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Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2008;29(1):73-84. doi: 10.1080/01612840701748847.

Use of animal-assisted therapy in the rehabilitation of an assault victim with a concurrent mood disorder.

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Medical Psychiatry Service, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

Multidisciplinary mental health rehabilitation settings often encounter patients with complex comorbid medical and psychiatric issues that require integrative, multifaceted treatment strategies. Although medication and psychotherapy are typical treatment mainstays, a broader variety of therapeutic options are available, including animal-assisted therapy. Here we describe a patient who received animal-assisted therapy as a psychiatric rehabilitation tool to ameliorate his atypical depression following an assault and subsequent head injury. A review of the relevant literature highlights the therapeutic potential of animal-assisted therapy to restore and maintain patient independence and level of functioning, both of which are key treatment goals.

PMID:
18214780
DOI:
10.1080/01612840701748847
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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