When an individual endures a high amount of emotional trauma, they can become susceptible to developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). More than 7 million people suffer from PTSD every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Although there is no cure for the condition, experts are developing new ways for individuals to cope with PTSD.
Animal therapy is one method of treating PTSD symptoms that is growing in popularity. Delores Bougie is one example of an individual who is taking the time to train service dogs to help people with the condition, according to the North Carolina Sun-Journal. Her husband is a marine and currently serving at the Cherry Point air station in North Carolina. While he is away, Bougie has been volunteering with organizations dedicated to training dogs to cater to individuals with PTSD.
Dogs can be trained to do a number of tasks for their owners, ranging from turning on light switches to reminding them to take medication. Experts also say that the compassion that dogs have for their owners result in a calming effect in people with PTSD.
Currently, there is no cure for the condition, but medication can also help individuals manage the symptoms of PTSD. Rehabilitation facilities may also be able to aid those who have suffered extreme trauma.