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Psychiatric Service Dogs Help Vets Fight PTSD

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Sometimes medicine doesn't have all the answers…

Luckily, man's best friend is here to help.

Post traumatic stress disorder affects a numerous amount of veterans when they return home.

For some of them, the war never ends, even when they're long gone from the battlefield.

But for one particular vet, Donna Bachler, her dog is helping her with her daily battles.

Bachler, who has gone through NUMEROUS sleep studies, including one where she slept for 90 minutes (waking up 207 times )in a six hour time frame, her trained psychiatric service dog, Grapefruit, for helps with those restless nights.

Bachler states:

The toll [PTSD] takes on your mind and body is incalculable. There comes a point when you simply pass out from exhaustion.

Grapefruit is my lifeline to the outside world. Some days I wouldn't be able to leave the house without him.

He's trained to be attuned to my stress level, helps create distance between us and people out in public, checks behind us, and simply helps calm me.

The powers of a faithful companion can be wonderous!

Still, Bachler believes that more needs to be done for soldiers and their families who struggle with PTSD. She believes that community outreach programs need to be the focus of Veteran Affairs and helping with warriors should be a higher concern.

We wholeheartedly agree!

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