PTSD stands for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This problem is most associated with military veterans and the majority of people suffering from it have served in the armed forces, but it can affect anyone.
PTSD stems from a person being forced to face a situation larger than themselves, such as robbery, a car accident, a home invasion, death of a loved one, natural disasters, or working in any type of medical or emergency field. These situations don’t always lead to PTSD, but they can.
It is important to know that PTSD isn’t about what’s wrong with a person; it’s about what happened to a person. It’s not about being weak; it’s about living through a difficult situation. Around 7.8 percent of Americans in general will experience PTSD at some point in their lives. Around 29 percent of veterans treated at VA medical centers have a diagnosis of PTSD, and the real number is probably higher since many choose to hide the problem.
Is a PTSD Service Dog right for me?
Service dogs can be a great assistance to people with these types of problems. Dogs can pick up on cues a human might not notice and have an almost supernatural way of sensing when they are needed. It is important to match the right service dog with the right person. Some are trained to fetch things for a person with a physical disability. Some dogs are trained to provide physical support if their handler gets dizzy from strong medications.
PTSD service dogs are also taught to “cover and block” which means to stand between their human and approaching people. Personal space can be immensely important for someone suffering PTSD.
Many feel uncomfortable in crowds and experience a sense of danger. These persons might be able to trust a dog even if they don’t trust their own senses. Dogs normally perceive danger before people, and if the dog is relaxed, the danger might not be real.
Many organizations who train service dogs for people with PTSD rescue and train dogs from shelters. People come in all shapes and sizes, and the service dogs do too. A person who lost a limb might run into trouble with a breed with high grooming needs. Someone who is very tall and uncomfortable in crowds need a taller service dog than a smaller person. Someone who lives in an apartment with limited space might need a smaller dog.
Caring Support from Med Transport Center
Traveling and changes of environment can be unsettling for a person suffering PTSD, especially if the situation that triggered the disorder is traffic related. MED Transport Center will do everything we can to make the situation easier, and to keep the environment relaxed and comfortable.
Service dogs are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and must be given access to all places open to the public. MED Transport center naturally accommodates for service dogs. We are pet friendly, and welcome pets without certifications as well.