Maria unfortunately experiences the bad side effects from medications and has found they do more harm than good. We have not been able to find an effective way to reduce her anxiety and depression. She has been begging for a service dog for the past 5 years. Some of the benefits of having a service dog might be:
lay across her body to provide Deep Pressure Therapy during panic attacks; providing Tactile Grounding via nuzzling or licking; providing a "reality check" when she wakes up in the night from a nightmare; stabilizing her routine, giving her a reason to get up in the morning; being a companion so she does not feel alone; and giving her something else to focus on when there are sensory stimulators.