Comfort animals a growing need on college campuses

October 25, 2015
Across the nation, colleges receive requests from students looking for a specific type of roommate—the four-legged kind.
     Navigating college can be a stressful time for a majority of students but for some, the option of having a ‘comfort animal’ in their dorm can be an extra push towards academic success.
     Comfort animals, or emotional support animals, can serve as a therapeutic aid to individuals with a diagnosed mental health disorder like depression, anxiety and panic attacks; however, they are more commonly used to help combat the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a study by Frontiers in Psychology.
     More than 14 percent of college students have been diagnosed or treated for anxiety and 12 percent reported being diagnosed or treated for depression, according to a 2014 report by the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment.