What is PTSD?

Overview Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with … Continue reading What is PTSD?

What is Borderline Personality Disorder

Overview Borderline personality disorder is a mental health disorder that impacts the way you think and feel about yourself and others, causing problems functioning in everyday life. It includes self-image issues, difficulty managing emotions and behavior, and a pattern of unstable relationships. With borderline personality disorder, you have an intense fear of abandonment or instability, … Continue reading What is Borderline Personality Disorder

What is Bipolar Disorder?

Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts to mania or hypomania (less extreme than … Continue reading What is Bipolar Disorder?

Psychiatric Service Dog’s Tasks

Psychiatric Service Dogs assist handlers who have a mental illness or psychiatric disability. Psychiatric Service Dogs are often cross trained for other specialties, too. Provide Medication RemindersLay Across Handler to Provide Deep Pressure Therapy During Panic AttacksProvide Tactile Grounding Via Nuzzling or LickingApply Gentle Teeth Pressure to Forearm to Interrupt Dissociative EpisodeAlert Handler to Episodes … Continue reading Psychiatric Service Dog’s Tasks