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Emotional Support Animal Qualification

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As the popularity of Emotional Support Animals (ESA) has increased immensely in recent years, so has the desire to attain the proper documentation that would grant many rights and freedoms to pet owners. Things like housing laws, airline policies, and public guidelines can keep you from bringing your companion along with you on many occasions, which can be a difficult pill to swallow for many people, especially those who are truly in need of an emotional support animal letter, but just may not have made an appointment to see their mental health professional.

However, despite the fact that most pet owners would likely love to have the documentation as a means of making their traveling or housing endeavors more fruitful, the fact of the matter is that you must first qualify for an ESA in order to get legitimate documentation that would grant these opportunities. Many online services may claim that you can get one with just one click, but the reality is that these fabricated documents hold no legitimacy in the eyes of the law.

In doing so, the qualification for an emotional support animal includes an array of psychological disorders that individuals may have and thus provides the mental health expert valid reasons to prescribe an ESA as a means of helping them deal with any issues. Here are just a few of the debilitations that will qualify you to attain an ESA letter:

What Qualifies for ESA Certification

Learning Disabilities

The learning disabilities of an individual can allow them to qualify for an emotional support animal if they require one. These conditions make it a challenge to acquire certain types of knowledge, or specific skillsets, that are expected of them at the age they are currently in. This is especially true for those who do not suffer from a specific physical handicap in their lives, and that their primary debilitation is that of their knowledge acquisition and ability to pick up on skill sets that would benefit them.

The frustration that comes with being unable to effectively learn certain things is significant, and having an animal can help alleviate these frustrations. Due to the fact that they have an overall more relaxing impact on people, owning an animal will allow the individual to put things into context, and be more patient and understanding of their own inherent debilitations. The ability to step back, and consider that their process may take a bit longer than it takes others, can do wonders in promoting the capability of these individuals to grasp onto otherwise difficult concepts.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Similarly, in line with the above-mentioned learning disabilities, the onset of attention deficit problems can be another qualification and determinant of being able to acquire a legitimate ESA letter. These disorders generally tend to create a circumstance wherein the person suffering from it has difficulty in regards to their behavioral controls, causing them to have a subpar level of concentration, as well as causing them to inadvertently act on impulse without understanding certain consequences.

Anxiety Disorders

Given the widespread understanding that an animal or pet can help reduce the levels of anxiety felt by an individual, this is another qualification in which a mental health professional can provide the necessary documentation. Anxiety disorders tend to cripple individuals mentally, by causing them to excessively worry and be fearful of certain factors of life. This makes it nearly impossible to lead a normal lifestyle, due to the constant concerns and worries of any given component.

An ESA has been found to have an immense impact on those with anxiety issues, considering the fact that the presence of the companion and love of the pet nearby allows them to alleviate some of their stress in regards to external factors. Having an animal has been found to allow these individuals to focus more on the things that will help them strive and succeed while causing them to be distracted from the negative and debilitating concerns and fears that come with the onset of anxiety disorders.

Motor Skill Disorders

These disorders are often marked by difficulty of being able to control and manage motor processes and movements, as well as challenges in processing visuospatial information, leading to difficulties in guiding specific motor actions that are required for daily living. This is another reason why someone would qualify for an ESA letter, due to the debilitation that it brings for the individual who suffers from it.

Depression

Depression is another one of the more common emotional disorders in which an ESA letter can provide much-needed benefits to the person who is being harmed by the challenges. These disorders generally are characterized by episodes and phases of long-term depression and saddened mood, causing them to have a hard time functioning at a normal level throughout their lives. This often hinders them from pursuing a normal and fulfilling life, given the constant negativity or sadness that is plaguing their mental stability.

Depression has also been found, through studies and experiments, to be significantly lessened among those who are pet owners, due to the sense of companionship and love that comes with them. These emotions can be made more positive and prosperous in someone who is suffering from depression, especially in instances where the animal is able to portray their love and emotions back to the individual.

