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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Farm Animals Help Alleviate Mental Illness

It's not just cats and dogs! The study was released in April 2008, but I think it is still worth noting.

A new study, published online in Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, suggests that animal assisted therapy for people with mental disorders can be effective with farm animals...

The study was carried out with 90 patients with a variety of mental disorders: schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and personality disorders. After six months of animal assisted therapy with farm animals, all patients reported significantly increased coping skills.

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