Help with Depression
Along with medication and other treatments, those with mild to moderate depression feel better with Fido or felines. Reasons: Pets provide unconditional, and uncomplicated, love to improve self-esteem. They require attention and responsibility, which experts say can add positive focus, value and importance to the lives of the depressed, They invoke routine, and a daily schedule is another benefit to those with depression. And pets, of course, combat the isolation that often fuels depression.
Beyond just a mind-mending distraction, pets can actually promote feel-good hormones: Studies show that just petting a dog or cat boost levels serotonin and dopamine, two brain chemicals that some research suggests can cause or worsen depression when in short supply. If you don’t have depression, maybe you can thank your pet.