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Old 09-25-2019, 07:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think his buddy might have done some research into how to deal with anxiety before he gave him that bear hug.

There are quite a few studies showing that 'deep pressure stimulation' can help switch your nervous system into a more calm state. A firm hug/massage, a therapy dog trained to lay on you or weighted blankets all seem to work.
Apparently it even works for pets - there are 'thunder shirts' for dogs that are snug vests that advertise to help calm animals down.
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