A lot of American citizens are dealing with either an emotional or a mental disorder. Some of these disabilities are more “visible” than others and would obviously qualify for ownership of an emotional support animal. Others are less apparent; if you have such an “invisible” disorder, it may help you to know whether or not you’d be eligible for an ESA. Pet therapy has actually been around for a long time, and the benefits of owning a pet of some sort are well documented. An emotional support animal goes a few steps further, however. It doesn’t have to be trained in any specific way, but it must be able to do what it’s there for –support you emotionally. There are lots of different types of emotional support animals (and indeed some quite unusual species of ESA!). It’s important that you find the emotional support animal that best suits your needs and circumstances.
A few of the more common qualifying conditions for emotional support animals include post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, panic disorder, personality disorders, and social anxiety disorder. If you feel you may have one of these disorders, but have never actually been diagnosed as such, you could apply for an ESA letter online. You will undergo a simple, stress-free assessment with one of our medical experts, who will determine whether or not you’re eligible for an ESA.
Other common but less “obvious” qualifying conditions include anxiety, phobias, and mood disorders. Most people suffer from anxiety and stress at one time or another in their lives, but ongoing or unwarranted anxiety that you can’t control is classed as an emotional disorder. The right ESA can help you overcome or at least cope with your anxiety in most situations. In a survey, 74% of people asked said that they had noticed definite improvements in their mental health and wellbeing by having a pet as a companion.
Similarly, fears and phobias may not be apparent all the time, but if you have a very specific fear that actually prevents you from living a normal life, this could certainly be a reason for qualifying for an emotional support animal. For example, your fear may be of open spaces, but if you have an ESA dog by your side, you may feel calmer and more able to deal with various situations and conditions. A fear of flying is another fairly common phobia – and again, your ESA may be able to help you cope. Most airlines allow certain emotional support animals in the cabin, providing you have your legitimate ESA letter with you and you pre-book rather than just turn up at the gate with your pet!
Seasonal Affective Disorder is a less common condition, but it can also be a reason for qualifying for an emotional support animal. If you suffer from this disorder, it may mean you have low energy and you lose interest in certain activities you’d normally take part in, or you may simply lose interest in engaging with people. The benefit of having an emotional support animal in these conditions is that you have company if you don’t fancy going outside, and you have a creature to love and to pet. An ESA can certainly help keep your spirits up a little.
There are other disorders, both mental and emotional, that qualify for an emotional support animal. These are less obvious conditions, and if you or a loved one are suffering with one of these disabilities, it may be helpful for you to know that they are amongst the qualifying conditions. You may be surprised by how you, a family member or a friend can benefit from an ESA. These conditions include learning disorders, ADD, intellectual disabilities, motor skills disorders, and substance-related disorders. These are the sort of disabilities that are often recognized in childhood initially. If your child has been diagnosed with one of these or a similar disorder, you might want to look into whether or not they would qualify for an emotional support animal.
ESAs can be such a comfort for children. They’re a constant companion; someone to talk to; someone to give them unconditional love and someone to help them through their day. It’s quite possible, depending on the type of ESA, that your child could even take him or her to school. They would need a valid ESA letter for this, and to check it out with their teacher, of course, but it’s good to know that help could be at hand if your child is suffering.
These are just some of the more obvious and common disorders, and a few less common ones, that are regarded as qualifying conditions for emotional support animal ownership. If you think you or your child might meet the requirements, then simply register with us online for an assessment. If you qualify, you then only have to work out what would be the best emotional support animal for your needs and circumstances, and then hopefully you will be on your way to discovering the many benefits of having your very own ESA.