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Pet Theory

cutting from the autumn 2018 issue of the New Psychotherapist showing the Pet Story articleA study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research suggests that pets can help people who have previously been unresponsive to interventions.

Treatment resistant depression (TRD) has been recently identified as ‘depression that does not respond to two or more adequate trials of different medications or psychological therapies’.

The study found that 33 patients (who did not have pets) experienced dramatic improvements 12 weeks after choosing a cat or dog – and over a third no longer met the criteria for depression.

Therapy and anti-depressant medication continued during this time. Both men and women responded equally positively.


This story was first published in issue 69, autumn 2018 edition of the New Psychotherapist.