Psychiatry & Psychology--General/Unhealthy Pet Obsession


let-the-dogs-out wrote at 2011-08-18 19:33:05
Exactly like my parents, my sister and mother in law. All of them divorced and acting exactly like yours. Yes it is sick. I am also trying to find more about this topic. I think they want to feel loved & recognized and as they do not manage to get that with humans, they get obsessed with their pets.  

rizingstarz wrote at 2014-03-10 15:18:58
Pet obsession is especially bad when it interferes with existing relationships. This can include sleeping with an animal instead of a spouse. Intimate activities such as going to the bathroom, bathing, even maturbating in close proximity to the animal begins to look like the person is seeing themselves as animals more than the opposite. I think there are more instances where this has led to infidelities and divorce than is being reported.

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Daniel S. Harrop, M.D.


Dr. Daniel S. Harrop received his B.A. and his M.D., both from Brown, and his M.B.A. from the Edinburgh Business School, Scotland. Board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry, he is a past president of the R.I. Psychiatric Society and a member of the Committee on Medical Quality of the American Psychiatric Association and the Committee on Continuing Medical Education of the R.I Medical Society. He serves as a consultant to four of the top five major medical management companies, including OptumHealth/United Healthcare, Magellan Behavioral Health Services, ValueOptions and APS Healthcare, and maintains a private practice in Providence, R.I. He also serves as chief psychiatric consultant on the Medical Advisory Board at the R.I. Workers Compensation Court. He was formerly on the faculty at the medical schools at both Brown University and Harvard University.

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