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I have mental illness and it effects me as a dog owner. Could you please give me some advice?

I have mental illness and it effects me as a dog owner. Could you please give me some advice? Topic: Mental case support
June 21, 2019 / By Shaelyn
Question: I am a 15 year old male who has Asperger's Syndrome ( High Functioning Autism ). I have really bad breakdowns and it frightens my dog, but I never have them against her. I have therapy monthly, and it is only because my mother makes me go. I just want my dog to feel safe around me, because I would never hurt her or let anything happen to her. I am home schooled and live in the middle of nowhere, so I have no friends. She is my friend and companion. My dogs name is Lucy and she is a small 14 pound Border Terrier. She is around two and a half to three years old. She stayed at the animal shelter for two years and that to me is unbelievable. She is a true blessing from God and I thank him all the time for her. Even though I only trained her a small amount ( Potty training, sit and stay, obedience ) she is not spoiled at all. She had a rough life before and she is a very thankful dog. She is just so happy, but isn't hyper at all. Shes my little guardian angle. The main thing is, I am scared. Soon I may be sent to a mental hospital, and I don't think I can bring her. I have already just in case, wrote four pages of instructions to take care of her properly. My mother will be the one taking care of her. I also printed out instructions for the dog Heimlich maneuver and CPR. They probably don't know how, so this is just in case. Another thing is, I think they will spoil her. We have another dog, who they spoiled to death. My dog only eats dog food, and cannot handle people food or especially bones. I wrote this down, but I am scared they will not follow all my instructions. My mother is a good mother and dog owner, but she may have trouble understanding my dog is an actual dog. If she eats people food or a bone, it will give her bathroom problems. I never feed her people food, but just table scraps. I don't like to waste food, so this is how I know she cannot handle it. I am scared when I come back, she will be a different dog. That will tear me apart, because she is my buddy and last hope. My dog and I are ALWAYS together. I take her on a nice 20-30 min walk everyday or once every two days. She is always by my side and I am always by her side. Everyday I brush her hair and clean her teeth. Once a week I clean out her ears and once a month I give her a bath. Since I am no danger to myself or others, they can only legally hold me for four days. Thank you for all your help, I am just so scared. Will they follow all my rules? Will they spoil her? I also wrote on the instructions that she really loves time by herself or alone. I just can't leave her, and I think about running away with her. If you would like to see a photograph of her, here is the link. ( This is her at the Adoption Center ) Her original name was Nikki, but I changed it to Lucy. http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18529925?photo_view=1&rvp=1
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Onndrea Onndrea | 7 days ago
She's adorable:3 And I honestly think that your only hope is to ask your mom to respect your wishes, and do whatever you wrote in your instructions. Since she's your mom, she should follow what you say to do, because you are her son. Don't run away with her, you'd never be able to support the both of you. Maybe Lucy could come and visit sometimes? and since you'll only be gone for 4 days, Lucy should stay the same dog, and be really excited when you get home:P
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Onndrea Originally Answered: Is there a difference between Mental Disorder and Mental Illness?
Many times, the terms are used interchangeably. Mental disorder is a change in how you think or feel that interferes with your ability to navigate day to day life successfully. Major examples would be anxiety and depression. Mental illness often refers to schizophrenia or bipolar, but again, the terms are used interchangeably. Rather than being concerned with terminology, it's better to recognize the symptoms, and have them assessed and treated --whether it's an illness or a disorder. If you went to Yahoo or Google and searched mental disorders or mental illnesses, you would come up with so much information, you wouldn't know what to do with it. Or search DSM. It's the diagnostic statistical manual for mental disorders. The holy bible, so to speak, for mental health professionals. It's better to do that in my opinion, so you can actually cite your sources. Yahoo answers isn't the best place to research for a paper. Good luck!
Onndrea Originally Answered: Is there a difference between Mental Disorder and Mental Illness?
No there is no real difference between mental illness and mental disorder. and here are some mental illnesses. Bipolar Depression Anxiety Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) Schizophrenia sub types- Catatonic, paranoid, undifferentiated, residual, disorganized Fetal alcohol Spectrum disorder Autism Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (AD-HD) Attention deficit disorder (ADD) Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) There are only some but i hope that helps.

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Dogs only get scared of their owners if the owner hurts them or aims their anger at them, so she is not scared of you. What's more likely is that you're worried she's scared of you and she's picking up on that. It's hard to explain but imagine she's completely fine after one of your breakdowns and you tell her in a way that she can understand that she should be scared; that's how dogs pick up on our body language and emotions, so although she doesn't know what she's scared of, she thinks you're telling her she should be scared. It's actually quite common for mental hospitals to allow pets to be brought in. You can even legally register your dog as a companion dog depending on where you live because they're proven to help a lot of mental illnesses. In any case, four days will not give you a completely different dog. Border terriers are smart so she might greet you and then sulk with you for a while (she won't understand why you left, so most dogs tend to sulk when their owners leave). Also terriers can be snappy and know what they want so if your parents do try to overindulge her or ignore that she likes time by herself she will let them know. Hope this helps, and I'm sure everything will be fine
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Kerrie Kerrie
Animals, especially dogs can be very therapeutic for mental disorders. In fact they are used at the CAMH center in Toronto to help people with mental health and addiction. If i were you i would find a clinic that will educate you on this information, perhaps even Lucy. If you have to go to the hospital find someone who will take care of her for you, a Pet Hotel, or some one you can trust. A friend or family member obviously would be best, but i am sure there are lots of people on Craigslist with big hearts who would be happy to help you. Your dog will only love you the longer you are gone. Good Luck. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAbCyA2rbxM
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Kerrie Originally Answered: Possible mental illness?
Hello Trevor, It sounds like you are experiencing prolonged and unpleasant "trips". Marijuana can induce symptoms that are exactly like mental illness. This can be the effect of the drug itself, or it could be giving you a reaction. Even in extreme cases of drug induced psychosis, the psychosis eventually wears off in time. Drug induced psychosis is more common in people who have mental illness genetic in their families, or prior history of depression, anxiety or another mental disorders. Unfortunately there are cases were drug induced mental illness is permanent, and cannot be cured with any medication, besides time. But if you have been noticing it is getting better, that is good news. The trips you have been experiencing could be simply due to the drug, and perhaps you are experiencing an allergic reaction. Back in the day, I experimented with marijuana and it seemed to be fine at first. Over time, the more i used, the more terrible the trips became, my "psychotic" reactions became so scary and real that it stayed for weeks. I eventually said "no more". I am too sensitive to it. I do have a mental illness background. Drug induced psychosis only stayed with me for a month at most, but it was a lot worse than your symptoms, and wore off in time. But sadly, it effects me so much now, that even if I smell it, I have delusional episodes. Paranoia is normal, and extremely common for people who smoke weed. I suggest staying away from it so that you can rule it out. Another thing I wanted to mention is, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is caused by emotional trauma, can also become more pronounced when you are smoking weed. This is because weed gives you the same feel of disassociation. You mention once, that your mom abused you. Some of the symptoms you describe are similar to Disassociation. Disassociation is common for people who have been subjected to any type of trauma in their lives. Just some food for thought. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociatio... As a disclaimer, I am not a mental health professional and the best thing you can do is simply talk to your family doctor. Your family doctor can refer you to a counsellor, therapist, psychiatrist or psychologist. But to me, it sounds like it will wear off, and that maybe you should stop using drugs. Hope this helps. Take care, ♥ - Sabrina

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