Pets Improve Our Mental Health

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3The Benefits of Pets for People with Mental illnesses

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The meta-analysis of 17 articles showed evidence that pet ownership is beneficial for people with several mental illnesses. The researchers also collected anecdotal evidence from mentally-troubled pet owners who asserted that pets provide them with much comfort.

Moreover, people grappling with depression symptoms, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) reported that their pets grant them with a deep sense of ontological security, derived from the feeling of stability, continuity and meaning of life. Another study reinforced the findings of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and confirmed that having a pet reduces anxiety and is linked to a lower body mass index BMI.

That said, the review conducted by Dr. Helen Louise Brooks, from the University of Liverpool, UK, and published in BMC Psychiatry journal, managed to prove that pets benefit people with acute mental health problems

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