|Barked: Tue Jul 17, '12 1:43pm PST |
|Hello, I am very new to this page I just have a few questions for all of you "In the Know"
I have been in 7 car accidents and have been struggling with nightmares, severe flashbacks, anxiety, trouble driving, trouble focusing, and controlling my nerves in public from my first accident when I was 8 years old to my most recent one when I was 20. I adopted my dog Athena from the pound last year, I thought I was just adopting a beautiful dog, then I discovered she was waking me up from nightmares and laying her head on my chest calming my heart down, she paws, licks, whines at me(anything to pull me out)when I am going through a flash back, she pulls at my arm when I get tense and shaky while driving, and when in public she is touching me at all times causing a calming sensation so I no longer drift off. I talked to my doctor about it and she thinks service dogs are a joke, so I can't a prescription for her officially. I don't know what to do, I don't want to take medication and I don't have the money to go to a therapist all the time. Is it so bad that I found something that works, That helps me through what I have been going through most of my life?
I don't have any support from people in my life about this so I turn to the community who seems to know I thank you in advanced for any information you can share with me.
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