Asked by: Rosalino Grutzemacher
asked in category: General Last Updated: 13th February, 2020

Do I qualify for an emotional support animal?

If you have an emotional disability, you canlegally qualify for an ESA, short for emotional supportanimal. You must be certified as emotionally disabled by apsychologist, therapist, psychiatrist or other duly-licensed and/orcertified mental health professional.

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Then, what conditions qualify for an emotional support animal?

If you suffer from one or more of the mental illnesseslisted below, you may qualify for an emotional supportdog.

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Learning Disorders.
  • Autism.
  • General Anxiety Disorder.
  • Gender Identity.
  • Bipolar.
  • Cognitive disorders.
  • Depression.

how much does an emotional support dog cost? Buying and training a dog to suit your needstypically costs between $15,000 and $30,000, according tothe nonprofit Service Dog Certifications. The exact amountdepends on the training it receives and the breed of dogyou've selected. Because of this, a service dog can be asexpensive as $50,000.

One may also ask, how do I qualify for an ESA letter?

In order to get a valid emotional support animalletter, it needs to come from a licensed mental healthprofessional. Licensed mental health professionals includepsychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers,psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, and otherlicensed therapists.

Can you get an emotional support animal for anxiety?

To legally make your pet an emotionalsupport animal, a therapist must recommend an ESA for yourmental illness. According to the NIMH, 1 in 5 Americans suffer froma mental illness – including anxiety. A licensedtherapist must write you an ESA letter recommending anemotional support animal for your condition.

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