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Stress And Anxiety Ruling Your Life? Try This Furry Solution!

Nov 16, 2007
You've seen the commercials for anti-depression medications all over television. Because these commercials are so rampant, I believe it is safe to say that depression is a fairly common illness that affects thousands of people each year. Of course, there are many causes for depression; a hormonal imbalance, stress, chronic illness, the loss of a loved one, or it may simply be due to a lack of friends or daily interaction with loved ones. Sometimes depression can rear its ugly head even when things seem to be going perfectly fine.

Though the primary cause of depression is greatly unknown, there are many remedies to fighting depression. Not all of these solutions or aides need to be medical prescriptions. Probably the first action is the admission of depression. From there, positive steps can be taken to ease the symptoms and heal a person emotionally and physically from the illness of depression.

A person suffering from depression has the tendency to latch on to dependency on the people around them. Without proper support, this dependency may just worsen the depression. Giving people who suffer from fits of depression and anxiety responsibility, like owning and caring for a pet allows them to anchor on their accomplishments as a pet owner. Cure through pet owning may seem slow yet the results are apparent and long lasting. A fantastic benefit for someone who is experiencing depression (whatever the cause) is owning a pet. Pets provide companionship, love, and innocent physical contact that help a person cope throughout many seasons of their life. Pets are always there for their owners, and they are able to give that special silent care that humans are sometimes unable to give.

Studies have shown that owning a pet relieves stress and anxiety. Petting a dog or stroking a cat helps lower a person's blood pressure and improves over-all cardiac health. Also, caring for a pet adds purpose and intention in a person's life. When owning a pet, a person feels needed, because they are needed. Their pet relies on their owner for food, exercise, love and care. Taking a dog out for a long, brisk walk in the morning and evening also helps ease stress, and the cool air almost always does a body good. It also gets a person who is dealing with depression out of the house to do something somewhat active, which will ultimately benefit their over-all mental, physical, and emotional health.

Pets just may be the perfect non-prescriptive anti-depressant for an unhappy person dealing with emotional gloominess. People need interaction daily; who says it needs to be human interaction? Pets, especially dogs, make wonderful companions. They love and care for their owners, they play and their energy is infectious; they are loyal and desire to see their friend happy just as happy as they are themselves.

The emotional, mental, and physical benefits of pets are many; however, considering adopting or purchasing a pet is a wonderful antidote for depressed persons. A pet will always be there for a person in need. Cats, and especially dogs, have an innate sense on how to perfectly comfort those who are sad or upset. The slogan "prescribe pets, not pills" can sound cheesy, but it just may ring true.
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