Healthline spoke with Matt Z., 31, of Long Beach, California who has been living with his dog and ESA Maximus for four years.
Matt has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, but also lives with depression and social anxiety.
“He’s really worked wonders,” said Matt of his white Shi-Poo, which he’s owned since he was a puppy.
Matt will often do counting or breathing exercises when he’s feeling stressed and says that petting Maximus, “helps slow me down.”
“The question that arises is whether the impact of this animal for this person goes above and beyond those of generally having a pet,” said Warner-Cohen.