What is Psychiatric Service Dog?

Category: Lifestyle Modifications


See also: Service Dog

A psychiatric service dog is a specific type of service dog trained to assist their handler with a psychiatric disability, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or schizophrenia. Although assistance dogs classically help with physical disabilities, there are a wide range of psychiatric issues that an assistance dog may be able to help with as well.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Anxious mood 6 4
Depressed mood 6 4
Feeling of hopeless and irremediable social/emotional isolation 5 4
Major depressive disorder 3 4
Post-traumatic stress disorder 3 3
Fear of public or open places (agoraphobia) 2 1

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Psychiatric Service Dog

Side effect Patients
Social tension 1


Based on patients currently using Psychiatric Service Dog

Dosage Patients
daily 5
as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Psychiatric Service Dog

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 1
See 1 patient who's stopped using Psychiatric Service Dog


Currently using Psychiatric Service Dog

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3

Stopped using Psychiatric Service Dog

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 7
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 3
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 0
Not specified 6
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Psychiatric Service Dog.