I was just introduced today to the idea of service dogs for psychiatric purposes. Anyone who has ever had a dog or cat as a pet knows that in itself, its healing. My family dog growing up always watched TV with me, stayed in my room to keep me company all through my formative years as a child until I was a teenager. But even more than just keeping us company -dogs can be trained to help those with psychiatric disabilities. Dogs can help people with Manic behavior, OCD, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, PTSD, etc. We think of service dogs as dogs that help the elderly or blind but they can help us in other ways too!