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Study Examines if Service Animals Can Be Used to Treat PTSD

by Norris Injury Lawyers | May 12th, 2015

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that affects as many as one-third of soldiers who have served overseas. It also happens to be one of the leading conditions that can qualify former service members for veterans disability benefits.

The rate at which PTSD is being diagnosed in veterans has prompted researchers to look into new and innovative ways to treat the condition, including the use of service animals to help patients control their condition.

According to the Military Times, a team of researchers at Purdue University is working to determine if having a service dog on hand can help reduce the symptoms of PTSD under certain circumstances. The study will measure stress levels, medication levels and types, relationships, and quality of life of 50 veterans with service dogs and 50 without trained companions.

Those results will then be used to determine if service animals could be of benefit to former soldiers suffering from mental conditions like PTSD. Currently, only veterans with physical disabilities are eligible to receive a service animal.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the countless struggles many veterans face with their health on a daily basis, and our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are hopeful the findings from this particular study can be used to improve the care these individuals receive.