A small army of professional emotional support animals are out in the world, determinedly getting on with their important work of improving people’s lives. These dogs, cats, pigs and rats serve their owners loyally and in myriad ways, offering companionship, comfort, connection, motivation and support. More and more people with mental health problems are joining the ESA revolution and getting themselves a new animal, or signing up their current pet as an official support pet with an emotional support animal letter.
There are advantages to acquiring emotional support pet status for your beast, both in terms of tenancy rights and air travel rights, so it’s well worth it. It’s also easy to do. All you need is an appropriate ESA letter from a mental health practitioner stating that you, as a patient, would benefit from having an ESA.
Many prospective ESA owners wonder, “Do I qualify for an emotional support animal?” Below, we discuss a few of the most common reasons for an emotional support animal to become part of a person’s life. Take a look at our experts’ list on how to qualify for an emotional support dog or other ESA animal.
Anxiety comes in all shapes and sizes. It is a debilitating emotional state that is linked to deeply rooted thought habits, belief systems, and difficult to control physical states that swirl around and around in the body. An ailment such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can leave a sufferer housebound and unable to live a productive and satisfying life. Somebody with GAD often finds it impossible to reach their potential in any area of life, because they are too crippled by fear and tension to push out into the world. If you suffer with chronic anxiety an emotional support animal can be a huge help. Mental health professionals will recommend an ESA for an anxiety sufferer, because the companionship the animal provides can be invaluable in easing the patient’s anxiety and helping them face their fears. An emotional pet is the perfect companion for someone with an anxiety disorder.
Depression is a deeply frustrating and painful condition, to say the very least. To a depressed patient, things seem irreparably broken. It seems impossible to figure the world out. ‘Winning’ in any area of life feels like something that only happens to other people, and so trying feels totally useless. Depressed people often feel that they are intrinsically useless, flawed and fundamentally ‘less than’. When you feel the hopelessly heavy weight of depression lying on top of you, pinning you down like a jiu-jitsu black belt, getting things done or building any life-momentum can be a Herculean task. An ESA can be a huge help to a depressed patient. The joy and enthusiasm that an energetic dog or pig brings to life each day can be highly infectious, and the depressed patient can share in this unbridled love of life. Positivity is in short supply for most depressed people and an ESA can inject this emotion into life. The support and encouragement of an ESA can be just what a depressed person needs to motivate them to start moving in the right direction and taking the steps necessary to finally crawl out from underneath their painful condition. Being depressed absolutely qualifies you for an emotional support animal letter.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder happens when a person has experienced or witnessed a deeply disturbing event. The condition is characterized by recurring flashbacks, nightmares and bouts of intense anxiety. PTSD can be very debilitating, and sufferers often struggle to cope with life. Mental health professionals will write an ESA letter for a person with PTSD as the support of an emotional pet can be extremely soothing, and can allow a patient to live a much more fulfilling and calm life than would otherwise be possible.
Attention Deficit Disorder
ADD sufferers have to cope with hyperactivity, excessive energy, impulsivity, and can often find it very difficult to concentrate on important tasks. This painful ailment qualifies a patient for an emotional support animal letter. The animal can be invaluable in calming and centering an ADD sufferer and can be the catalyst for a patient calming down and living life productively, with focused attention.
This particularly frustrating form of anxiety disorder can be very much improved with the support of a loyal, non-judgmental support pet. Erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, an inability to reach arousal or orgasm, or pain during sex can all be physical ways in which sexual anxiety manifests itself. The company of an ESA can be a great way to calm nerves, induce relaxation, and get a patient in the mood for some sweet lovin’.
Intellectual or learning disabilities
People with learning disabilities can sometimes feel ostracized, left out, or alone in the world. People with this condition can qualify for an emotional support animal letter, because an emotional pet can offer much-needed companionship, friendship, and support. This can make all the difference to a patient’s happiness and confidence.
If you’ve been asking yourself, “Do I qualify for an emotional support animal?”, we hope you’re no longer uncertain. Talk to your mental health practitioner about the reasons for an emotional support animal to become part of your life today.