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What is PTSD and how can

a service dog help?

PTSD, or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, refers to a group of symptoms which are common after an individual has been through a life-threatening or similarly stressful event. Symptoms may include hyper vigilant behavior (which tends to cause problems with sleep, inability to relax and difficulty being around strangers or in crowds), difficulty with relating to others and maintaining relationships, and depression/anxiety/anger issues.

While PTSD can be the result of many factors, the treatment of military veterans with this condition tends to present some unique challenges. These individuals have been trained how to deal with imminent danger and have witnessed firsthand the fragility of life. They were trained in groups (units, etc.) that worked, lived and suffered together and someone was always there to watch their backs. After leaving the military, these veterans are suddenly placed into a society that is not equipped to deal with their unique problems. These people’s brains have been trained to see danger everywhere and this doesn’t stop when they get home. In addition, vets have lost the support and camaraderie of the military and left feeling completely alone and helpless. Depression and suicidal ideation are incredibly common and many of these veterans feel completely abandoned by the country they fought for.

 

 

Dr. Michael Merrell, MD

Board Member, Service Dogs for Veterans

PTSD Information Bank

What are the benefits of service dogs, emotional support dogs for Veterans?

A great video produced by the VA on the benefits of dogs for PTSD, MST, TBI, and emotional support.

How Can Service Dogs Help Individuals with TBI and PTSD?

A great video explaining some of the ways service dogs help to cope with PTSD and TBI, directly related to Veterans.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Overview

This is the PTSD overview page from the National Institute of Mental Health.  It has many facts and information including signs and symptoms, risk factors, treatments and therapies, and available studies.  An excellent resource.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Fact Sheet

This is a simple fact sheet on PTSD put together by the Sidran Institute of Traumatic Stress Education & Advocacy.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

This is the VA's Official page for the National Center for PTSD.  There is a lot of great information here.

Frequently Asked Questions about Service Animals and the ADA

This link covers the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  It is published by the ADA, so it is the most accurate representation of the law.  This guidance and provisions should be read in conjunction with the publication ADA Revised Requirements: Sevice Animals which is linked below this article.

ADA Revised Requirements: Service Animals

This is the official PDF publication of the Americans with Disabilities Act, produced by the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice published revised final regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for title II (State and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) on September 15, 2010, in the Federal Register. These requirements, or rules, clarify and refine issues that have arisen over the past 20 years and contain new, and updated, requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards).

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