Powerful Video Shows Loyal Dog Save Woman With Asperger’s During a Meltdown (VIDEO)

One brave woman has come forward to show the world what it's like to be on the autism spectrum. Danielle Jacobs, who suffers from Asperger's syndrome, filmed one of her meltdowns, and how her service dog helps her calm down and find her bearing.


Jacobs shared the video on social media, writing, "This is what having Asperger's is like ... [T]his is what 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."

Take a look and be moved by how her beloved and loyal dog Samson is able to get through to her in the midst of her episode, which includes sobbing and smacking herself in the head.

Jacobs said that Samson is trained "to alert to depressive episodes and self-harm." His "delayed" response in the video is intentional, she explained, as the panic attacks tend to come after her depressive episodes.

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She also asked for no negative comments when she shared her vulnerable moment, which has quickly gone viral. It's been viewed over two-and-a-half million times since June 1 on YouTube alone, and the response has been largely positive.

One user said, "It is very brave of you to share your most fragile moments with the world. My son has Autism and his meltdowns are also heartbreaking [sic] to watch. Many, many people who have heard about meltdowns but, have never actually seen one, will finally understand how traumatic they can be."

Are you impressed that Jacobs chose to share this video?


Image via Danielle Jacobs/YouTube

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