Dogs and Cats
Dogs and cats are among the most popular pets used to help individuals with depression. They have been known to elevate mood by providing people with close companionship. Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSD) are specially trained to perform tasks that help people with major depression. They are distinguished from Emotional Support Dogs who are not trained for disorder-specific work. For example, a PSD can be trained to respond to an attempted suicide in his depressed owner by pushing a button on a special phone that notifies 911.