Depressed Dogs, Anxious Cats

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Dogs can suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. Sad dog Dogs can suffer from depression, anxiety and other mental health disorders. (Copyright: RazoomGame/Shutterstock)

Like humans, animals can become depressed and anxious and can suffer from OCD and PTSD. Laurel Braitman explores the topic of mental health, therapy, and recovery in the animal kingdom. Her new book Animal Madness: How Anxious Dogs, Compulsive Parrots, and Elephants in Recovery Help Us Understand Ourselves explains how and why animal minds go awry and the ways their disorders resemble our own.



Laurel Braitman

Comments [8]

ER from New York

Animals are very sensitive. We must start respecting this!!!!

Aug. 08 2014 12:53 AM
Donald J. Sepanek from Bayonne, NJ

What about hypnotherapy?

Aug. 07 2014 02:12 PM

the author was talking about ALL ANIMALS. So why is this headline only about cats & dogs? This is the reason why animals are tortured on factory farms, "science"labs,and horrific things most people never care to take a closer look. WNYC is guilty of not speaking out for animals that can never speak or write a book. I am asking WNYC to show what really goes on with your food and eg: Pig wrestling ? and much more.... here is just one example of thousands:
Rabbits, piglets and mice are being killed when heavily pregnant, injected with deadly bacteria and bled to death by food firms testing fashionable superfoods, it has emerged.

The experiments involve food giants including KitKat maker Nestle, Unilever - the owners of PG tips - Knorr, Hellmann’s and Yakult, the maker of probiotic drink.

Aug. 07 2014 01:10 PM
Amy from Brooklyn

Sometimes we are amused/mildly concerned about the enthusiasm our dog shows for her bully stick treats. She will sit there and chew on one for hours in such a focused state. We wonder if this is like "puppy crack." Fortunately she won't growl if we take it away.

Aug. 07 2014 12:52 PM
JFreely from NYC

Are mixed-breed dogs (and cats) less likely to have neurotic behaviors?

Aug. 07 2014 12:52 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Dave from Murray Hill, NJ -- that's because the segment began only a couple of minutes ago. It's streaming now.

Aug. 07 2014 12:45 PM
wayne johnson Ph.D. from Bk

We confine animals like elephants and tigers and force them into brutal routines in circuses. We put them in jails and call them zoos and aquaria. We torture them by the millions in university and private biomedical research facilities. That's what really drives them crazy.

Aug. 06 2014 08:27 PM
Dave from Murray Hill, NJ

I missed the show "Depressed Dogs, Anxious Cats" and want to hear it, but I can't find a link to the audio

Aug. 06 2014 06:10 PM

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