According to a Psychiatrist, these are the best pets for your mental health.
There's no denying that pets are beneficial to your health. Pet owners are healthy all-around, psychologically included, from detecting out ailments to helping you emotionally.
In two videos, Dr. Judith Joseph, a New York-based psychiatrist and TikToker, discusses the greatest pets and how you might benefit from them depending on your mental health concerns.
Dr. Joseph suggests getting a dog for people who are depressed. She explains in the video, They read humans well, they're compassionate, and they compel you to get outside.
Cats are good for autism, she says, because they don't make as much eye contact and don't comprehend physical limits like humans do. Children with autism have also been shown to benefit from cat therapy.
She suggests riding a horse if you've experienced trauma. "By encouraging bonding and a sense of safety, they allow trust to be built and fears to be overcome," she explains.
She recommends fish for anxiety. Watching them swim through water reduces blood pressure and relaxes brain waves.
She added a part two, which covers bipolar disorder, ADHD, obsessive compulsive disorder, and dementia, due to the popularity of the first video.
She suggests a snake as a treatment for bipolar disorder, claiming that the snake's rhythmic motions on your arm may help to balance your moods.
Dr. Joseph recommends lizards for ADHD since they are self-sufficient and low-maintenance. Those who struggle with order and focus will not be overwhelmed by lizards.
Pets Have the Power to Change People's Minds
She uses birds to help with her OCD. She explains, They're kept in their surroundings, rarely pollute the residence, and create calming sounds.
Dr. Joseph recommends a turtle as a dementia-friendly pet for the elderly. Turtles were a popular pet in the 1960s. They're slower-paced and "may help stimulate memories, according to the researchers. While there have been no research on the impact of turtles on dementia, pet ownership has been associated to a reduction in dementia symptoms in general.
Good luck with your pet search!