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Old 06-03-2018, 02:15 PM #1
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I became overly attached to my dog after my husband died. It's gotten to the point where I become anxious to leave her alone. Dogs can sense emotions so it's an issue for both of us. Please - no laughing.
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Hello sofiegirl: I see this is your first post here on PC. So... welcome to PsychCentral! I hope you find the time you spend here to be of benefit.

My wife & I have a small dog (a poodle / schnauzer mix) we adopted from an animal rescue organization around 11 or 12 years ago. He is the light of our lives. So you won't accumulate any chuckles from me.

There is a forum, here on PC, dedicated to the discussion of pets. Here's a link:

https://forums.psychcentral.com/our-pets/

And then here are links to some articles, from PsychCentral's archives, on the subject of mental health & pets:

https://psychcentral.com/blog/scienc...mental-health/

https://psychcentral.com/blog/6-ways...ve-depression/

https://psychcentral.com/news/2016/1...ms/113682.html

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Hi Sofie, sorry you're hurting. Are you in therapy by any chance? Sounds like something you could work on there.
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Hey!
I can completely relate, other than the husband part. I became completely attached to both my dogs when my depression and anxiety just got to be too much. I have a crappy family and really no friends...

It got to the point where I HAD to go to therapy because I was literally having panic attacks about anything like leaving them alone for 10 min in a thunder storm or if one of them started coughing, I was convinced they were dying and I was losing my mind, I've cancelled so many plans over the years because they could not go along, and on my dream trip to London when they were not with me, I got so sick, I wanted to go home after just 3 days.

sadly one of them passed away this october, it has really left me so confused. I feel a huge piece of who I am is missing and I'm lost. I have the other dog still but he has become very clingy to me as well, so it's not very helpful.

Anyway, for me, therapy was a huge help. HUGE. I am better now, I can do all kinds of things and leave him behind, I worry about him still but not to the degree that I did. Also maybe going out and meeting some fellow dog people at parks or events etc might help. You could maybe get to a point where you could trust them to watch your dog if you go away or you could do dog events together and have fun with your dog.

I understand, I didn't laugh and I hope you can find a way to help deal with it, it's so mentally draining, I get it.
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