I’ve been fighting very severe post traumatic stress disorder and anxiety due to neglect and abuse for most of my life. My condition is so bad that I cannot safely go outside alone, drive, or do many of the other daily life tasks people take for granted. A psychiatric service dog can give me freedom I could never hope for otherwise.
Some things it could do to improve my life:
* Assist me in coping with emotional overload by bringing me into the present.
* Provide a shield for me in crowded areas by creating a physical boundary.
* Extinguish flashbacks by bringing me into the present.
* Orient during panic/anxiety attack.
* Stand behind me to increase feelings of safety, reduce hyper-vigilance, and decrease the likelihood of me being startled by another person coming up from behind.
* Fetch medication in a crisis.
* Distinguish hallucinations from reality by greeting people who are actually present.
Hallo friends, this is for my partner Zu.
I spent the summer with him & kind of ended up serving as a stand-in for a service dog (I am not exaggerating or making this up; just ask him & he’ll tell you that, yeah, that’s kind of the function I was able to serve). I can’t do this right now, though! My university is halfway across the country which makes it a bit of a challenge to, y’know, go walking with him or stick with him in the supermarket or look out for him when he has to go to the doctor or WHENEVER. Yeah.
I know that if he has that helping hand — or, more aptly, that helping paw — then it’ll greatly improve his quality of life because he can be safe in actually doing things that most people consider “normal” tasks but that can still be incredibly daunting for him.
Soyeah. Help out if you can. At least share this around with other folks. Even if everyone just donates one dollar it’ll still add up way faster than you think it will.
This is still a thing. If every single one of you donated just one dollar it’d raise more than $300. So please, consider donating. It’s a good cause & I know a lot of you know Zu too. He’s a good guy.