Animal-Assisted Therapy: A Way to Alleviate Anxiety and Depression?

Could animal-assisted therapy be a treatment option? More than just a companion, a pet uplifts spirits, consistently displays good cheer in our presence, and loves unconditionally. The sense of responsibility, attachment and affection, interactions without judgment, even the closeness and the act of filling a void: these are some ingredients for soothing anxiety, low self-esteem, or feelings of depression.

Such an approach proves useful for young children as well as adults or the elderly.

The following article discusses testimonials related to animal-assisted therapy in the context of treatments for depression, anxiety, and mental health.

Link to the Radio-Canada article and testimonials on animal-assisted therapy