Those of us who have serious mental illnesses struggle against our own minds every day. In addition to medication and therapy, there are many ways to help fight symptoms.
A new study shows that having pets can greatly benefit people with mental illnesses. Our fur babies provide love and comfort when life gets rough.
One study participant who has two dogs and two cats said:
"When I'm feeling really low they are wonderful because they won't leave my side for two days. They just stay with me until I am ready to come out of it."
The study particpants were given a diagram with three circles. They were asked to write down the people and things that were most important to them.
The center circle was the most important, then the outer circles were less important. Sixty percent of participants put their pets in that inner circle.
Many of us end up losing friends and feeling alone. Having a pet can really combat that depression and loneliness. Enjoy your fur babies and feel better, everyone!