Anyone who has ever even casually glanced in my direction knows that I’m obsessed with my dog Lucy. What many people don’t know, however, is that Lucy is my Emotional Support Animal. What is an Emotional Support Animal? Per the American Kennel Club website, an Emotional Support Animal (or ESA) is a pet whose presence is necessary, it is determined by a licensed mental health practitioner, for the mental health of a patient. Wikipedia states, “Any animal that provides support,
I have been thinking a lot lately about the intersection of anxiety and the demands of our advanced society, of the common ground between dis-ease and technology, and of the meeting point where excess, consumption, productivity, technology, and anxiety converge. In Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig writes, Human brains – in terms of cognition and emotion and consciousness – are essentially the same as they were at the time of Shakespeare or Jesus or Cleopatra or the Stone Age.