According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), the global incidence of depression is about 11%, and there are about 340 million depression patients in the world. At present, depression has become the world's fourth most common disease, Depression will become the main killer of human in the 21st century. 15% of severe patients will choose to suicide to end their lives, two-thirds of patients have had suicidal thoughts, and the number of suicide deaths due to depression is estimated to be as high as 1 million each year.
Dogs can contribute to your happiness. Studies show that dogs reduce stress, anxiety and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and improve your all-around health.
How dogs can help with depression?
- Accept Love
People with depression fail to feel love and being loved. They close their hearts and they don’t want to socialize. Dog’s love is innocent and selfless. They can love you more than themselves. They can feel your emotions and are ready to comfort you at any time. They think you are the best person in the world, so you can set up your confidence again. You can always find hope in a dog’s eyes.
“We are not taking care of the dog, we are taking care of our heart”
One of our customer shared her story to us:
“I am a psychologist and was haunted by a major depression. I helped other people but I couldn’t cure myself.
I had a golden retriever long before I committed suicide, but he did not dispel my suicidal thoughts.
Later, I was rescued, and the first thing I thought about after waking up that my dog haven’t eaten yet.
No matter how sad I am, I still have to get up and feed him.
And he is always sick! Skin diseases, arthritis, conjunctivitis...
Gradually, my life is all about him. I can feel happy because of him.”
Sometimes, dog can be a trouble maker. From our perspective, we have to take care of them a lot. Some psychologists say that you build self-esteem by taking ownership and applying skills to a specific task.
A dog motivates you to get out the door for fresh air and exercise, even when it's the last thing you feel like doing.
Depression can make people feel weak, and gradually reduce the enthusiasm for doing things. Through exercise, patients with depression and anxiety can regain their sense of self-control, help patients rebuild their self-confidence, and improve symptoms of depression. And exercise can help divert attention, get rid of negative emotions, and make people feel happy.
In 2018, a new study found that the companionship of dogs can greatly reduce malignant depression that is ineffective in conventional treatments.
In the experiment, 33 patients with severe depression followed the doctor's advice to adopt a dog
After 12 weeks, they showed significant improvement in depressive symptoms and social function, and more than one-third of them no longer met the criteria for depression.
Dogs cannot cure your depression. But he/she will teach you love and responsibility, and make you understand that there is a creature in this world that loves you more than themselves.