I was watching a very interesting show last night. It was about a woman that had anxiety that got so bad it turned into agoraphobia. After a while of being turned down as "having a disablity" she was finally approved to recieve benefits. She also got a "service monkey" . (You know, kind of like the dogs for blind people) With this monkey, her life was turned around and she was able to go places again. She never went anywhere without him, she said she couldn't even imagine it. But having him put her life back on track. She goes shopping, out to eat, to the movies, everything! I think that this was a great idea. The first time I fought anxiety, I was scared to go to sleep because I as obsessed with the thought that I was going to die in my sleep. My boyfriend at the time worked away a LOT and was gone most nights... sometimes for three or four days at a time. It was to the point that I would cry myself to sleep because I was so scared. I talked to my therapist about this and she suggested getting an animal to help me. It would calm my fears, make me feel like I wasn't alone... and of course wake me in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom... (which was my favorite part... because with my fear, I always told my boyfriend to wake me up if he woke up to go to the bathroom to make sure I was okay... and if he wasn't there I would set the alarm to go off every two hours, just so I knew I will still alive... crazy yes, but that is what anxiety does to us) So that is when I got my puppy Ranger... it changed my LIFE!!! Within two months my anxiety was gone completley.... Even now when I am feeling anxious I just give him a hug and he calms me. Or if I am feeling anxious and have to run an errand, (as long as I won't be in the store for more than about five minutes) I take him with me... It makes me feel so much better... To all you animal owners... I am sure you understand, and if you aren't an animal owner but you have ever considered it... it is a great anxiety reliever :)
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