In short, we don’t know whether animal contact is psychologically beneficial, and if it is, we have no idea how.
Here’s something you probably don’t see on most airplane flights: an emotional support duck in red shoes, walking down the aisle.
Two psychologists argue that while apes and monkeys can think about the minds of others, they lack one crucial ability that only humans have.
In a 2005 review of animal experimental models in neuropsychiatry, UK researchers stated clearly what others in the field have confirmed: “[M]odelling human mental disorders in experimental animals is fraught with difficulties.”
Many primate species form strong, long-lasting social bonds with particular individuals that resemble human friendship. These relationships are associated with higher reproductive success and even longer life.
Loss of certain brain cells might help explain onset of symptoms, scientists say.
The Department of Veterans Affairs won’t help pay for service dogs for PTSD, citing a lack of scientific evidence. But it’s launching a study to find out what effect specially trained service dogs can have on the lives of veterans with PTSD.
What can a dog’s spit tell us about human mental health? It turns out, quite a lot, one researcher reports.
Anxiety is clearest when it’s loud—and most dangerous when it’s quiet.
Can Pets Suffer From Mental Illness? Apparently They Can, Proving It’s Time To Stop Thinking About It As A “Weakness”
New evidence suggests that at least some animals can experience mental disorders like anxiety, depression, and even PTSD. These disorders can show themselves through symptoms that are similar to what humans with those conditions go through — picking at hair or feathers, refusing food, or having a panic attack.
Under an agreement between the U.S. Justice Department and the University of Nebraska at Kearney, UNK and possibly other schools must allow therapy dogs to live on campus if the animal is needed to help treat an individual’s disability – including mental health disorders.
Here are some ideas on how to take care of your pets while you deal with your mental health needs.
New research finds just the implication of aquatic life has an effect, but more sea creatures produce a greater impact.
How A Presidential Candidate and Others Helped a Veteran and His Combat Dog After Learning of Their PTSD Struggle
Matthew Bessler had just received a generous offer from a politician: The veteran could go to an expensive, well-regarded treatment program for post-traumatic stress and brain injury at no cost. But the former Army Ranger’s first question was about his dog: Can I bring Mike?
They flew home from Iraq together on a spring day in 2010 on a C-17 cargo plane, the dog in a metal kennel on the floor at the soldier’s feet. When they reached the United States, the soldier went home to his farm in Fountain, Colo., and the dog was transported to the Army’s military Read more
T. gondii is the most common parasite in developed nations, according to Schizophrenia Bulletin. The cat-carried parasite can infect any warm-blooded species, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 60 million people in the U.S. may have it.
Somewhere along the way, “rat” became the operative term for a double-crossing, backstabbing person who betrays their friends. But in reality, rats — the cheese-loving kind — won’t hesitate to help a fellow rat in dire straits.
With the outbreak now hitting 80 farms in 21 Minnesota counties, state and local health workers are turning their attention to another species: humans. They are making sure mental health assistance is available for farmers struggling under enormous stress and emotional turmoil due to the outbreak.