Rules and Regulations About Emotional Support Animals

Combating mental illness is no easy task, and an emotional support animal (ESA) can help to blunt the symptoms through companionship and support. Unlike service animals, emotional support animals help individuals with psychological challenges, conditions, and disabilities. Understanding the rules and regulations regarding emotional support animals is an important part of owning an ESA. Knowledge is power! ESAs in the United States are governed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the ...

How to Travel with an Emotional Support Animal

  If you are one of the many people who suffer from a mental health disorder, traveling can be extremely stressful. If your disorder is prohibiting you from traveling, consider registering your dog or cat as an emotional support animal. Or if you don’t have a dog or a cat, now is a great time to consider getting one!   What is an emotional support animal? An emotional support animal provides support and comfort through companionship and affection to those who suffer from mental or emotiona...

Flying With Your Emotional Support Dog: Tips, Tools, and Takeaways

Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) provide therapeutic relief to sufferers of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, and many other mental and emotional health conditions. Fortunately, regulations require airlines to accommodate reasonable requests for ESAs to travel onboard with passengers. The tips, tools, and takeaways below will help prepare you for your flight with your ESA.   Unlike other service animals who are automatically allowed onboard commercial aircr...

How Carrie Fisher's Emotional Support Dog Gary Improved Her Quality of Life

Carrie Fisher was a champion of mental health advocacy, a role that will perhaps have a more lasting impact in the lives of her fans than her marvelous turn as everyone's favorite princess. In her years in the public spotlight, Fisher was incredibly open and brutally honest about her trials with bipolar disorder. Image credit: People Magazine Gary the Frenchie, A Spokesdog for Emotional Support Animals For four years, Gary was always by Carrie’s side. They went together everywhere – from t...

How Emotional Support Animals Help ADHD

  Image credit: Jamie Woods Some of the most commonly diagnosed emotional disorders are centered around attention and activity. Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects not only millions of children every year, but adults as well. The three core symptoms that are part of ADD and ADHD include: Difficulty maintaining focus Hyperactivity Impulsive behavior But the challenges that go along with ADHD are not limited to these three behaviors. The consequences of these d...

10 Things You Didn't Know About Emotional Support Animals

There are plenty of things you might not have realized about emotional support animals (ESAs), even if you’re familiar with the basics. These wonderful companions can bring a great deal of joy and relief to the lives of those who struggle with a wide variety of issues from ADHD to panic attacks. Here are ten things that you didn’t know about emotional support animals. 1 - A letter from a licensed therapist is needed Many people don’t realize that emotional support animals are part of a lice...

Social Phobia is Less Frightening with an Emotional Support Dog

Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, can make it impossible for an individual to live freely and fully. An emotional support dog can help those with social phobia learn to interact in the world more easily and with greater confidence.   What social phobia looks like There are so many ways that social anxiety disorder can manifest in life.  Some of these are physical reactions that occur uncontrollably in social situations. Physical symptoms make it challenging to interact in ...

Benefits of an Emotional Support Animal

There are a wide range of benefits for using an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) for people with a wide range of emotional challenges. Some of these benefits are surprising, and they include far more than mental health considerations even as emotional support is the primary purpose of these incredible animals.  Each of us is a whole package; physical, social, and psychological. These sides of our experience are intimately intertwined, with one side affecting the other in observable ways. What’s g...

The Basics You Should Know About Emotional Service Animals

Over the past few years, you may have noticed that more people are choosing to bring their animals along with them to various places such as the grocery store or even on an airplane. Unlike service animals who are animals trained to perform tasks for physically disabled people, emotional service animals (also known as emotional support animals or ESA’s) are those who have been prescribed to provide comfort and reduce negative symptoms of an emotional disability. If you are interested in making y...