Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S have a mental disorder in at least one year of their lifetime. Treatment and management of mental health disorders such as depression, psychosis, schizophrenia, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder take various forms. Patients with mental health problems may get prescriptions for medication, psychotherapy, or both. Sometimes psychotherapy practitioners recommend the use of animals in managing mental health disorders. Therapists use many types of animals to provide emotional support animals (ESAs). The ESAs provide therapeutic companionship and affection to their owners. ESAs are different from service animals, which get specialized training that enable them to support a person with a disability.
Unlike a pet, owning an ESA is a unique thing, and you may need to go everywhere with your ESA. Some airlines and tenants