Danielle Jacobs, a woman with Asperger’s Syndrome, bravely shared the story of how her loyal service dog Samson gently intervened to keep her from harming herself during a depressive meltdown. Jacobs had spent a great deal of time training Samson to alert to different issues such as nightmares, anger, anxiety and flashbacks. Additionally, Samson assists Jacobs with laundry duties and retrieves the necessary items for the day.
This is what having Aspergers is like. Please no negative comments this really happened and it’s not easy to open myself and share what it’s like on a daily basis. This is what’s considered a meltdown. Yes Samson is alerting. I trained him to alert to depressive episodes and self harm not both but he alerted. It appears the response is late but it’s actually supposed to be as I’m coming out of the meltdown as I tend to have a panic attack after.