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Have depression. Would having a dog help?

I have bad depression and my family doctor has me on meds for it and have been trying to get him to write a note to let me have a companion dog and he keeps saying he doesn t se any need for it bit even with all the meds I m on I still have issues motivations my self to get out of my bed do you think one would help and if so how do I get a note for my landlord?
Asked On : Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I understand that you must be going through a tough time trying to deal with your depression. Now, most countries have specific protocols which determine the necessity of companion animals. Usually, companion animals are provided only when the person is having a significant disability due to the illness, and is unable to manage his / her activities of daily living without external help.

So, this decision is entirely upto your treating doctor. I would suggest that you try psychological / behavioural therapies for your motivation problems, in addition to your current anti-depressant medication.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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