Woman With Asperger's Stuck In A Violent 'Meltdown' Gets Help From Her Heroic Service Dog

Talk about a man's best friend.

The human mind and all of its complexities isn't easy to grasp. 

We need to be educated on the topic and what better way to do it than show real-life experiences. A video posted by 24-year-old Danielle Jacobs from Arizona might help us do just that.

Jacobs has Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder which affects people's development, interpersonal and motor skills. Asperger's can also manifest in violent breakdowns, where patients inflict harm on themselves.


To illustrate what it's like to live with Asperger's, Jacobs filmed one meltdown. She was crying and hitting herself until her service dog Samson jumped in and completely saved the day.

"This is what having Asperger's is like. [T]his really happened and it's not easy to open myself and share what it's like on a daily basis. This is what's considered a meltdown," Jacobs writes in her YouTube post.

According to Jacobs, her 4-year-old Rottweiler Samson is trained to work with various types of patients.

"He alerts to meltdowns, anger, depressive episodes, flashbacks and nightmares, provides balance and counter balance, and alerts to panic attacks," Jacobs told BuzzFeed.

Jacobs said she wanted to make the video to raise awareness about her disorder. She is one of a number of brave YouTubers who have decided to share their experiences with the masses and have opened a window for discussion on things like narcolepsy, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and others.


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