My Prescription has 4 legs

The first time I had an anxiety attack was a few months before I went to college. I hadn't danced in months (I'd quit the year before, one of the hardest times of my life). My dad hugged me and read Psalms to me and prayed with me until I could breathe again.

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The second time, I was at university. It was the third week of the second semester; I'd spent over 5 months at school. Being away from home was amazing and awesome. The introvert inside me was so happy. It came out of nowhere and I still don't know what caused it. I went to the on-campus nurse and they gave me a half a pill to calm me down. I don't know what pill it was. It was the first time I'd taken any kind of medicine besides pain killers like advil or motrin. I passed out for several hours and woke up with a clear head. It was like the clouds were gone.

There were several other times as well. Eventually I went to the doctor and started taking an anti-anxiety medicine. It is one of the lowest doses you can get and it's just enough to take the edge off.

Of course now that I'm dancing and working out again, that helps a lot too.

But sometimes the stress of life is just too much, and I break down again.

And you know what stops those attacks?

my cat.

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After having Ariel about 6 months.

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Ariel lays on my fiance.


Yeah. Seriously. She sits on my chest when I'm sad, she lays on my lap when I'm depressed, and she sits on my hip, back, or leg when I'm in pain. She knows when I'm tired or upset or hurting. She licks the tears off my face and rubs her nose on my chin and licks my hair line. In fact sometimes when I'm frustrated she comes and sits on my lap, and digs her claws into my jeans so I can't kick her off. She knows I need her.

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Ariel cuddles with me every night.


I don't know the science behind cats stopping panic attacks, but I know one thing: When I adopted my sweet cuddly lap kitty 3 years ago, I had no idea I was adopting a creature who would love me and care for me and bond with me, one who would sleep by my side EVERY night with the exception of one night a few weeks ago (someone downstairs was ill, and Ariel slept by her that night. She knew she was needed). She follows me around, grooms me (or tries to), and refuses to leave my side when I'm stressed.

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evening cuddles

Ariel regularly sits on my hips (which get swollen and sore)


If you or a loved one is suffering from social anxiety, panic attacks, depression, etc. I seriously suggest an animal (cat or dog; my mom has a poodle who is basically her Emotional Support Animal). They will change your life.

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Kaleb at the Catman2 shelter, cuddling a scared kitten
Harold, the founder of the shelter


Please consider supporting Catman2 cat shelter in Sylva NC. I adopted Ariel from that shelter, and Kaleb puts in an amazing amount of work to make those cats happy and comfortable.

The Catman2 cat house


It's a kill-free, Cage-free shelter where the cats get to roam around a wonderful cat-house with climbing trees, toys, and an outdoors porch and lots of windows. Not only that, it's a sanctuary for them... meaning if they don't get adopted, they're "safe for life." The shelter also has local students and retired folks come and volunteer to help with the animals.
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If you can't adopt from Catman2, please consider supporting them in honor of a loved one over this holiday season.


This post is not paid for or endorsed by Catman2 Inc, and is completely my own opinion. I promote them because I love and support what they do!

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