"This really happened and it's not easy to open myself and share what it's like on a daily basis," writes Danielle Jacobs, who suffers from Asperger Syndrome.
On 1 June, Jacobs uploaded a video of being comforted by her service dog during a 'meltdown'. The video, which went viral, has over 3 million views as of now. The numbers are steadily rising.
The video shows a distraught Jacobs crying and hitting herself continuously. But then the adorable dog, Samson, steps in and tries to hold her arms in order to stop her from hitting herself.
Jacobs drops to the ground, while the dog keeps trying to console her throughout. It is heart-wrenching to see the efforts of Samson who is trying to help and Jacobs actually responding to it.
What is even more incredible is that Jacobs trained the dog herself 'to alert to depressive episodes and self harm'. "I had prior experience because I worked with shelter dogs and trained them in obedience," she told the Huffington Post.
Asperger's syndrome, also called Asperger's disorder, is a type of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), reports WebMD. PDDs involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination.
Here is the video (Viewer discretion advised).
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Updated Date: Jun 18, 2015 08:30:44 IST