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Straight From the Shrink

Jenna Behrens is a licensed professional counselor who has been practicing in the mental health field for seven years. She owns Behrens Psychotherapy Services, LLC which has four office locations around the Milwaukee area. She works with children, adolescents, families, and adults on a wide array of issues including depression, anxiety, ADHD, childhood behavioral disorders, adjustment disorders, stress and parenting.

Can Our Pets Help Our Mental Health?

 If you have pets that you love dearly, you probably already know the answer to this question... YES! I can speak from experience. We have 3 dogs and, even though at times they can be really annoying and a lot of work, they brighten our lives in many, many ways. 

If has been proven that pets, especially those that are highly interactive such as dogs and cats, can help decrease depression and anxiety. This happens for many reasons. Pets give us unconditional love. That's hard to find as adults. They love us no matter what. Even if we are having a bad day. You might even notice that your pet can sense when you're feeling sad or mad and try to cheer you up by giving you kisses or extra snuggles. They are a constant companion. Pets, especially dogs, also help cure boredom which can be a major cause of both depression and anxiety. If you're bored and you have a dog, you can take them to the dog park or play fetch. And double bonus- If you choose to take your dog to the dog park, this is a great way to meet other people with similar interests. 

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