Daily Mail - - Good Health -

a pet of any kind may help pa­tients with men­tal health prob­lems such as de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety, ac­cord­ing to a re­view of 17 re­search pa­pers pub­lished in the jour­nal BMC Psy­chi­a­try. Pets pro­vided a dis­trac­tion from the stress of men­tal ill­ness, of­fered a sense of pur­pose and en­cour­aged phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.

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