A surprising solution to post-traumatic stress disorder may be found in the comfort of dogs. A recent story in the Hampton Roads, Va. Daily Press quoted a Marine on the solace he has found in bonding with a pet.
“They can lick your hand and snap you back into reality, so you don’t have an outburst,” noted Sgt. Matthew Miller. “He doesn’t judge you. He’s always at your side, giving you whatever help you need,” he said about his German shepherd, Magnus.
VA Study, future benefits
The emotional support of dogs – particularly in frightening or trigger situations – highlights the aid pet ownership may provide for those living with PTSD, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Forbes recently reported that the studies on pet ownership and coping with PTSD are being undertaken with greater vigor, and future studies are currently in planning stages. READ MORE...