Ad­vo­cate How an­i­mals help me cope

Wit­ness­ing pain helps heal mine

Animal Scene - - CONTENTS - by Rox­anne Li­ba­tique

Af­ter years of try­ing to fig­ure out what works for me, it never oc­curred to me that an­i­mals could help me cope with men­tal health prob­lems.

As some­one who has been deal­ing with them since 2007 and was di­ag­nosed with bipo­lar dis­or­der in 2012, I ad­mit that it’s hard for me to take care of my men­tal health and man­age my con­di­tion even with pro­fes­sional help. For years, I tried dif­fer­ent ways to cope with my con­di­tion — from un­healthy cop­ing meth­ods, which I def­i­nitely don’t rec­om­mend, to healthy ways that some­how im­proved my men­tal health.

I wasn’t fond of an­i­mals be­fore I be­came ve­gan be­cause I was afraid of most of them. De­spite my fear, I still feel com­pas­sion and mercy to­ward them so when I learned the truth about what re­ally hap­pens to them in the agriculture in­dus­try, I went ve­gan and opened up my heart to all an­i­mals.

It changed my life tremen­dously.

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