Get your ESA Letter

Overall, when looking at the qualifications that arise when it comes to attaining an ESA letter, it is evident that there are an array of disorders and psychological challenges that qualify an individual to attain the documentation. If you have not been diagnosed with these mental health disadvantages, and believe that you may suffer from one or more of the above-mentioned factors, consider making an appointment with a mental health expert to discuss and determine the obstacles, and whether or not an ESA will be of benefit to you and your lifestyle.

Upon identifying that there is an emotional disability you may be suffering from, the health professional can provide you with documentation that will allow greater freedoms and capabilities to keep your support companion around you, in order to ensure comfort and positivity along the way.

To schedule your appointment for ESA certification please call us 11 am to 7 pm at (415) 966-0848 or apply for an emotional support animal letter online.

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2 comments

  • Priscila Tovar

    February 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve had social anxiety and depression for quite some time now.. I have been taking several different types of antidepressants and I have gone to a few group therapies. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.. I haven’t been feeling like myself in a very long time. I go out, i try to communicate with people, I am in a healthy relationship with a very lovely man but I still am not happy. I feel this emptiness inside of me and for years I have tried to fill it. I have attempted against my life before and have been considering to do it again.. People around me do not realize that I hate my existence, they ask me what’s wrong but I don’t feel important enough to let them pretend to worry about me. When my partner talks about our future together i try to avoid the subject because I don’t see myself having a future. When i hear him talking about how he imagines us in a beautiful home with our children it all just sounds so beautiful and i cry because I wish I had the strength to get there. I argue with him over every little thing.. too much attention, too little attention, too much emotions, and too little emotions. I fight with him because I love him and I want him to leave me, as I dont have the strength to leave him. I don’t want him to lose me because I wasn’t strong enough to hold on, I want him to decide to leave me because he can do better. I don’t love myself; I don’t expect anyone else to. I see my parents notice I am different from how I used to be.. I don’t get ready anymore, I don’t do my makeup, i don’t dress up, and I don’t really talk. I used to love showers, the hotter the water the better! it used to calm me… Now, i sit in the tub with the shower running just crying, trying to think of at least ONE reason of why I should allow my heart to keep beating. Honestly, I think the only reason I haven’t cut off all the ropes is because of my parents. I wouldn’t want them to be in pain for losing me. I try to overcome this but I’m trapped in an endless ocean of confusion and agony. I don’t know when or why I lost myself, I just know that I will NEVER be able to find the old me, the happy me, anytime soon. I don’t feel like I have energy, I feel tired all the time, when i eat i throw up, and when I speak.. I pretend like I am ok. I pretend as if I were just a bit tired. I laugh, I grin, and I enjoy some moments of life but I don’t seem to be able to process them. Ever since i started to lose my way, I felt as if my brain had rewired itself just just hold on to the negatives and trash all the positives. I have gotten in contact with this walk-in clinic and I have made an appointment for an emotional support animal evaluation. As of now I don’t have any expectations, but I will be grateful when I get the esa for my depression. I need something to keep me from letting myself fall.

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  • Priscila Tovar

    March 14, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    It has been about a month and I would be lying if I said I was no longer feeling the way I did when writing the previous post. I got my ESA certification from the EZCare walk-in clinic the same day of my appointment. Everything went by super smoothly and the staff was very helpful and friendly. I have nothing to complain about. As for the ESA.. I can’t say that it has made me feel any different. I am with my male chihuahua and he makes me smile sometimes as he is very playful and loving but I am still not happy. Sometimes having him around makes me a bit sadder because he is another person I would be letting down if I don’t get the strength to keep on keeping on. Maybe the fact that I think about him being sad makes me regret the way I feel because I know I shouldn’t leave him. As for ESA animals I am not too sure they make you feel happy again but what I can say is that they sure make you feel somewhat better. This clinic makes it really easy for you to get your pet the certification it needs at a very efficient speed.

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