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Mental Health

A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ - John Steinbeck

Mental Health

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"Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body" - Cicero.

We live in a time when there is a pill to treat or “cure” almost any illness, especially mental illness. Antidepressant use has doubled in the last decade.

But at what cost? Many of these medicines have horrible side effects that may make your depression worse. Not to mention that they cause dependance, percipitate suicidal thoughts, or numb you into a zombie-like state.

And to further add insult to the 'neglected' world of mental health public funding has decreased considerably in the past decade. But, luckily, things are changing for the better. There are multiple private charities dedicated to turning it around.

By the way there is a new form of treatment that is completely safe and has no side effects. Well, maybe the occasional wet face. Around the world, dogs are now being used to help people cope with mental illness, plus there's the added benefit of exercise for both you and your pet.

Service dogs, for the blind and disabled are fairly common, however, therapy dogs are a new phenomenon. But it makes so much sense. It’s hard to be depressed when a dog is around.