Wednesday, February 28, 2018 by Michelle Simmons
Do you have a dog, cat, or any pet? There is a rise in the recognition of the therapeutic benefits that pets can provide to mental health. A group of researchers from the University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, and University of Southampton assessed the role of companion animals in the lives of people living with a mental health condition.
The number of people with mental health problems continue to increase. In fact, approximately 450 million people currently suffer from mental or neurological disorders, with these conditions being one of the leading causes of ill health and disability globally. Although treatments are available, about two-thirds of people diagnosed with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional.
The research group conducted a systematic review of studies, which included a total of 17 research. They looked at the positive, negative, and neutral effects of owning a pet on people who live with a mental health condition.
In the review, they found that pets provide benefits to their owners through the intensity of relationship they have with their owners. The study review confirmed that pets provide emotional support to their owners, especially in times of crises. On the other hand, the negative features that go together with having a companion animal include the practical and emotional burdening of taking care of one, and the psychological effect when owners lose their pet.
The researchers concluded that their findings, which were published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, suggest that people with mental health conditions can benefit from having a pet because they provide emotional support and help them manage their condition.
Here are the many benefits of having a pet, according to various scientific studies.
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