment in one’s life, many women may fall victim to depression during this time. So, in this article, we will cover all you need to know about postpartum depression, and how an emotional support animal

A Useful Guide on How to Deal With Anxiety: From ESAs to More

Reading Time: 5 minutes Do you want to know how to deal with anxiety? Do you have anxiety? What is it exactly? What is the treatment protocol for anxiety? Read on to find the answers to all these questions and more! You might be surprised at how positive, fun and easy some of the solutions can be! What is Anxiety? The Anxiety Definition Anxiety can be defined

The 6 Best Dog Breeds for Cyclothymia

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe best dog breeds for cyclothymia can be great for improving the quality of life of their owners. Whether your pooch is super-trained or has a Master’s degree in cuddles, they can truly help you feel better. Depression in People: What is Cyclothymia? Cyclothymia or cyclothymic depression is a rare mood disorder that is relatively mild.

Best Dog Breeds for Borderline Personality Disorder

Reading Time: 4 minutes Thousands of people live with borderline personality disorder in the United States and in Canada. While handling this unstable emotional condition can be hard, having an animal by your side is proven to make your life better! Getting one of the best dog breeds for borderline personality disorder will increase your quality of life. So,

Best Dog Breeds for Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Reading Time: 5 minutesDisruptive mood dysregulation disorder is a mental health disorder that primarily affects children and adolescents. This is a relatively new condition to be diagnosed, meaning that there is still plenty more research needed when it comes to causes and treatments. While this may be the case, one promising way in which symptoms can be reduced

The Best Dog Breeds for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Reading Time: 4 minutesAround ten million Americans are said to suffer from seasonal affective disorder, with another 10% to 20% of the population experiencing this in a milder form. There are a few different treatment options available for seasonal depression, with one of the most enjoyable being an emotional support animal. The Winter Blues & Summer Depression:

Stranger Danger! The Best Dog Breeds for Social Anxiety Disorder!

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere’s a reason why dogs are usually said to be a man’s best friend. And dog owners who suffer from social anxiety disorder will tell you that it is true — dogs really are amazing! But do you know what the best dog breeds for social anxiety disorder are? These animals will be loyal, stand by your side even during your darkest

The Best Dog Breeds for Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

Reading Time: 5 minutesPanic attacks can be so frightening and isolating, but a dog can help you to get through this scary time surprisingly quickly. In terms of the best dog breeds for panic attacks, you have quite a few varied options. Whichever one you choose, you will definitely be so grateful to have your furry friend by your side whenever you experience

Psychiatric Service Dog vs Emotional Support Animal: What’s the Difference?

Reading Time: 5 minutesFor people with mental illnesses or psychiatric disabilities, animals can be a wonderful source of comfort and relief. But did you know that they can also be trained to perform specific tasks to help mitigate the illness or condition of their owners? Prepare to be wowed by the talented psychiatric service dog! Take CertaPet’s Free

What is Schizoaffective Disorder Bipolar Type, Depressive Type, and Overall?

Reading Time: 6 minutesIf you or your loved one is suffering from schizoaffective disorder, it can be difficult to understand what this means for the future. Hearing words like, schizophrenia, psychosis, combined with mania and depression can be overwhelming and scary. Breaking the diagnosis down and understanding what you can do to treat it will help you manage

Schizoid Personality Disorder: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Reading Time: 5 minutesSchizoid personality disorder (SZPD) is sub-classified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) V in the Cluster A grouping of personality disorders, along with schizotypal personality disorder and paranoid personality disorder. These personality disorders are classified together because they share a common characteristic