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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Pets

Addiction and PTSD – How Rabbits Can Help


Much has been written about how pets can be beneficial to health. Research has shown that people who share their lives with animals tend to live longer and healthier lives. Any pet can be beneficial but it seems that rabbits are particularly helpful for those who are battling against addiction and the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Why would that be?

Rabbits and Responsibility


Taking care of any pet brings with it a great sense of responsibility. This can provide a useful diversion from the troubles afflicting sufferers and will boost their self-esteem. In extreme cases an animal can literally provide a reason to get up in the morning and to carry on.


Rabbits and Unconditional Love


Animals give unconditional love and this is crucial for those suffering from poor self-esteem. Sufferers will often have difficulty in accepting that they are worthy of another person’s love and may even find that their friends and family have walked away from them. The love of an animal will begin the process of rebuilding confidence and sufferers will not fear being judged by their animal companions.


The Soothing Power of Soft Fur


Simply petting an animal can be very soothing. This calming effect is extremely crucial to addicts as they are most likely to relapse into their addictions when they are feeling stressed. All mental health issues will be exacerbated by stress and this is where rabbits are especially good animals to have around. They are soft to the touch, cute and cuddly and so are the ultimate stress relievers!


Rabbits are Quiet and Gentle


Unlike cats and dogs, rabbits will not suddenly run at people or jump dramatically onto their laps. Those with mental health issues do not have to be wary of such sudden movements or invasions into their personal space. In short, rabbits are not threatening in any way.


Rabbits do not need walking and so it is possible to simply sit and relax in their company without having to leave a safe haven. They don’t make loud noises either which is a real boon as noises like barking can be intimidating and stress inducing to some people.


All species of domestic animal can have a highly therapeutic effect on people. However, to address certain issues, some animals are a more suitable choice than others. It turns out that cute bunnies are fabulous for helping recovering addicts and sufferers of PTSD. These soft, affectionate and non-threatening pets are the perfect companions for these people and have been shown to significantly improve their chances of recovery.


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