Anxiety Disorder

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

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