Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Prince Edward Island
Pets and mental health
One of the major reasons I ended up getting a cat was to reduce my anxiety levels, which have always been very high. I suffer from general and social anxiety disorder, coupled with Bipolar II disorder. So basically, I can be very stressed out, anxious, depressed, and/or hypomanic depending on the 'season.' I have gone through some very dark times in my early twenties. Ever since I adopted Luna, I seem to have somewhat stabilized (for now). To be honest, I am actually not on my meds right now. I have not been since Christmas. I have them - in my drawer - if I ever need them (which I know I will). My major problem right now remains my social anxiety disorder. I am a hermit pretty much. I have no friends. But I find that having an animal around the house has helped a lot with my depression - which has been fairly chronic until recently. Does anyone else have pets for therapeutic reasons or find that they help out with their mental health?
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