ABC is running this story as a teaser for tonight’s Ashley Judd interview on the show Nightline:
Ashley Judd Keeps a ‘Psychological Support’ Dog to Help Deal With Her Depression
Depression is a complex and poorly understood condition. But the psychological support, as it is termed here, that people get from pets has long been well known. Some call it a “special bond” they have with their pet, others simply call it love. But a person need not be suffering from depression to have experienced the effect. In some cases, owners credit a pet for helping them through a difficult life experience (e.g. divorce, natural disaster) but often it’s an unspoken understanding on the part of the owner that pets simply make life better. It’s what keeps people from all walks of life coming back to animal shelters for a new pet when an old pet dies or when they want to expand the family. And it’s one of the main reasons, aside from every pet’s right to life, that putting healthy/treatable shelter pets into the dumpster is unacceptable in our society.