Video: This Woman With Asperger’s Tries To Hurt Herself But Her Loyal Dog Soothes and Protects Her.

Sometimes it takes a loving animal to snap a person out of an emotional breakdown. That is exactly what this recently posted YouTube video depicts. In it, Danielle Jacobs was having a meltdown and was crying in her bathroom, but she was not alone. Her loyal and concerned dog named Samson was right by her side and helping her through the waves of emotions that she was experiencing. Danielle has Asperger’s, which is an autism spectrum disorder that affects a persons ability to communicate and socialize effectively.

Sometimes, when she experiences too much stimulation, it causes her to have meltdowns. She trained Samson to help her deal with these occurrences, and that is exactly what he did in the video. She explained on the post, “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.”

In the emotional video Samson does all that he can to help Danielle. The large black dog nuzzles up to her in a comforting and loving manner. He places his head near her hands and tries to keep them focused on him and occupied, nipping and biting them when she moves.

At one point she begins to self harm by hitting herself, and that’s when Samson stops her by guiding her arms down with his front paws. Danielle then slides down to the floor and gets showered in happy, sloppy, puppy kisses that can only help to further snap her out of the scary episode.

Samson and Danielle’s story is being told and shown to the world because she opted to make the incredibly hard decision to open up and share what she goes through every day. Her brave choice will help raise awareness for people with Asperger’s, as well as bring more support and awareness to the animals who guide and help them every day.

It is dogs like Samson, whose unconditional love knows no bounds, who make life bearable and worth living for people all over the world, even if they don’t have a disability.

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