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Dog Comforts Woman With Autism During Meltdown

An Arizona woman with Asperger's syndrome, a type of autism, has shared a video of her service dog comforting her. She did it, as BuzzFeed News reports, because she wanted people to see what it's like to live with her condition.

And the video of the incident has gone viral, being shared more than 2 million times on YouTube.

The dog, a rottweiler named Samson, can be seen trying to prevent Danielle Jacobs, 24, from harming herself as he paws at her arms why she hits herself in the head and cries.

Danielle told BuzzFeed News that she got Samson from HALO animal rescue in Phoenix after several evaluations and assessments.

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"I immediately began training him for service work for Asperger's syndrome, PTSD, TBI and anxiety disorder," Jacobs said. "He alerts to meltdowns, anger, depressive episodes, flashbacks and nightmares, stimming, provides balance and counterbalance, and alerts to panic attacks."

Jacobs said she was diagnosed in May 2013 and is hoping to raise awareness about her experiences. She says that Asperger's syndrome affects "both children and adults in social situations," and that people with Asperger's syndrome "are on the high-functioning end of autism and carry a few traits as those with classic autism such as [having] meltdowns … [and] repetitive speech and behavior."

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And Jacobs has a message for those who feel compelled to chime in when they see a crying child in public, because he or she is likely expressing emotions in the only way they know how.

"Someone once told me that people with Asperger's or autism are like a computer," she said. "There's too much input, not enough output—[you] lose power and crash."

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Images via Danielle Jacobs on BuzzFeed News

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