Service Dog Does Everything to Protect Owner From Self-Harm During Asperger's Meltdown

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The woman in this video shared it because she wanted others to see what an Asperger's meltdown looks like. It's incredibly difficult to watch, but also very important, because this is a very real symptom of the syndrome, which will hopefully help people understand it better.

"This is what having aspergers is like," Danielle captioned the video, which has been viewed over a million times on YouTube. "Please no negative comments this 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. Yes Samson is alerting. I trained him to alert to depressive episodes and self harm not both but he alerted. It appears the response is late but it's actually supposed to be as I'm coming out of the meltdown as I tend to have a panic attack after."

Samson is her service dog and his attempts to prevent her from inadvertently harming herself are both touching and heartbreaking at the same time. It also shows what an incredibly important role service dogs can play in the lives of people who need them.

"I'm a therapist that works with kids on the spectrum. The service dogs are amazing and more insurance companies should cover the cost," one person commented on Imgur. "As a behavioral therapist for kids with autism... THIS is amazing. This dog is better at my job than I am," another shared.

In a second clip from the incident, Samson actually puts himself between Danielle's hand and her body to try to prevent her from hurting herself. describes what an Asperger's meltdown in adults might typically involve:

On the mild end of the continuum, the adult in meltdown may simply say some things that are overly critical and disrespectful, thus ultimately destroying the relationship with the other party (or parties) in many cases. On the more extreme end of the continuum, the adult in meltdown may attack others and their possessions, causing bodily injury and property damage. In both examples, the adult often later feels remorse, regret or embarrassment.

Yet another reason why Danielle is so incredibly courageous for sharing this powerful footage.

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