A woman with Asperger syndrome has uploaded a video to YouTube showing one of her meltdowns in the hopes of raising awareness about the developmental disorder, which affects one's ability to effectively socialize and communicate.
In the clip, Danielle Jacobs is comforted by her service dog Samson, who is trained to stop her from harming herself.
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"This is what having Asperger's is like," Jacobs writes in the video's description. "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."
As Jacobs hits herself with her fists, Samson is seen jumping up and using his paws to pull her arms down. When she eventually sinks to the floor, he cuddles up next to her and licks her face.
"Samson is alerting," the Arizona resident explains. "I trained him to alert to depressive episodes and self harm...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."
Since it was uploaded two weeks ago, the video has gotten more than 2.5 million views, and the majority of comments have been overwhelmingly positive.
"As an older brother to a 13-year-old boy with autism, this is truly heart-warming and powerful. Thanks for sharing," one person wrote, while another said, "It's great to see you have such a great pup there for support! Sometimes the greatest help comes from man's best friend."
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