Therapies: A Dose of Dolphins for Moderate Depression New York Times
Researchers working in Honduras have taken an unusual approach to treating mild to moderate depression: they teamed their patients up with dolphins.
To test unconfirmed reports that dolphins could help people with learning disabilities and mental health problems, the researchers offered 10 patients a regimen of surf, sun, sand and dolphins, said Dr. Michael A. Reveley, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Leicester in England and the senior author of the study.
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To try to draw a valid comparison, another group got the same regimen, minus the dolphins.
The study found that the patients who took part in the program that let them spend time with bottlenose dolphins for two weeks enjoyed relief from their symptoms.
Patients in the control group, who spent quality time in the sun and the water, without the dolphins, did not experience the same benefit, the researchers found.