Service dogs ease veterans’ PTSD symptoms | News World

Veterans who have a service dogs experience significantly lower self-reported and clinician-rated post-traumatic stress disorder symptom severity, lower anxiety and depression, a higher quality of life, and fewer feelings of isolation.

A new study takes a step toward better understanding the relationship between veterans and service dogs. The finding could lead to life-changing improvements in health care for veterans.

The benefits of service dogs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are well documented in personal stories but there is a lack of empirical research on the use of the animals as a medical intervention.

One veteran’s personal story

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Gretchen Evans served in the United States Army for 27 years until a rocket blast in Afghanistan brought her career to an abrupt end in 2006. At just 46 years old, Evans was left with near-total hearing loss, a traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

After more than a year of rehabilitation, she…


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