I also have GAD. Right now it's stable but a few years ago it was not and being in crowed public places would bring on panic. I got a letter from my Psych to use a PSD. My Doxie Charlie is very good at noticing my anxiety and will make contact with me as well as get my attention this way. He was amazing for the task as he is sound in public, loves people, small and a calming influence. It worked very well. When my anxiety would peak and Charlie alerted me I would take a fast acting benzo and remove myself from the situation. My understanding from that time period as to using Charlie was the letter from my doctor. It would have to be reissued yearly. I no longer need Charlie when I go out so he stays home, I do not bring him to places for the heck of it. Just my experience, hope it is helpful. Feel better!
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