How can psychiatric service dog help those with DID.
To answer this question, please allow me to tell you my story. I have been dx'ed with DID for a long time and have at different times been on the road to being co-consonances. In 2007, I received my GED and was accepted into the Adult Honor Society. My goals at the time was to go to collage and spend more time with my son. But I was not able to due to the misconception of DID. During the years that fallowed, I lost all sense of safety as well as living under the weight of having my childhood trauma and current abuse used against me.
When I finely received my prescription for a service dog, it felt like I was at the end of my rope. I had been looking for a group to help me get a service dog but none was available in my state and I could not afford to get a trained one. So I went online and found out that I could train my own! That information was a life saver for me. After living all this time forced to endure abuse due to my DID. I finely was able to have a companion that could go every where with me and keep me safe from those within the community that known how to use my early childhood not only to hurt me without reciprocation and make me look like the guilty party because I could not protect my self.
Needless to say my service dog has been my life saver and my main positive influence. She accepts me no matter which alter is out and changes her task according to each alters ability and needs. I got sasha2 when she was 2 months old. She became the center of my life. With my prescription I was able to take her every where with me and start her training on the job. She learned to ride the public bus, go into stores, and therapy appointments with me.
In the last two years, that she has been with me. I have trained her in
1. The American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen
2. public access training
3. disability-related assistance training
The above task can be found in more detail at the below site.
Please feel free to ask any questions, I will be doing segments on the different issues surrounding having and training your own service dog.