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5 Ways Service Dogs Can Help People Living With Bipolar Disorder

Can those with psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder benefit from interaction with animals? For most people the answer is a resounding “YES!” There are an increasing number of dogs being trained to assist individuals with a range of disabilities. 

It has been noted through many types of studies that service dogs have a positive impact on an individuals' health, psychological well-being, social interactions, performance of activities and participation in various life roles at home and in the community. 

Rescued by a Dog

I own a psychiatric service dog. He’s similar to a dog that would assist a blind person, but he’s trained differently. He’s not a therapy or emotional assistance dog, he’s a certified service dog and is allowed anywhere that a dog for the blind would be allowed to go. 

Let me tell you my story and then you can decide if a psychiatric service dog would be right for you. 

Animals in Mental Health Recovery

Alicia Smith, while living with Bipolar II, PTSD, Agoraphobia and Major Depression, taught over 85,000 people in person and 12,000 virtually.  Now medically retired, Alicia focuses her time on mental health advocacy, and various volunteer activities, to improve our country's mental health care.  People have asked her to present to groups and she has developed four interesting and unusual takes on recovery in mental health.