What is an Anxiety Disorder?
There are many types of anxiety disorders that include panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. An anxiety disorder is a serious mental illness. For people with anxiety disorders, worry and fear are constant and overwhelming, and can be crippling.
How Can a Service Dog Assist with Anxiety Disorder Symptoms?
|Symptoms||Service Dog Task||Type of Task|
|Restlessness or distractibility||Tactile stimulation||Physical|
|Alert to rising anxiety||Work|
|Sleep disturbance||Keep handler in bed||Physical and/or work|
|Alert to intruders||Work|
|Anxiety||Guide handler to a safe place||Physical|
|Muscle tension||Initiate activity||Physical|
|Memory loss||Remind to take medication||Physical|
|Find keys or telephone||Physical|