The Organization – XSK9
XSK9 is a non-profit organization that facilitates the pairing of rescue dogs with combat veterans to establish a cohesive team, thus providing treatment and support for the veterans every day needs. This organization is a
The Problem – Veteran with
Combat Related PTSD
Increasing numbers of military and private contractors are coming home from combat in
The What – Oxytocin
It has been proven that Oxytocin centers, in your brain, regulate the brain and body’s response to environmental and social challenges by reducing stress. Oxytocin reserves are located near the hypothalamus and connect areas of the brain that control behaviour and emotion. Increasing the levels of oxytocin in someone suffering with PTSD can help optimize their social support by reducing stress in challenging social circumstances. In humans, Oxytocin has been shown to enhance the processing of positive social information when compared to negative social information, this helps to increase the sense of trust in others and reverse the effects of hostile conditioning of social stimuli. This effect can increase buffering on social support and stress responsiveness which reduces the stress response in people with history of Trauma.