About a year ago, I was diagnosed with major depression and anxiety. (And as I've mentioned a long awhile ago, I was addicted to my computer which is why I don't use the internet as often anymore) I didn't even know I had it that bad and most of that was because I felt that way all the time so it was "normal" for me. Anywhom, apparently I've had it for years. Probably nearly 10 without knowing. I recently met a guy with a PSD (psychiatric service dog) for his PTSD and he recommended me to ask my doc about asking for a PSD. I told him that I don't really have what I considered a life-debilitating disability. But he told me to go and tell my doc how she helps me and warns me about impending internal panic attacks or when my heart starts racing from the build up. (which she does seem to pick up on when she's near me and that happens) As with my psychologist, she says my depression stems from my strict parents and their overbearing presence and them trying to push their values into me. So she wants me to get OUT of the house as much as possible. I don't do this because my dog is home and I can't bear staying away from her for long periods of time. (I have separation anxiety from her lol)
Yes, she makes me feel better. But I can function without her. I don't like to, but I can if I have to. But if anything, she's made me more unsocial-able. If she doesn't go, I don't go. I'll be invited on a trip out of state and I'll turn it down because she's my responsibility and I don't trust anyone else with her. There also another depressing thing about my dog & I but I think it would be too dark to mention here~
Anywho, this guy actually offered to help me train Jelly to be a service dog (his bud trains service dogs and he's been taught by him as well) since he realized how well trained she is. I'm going to go through with the training since there's always room to improve. (Plus, my confidence gets boosted when people are amazed at a well trained husky which helps a lot with my social anxiety and low self esteem!) Plus, it's free.
As much as I would LOVE to have her go with me everywhere so I can not feel insecure and secluded from the world, I don't know if my disability is severe enough to require a dog to help me through life. I have no clue how I would tell if it was bad, but to me, bad is like, giving up on life, or PTSD, or suicidal tendencies.
I understand service dogs for those with physical disabilities, but I'm unsure on mental disabilities dogs. I'm almost certain my psych would approve of her being my ESD, but I would think there would be more strict laws on needing a PSD. Again, everything feels normal to me, I have no sense if I'm depressed or anxious unless it got worse than usual in which I can actually tell/feel it.
Note: I would never claim I had an ESD/PSD without a doctor's note so I'm trying to go through the proper channels of research before I consider asking my psychiatrist. I know some people get upset when people say they have a service dog and it's unruly and poorly trained and blatantly obvious that it's not so I thought I'd put this note in.
How do you guys feel on ESD/PSD?