This is what I need to know:
What all kinds of anxiety disorders have in common is that the mental health system of the person in question classifies any (usually non-anxiety-inducing) situation as very threatening to life-threatening. The stress can be enormous.
So the psychic system can react with the feeling of massive anxiety. The person is then hardly or no longer able to make a realistic assessment of the situation/irritation and to react appropriately. In the moment of fear, an individually stored survival pattern takes over and decides how the human being reacts.
This survival pattern prevents all resources and, so to speak, blocks the path of a “right” reaction. Anyone who suddenly experiences himself separated from confidence, trust, courage, security and security, courage, humor or other, creative solution strategies is now helplessly exposed to the survival principle of “flight – fight – fright”.
What can I do?
It can sometimes take a long time until the fears with medication and/or therapy are so under control that a more or less “normal” everyday life becomes possible again.
How can my animal support me?
If you are lucky enough – to feel safe with your animal and with your animal – to know that you are safe and protected, you can use this fact and strengthen it to master anxiety – or panic-inducing situations better and better and to become strong again, etc. …
The animal is unconditionally there for man – it does not evaluate and is happy when you deal with it, provides it and gives it all its attention. Humans and animals are closely linked by a long common history. Especially in difficult times, people benefit from this bond. Distraction, enjoying moments of relaxation, learning to feel real affection and so much more – the animal has a lot of good in store!