Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that develops as a result of a traumatic experience and involves symptoms of vigilance (being extra alert and aware of surroundings), numbness (having difficulty feeling emotions), and re-experiencing (flashbacks and nightmares). Many military personnel returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been traumatized by their experiences, and some will go on to develop PTSD.
It’s no surprise that a therapy dog can help to soothe and draw out even the most isolated personality, help traumatized veterans overcome emotional numbness, and open the lines of communication which can aid in the healing process.
Canine Assisted Therapy, Inc.’s, therapy teams work with psychologists, social workers, and counselors, to provide support to veterans during group and individual counseling. The mere presence of C.A.T. therapy dogs is proving to be very beneficial in helping veterans cope with issues related to PTSD and other disorders. Therapy dogs also provide motivation and support for veterans in rehabilitation and medical facilities as well as those in skilled nursing care and hospice.
“I don’t know how we ever managed without the therapy dogs in our Anger Management group sessions!” ~ Stephen S., MSW
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive."
- Gilda Radner