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Dog Saves Owner With Asperger’s Syndrome From Violent Meltdown
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Animals, Social Issues7 years ago

Dog Saves Owner With Asperger’s Syndrome From Violent Meltdown

A Tempe woman recorded a video of her dog interrupting her violent Asperger’s meltdown and posted it online. Arizona resident Danielle Jacobs, 24, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2013. She trained her 4-year-old Rottweiler Samson to stop her from self-harming, and he’s subsequently passed his CGC, CGCA, and PAT. Jacobs posted the video to raise awareness about her disorder.

“This is what having aspergers is like,” Jacobs writes on YouTube. “This is what’s considered a meltdown…I trained him to alert to depressive episodes and self harm not both but he alerted.” Elsewhere she recounts an analogy, “people with Asperger’s or autism are like a computer. There’s too much input not enough output – [you] lose power and crash.”

Asperger’s is an autism spectrum disorder according to the DSM-5. Sanson was adopted from the HALO animal rescue in Phoenix.

More info: YouTube (h/t: aplus)

Danielle Jacobs was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in 2013

She sometimes suffers anxiety and panic attacks like this one

Jacob’s dog Samson calmed her down during a violent meltdown that she caught on camera

Here’s the full video:

She got Samson from the HALO animal rescue in Phoenix and began training him immediately

Samson has passed his CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and CGCA (Canine Community) tests and PAT (Public Access Test)

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MrTree1779
Community Member
7 years ago

As a person WITH Asperger's, and with friends who HAVE Asperger's, to see an article labeled with the words "Asperger's", "violent" and "meltdown" is horrible, and puts the idea in people's heads that those of us with it are prone to either violence or meltdowns. Why not just say "Dog Therapeutically Stops Owner From Having Meltdown"? Why the loaded words? ...because it's click bait. And people who doesn't know much or anything about Asperger's Syndrome will click this thinking it as some form of Schizophrenia or Psychosis. Yeah...thanks. Thanks for posting something which puts into people's minds that those of us with A.S. might be prone to violence, or need an animal to keep us sane. Way to misinform the public. THAT is what I have a problem with. The article suggests that people with A.S. are mentally unstable freaks. Good job, Bullshit Panda.

SueWeatherby
Community Member
7 years ago

The "violent" part was simply grandstanding as so many news sources do to get the attention of the reading public. A horrible practice that does an injustice to so many people who are actually LIVING the situation. And I'd say the same thing happens to people with schizophrenia or psychosis. I'm sorry you had to face this this - especially when the article could have done some good by showing what a therapeutic dog can do for something other than a physical disability.

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EmilieBernot
Community Member
7 years ago

It's really great that Samson can help her like this. Pets can bring so much love and comfort sometimes.

PorSelinKittie
Community Member
7 years ago

i have an anxiety disorder..and let me tell you..it makes me do crazy shit sometimes...and that includes self harm

AnnaJei
Community Member
7 years ago

I have the same plus agoraphobia since 3 years. I tried many drugs and therapies but I really recommend you cognitive behavioural therapy. It works ! After 6 months attending I'm almost free of this shit, and I'm not taking drugs anymore.

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MrTree1779
Community Member
7 years ago

As a person WITH Asperger's, and with friends who HAVE Asperger's, to see an article labeled with the words "Asperger's", "violent" and "meltdown" is horrible, and puts the idea in people's heads that those of us with it are prone to either violence or meltdowns. Why not just say "Dog Therapeutically Stops Owner From Having Meltdown"? Why the loaded words? ...because it's click bait. And people who doesn't know much or anything about Asperger's Syndrome will click this thinking it as some form of Schizophrenia or Psychosis. Yeah...thanks. Thanks for posting something which puts into people's minds that those of us with A.S. might be prone to violence, or need an animal to keep us sane. Way to misinform the public. THAT is what I have a problem with. The article suggests that people with A.S. are mentally unstable freaks. Good job, Bullshit Panda.

SueWeatherby
Community Member
7 years ago

The "violent" part was simply grandstanding as so many news sources do to get the attention of the reading public. A horrible practice that does an injustice to so many people who are actually LIVING the situation. And I'd say the same thing happens to people with schizophrenia or psychosis. I'm sorry you had to face this this - especially when the article could have done some good by showing what a therapeutic dog can do for something other than a physical disability.

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EmilieBernot
Community Member
7 years ago

It's really great that Samson can help her like this. Pets can bring so much love and comfort sometimes.

PorSelinKittie
Community Member
7 years ago

i have an anxiety disorder..and let me tell you..it makes me do crazy shit sometimes...and that includes self harm

AnnaJei
Community Member
7 years ago

I have the same plus agoraphobia since 3 years. I tried many drugs and therapies but I really recommend you cognitive behavioural therapy. It works ! After 6 months attending I'm almost free of this shit, and I'm not taking drugs anymore.

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