In a bid to raise awareness about what it’s like to live with Asperger's syndrome, a woman filmed herself while having a violent “meltdown.”
However, as she slaps herself, her service dog, Samson, immediately comes to her rescue to protect and comfort her.
Danielle Jacobs posted the above video on YouTube to show with the following caption:
“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.”
Although the video was posted on YouTube two weeks ago, it was recently shared on Imgur, amassing more than a million views in less than a day.
“Because AS was only recently identified as a diagnosis, a count of the number of individuals affected by this syndrome is still hard to come by,” states the Asperger/Autism Network. “Recent survey results from the National Institute of Child Health and Mental Development estimate that 1 in 500 people (0.2% of the general population) have some form of AS. Some estimates run between 0.36% and .71%. Among people with Asperger’s, the prevalence of males to females diagnosed represents a ratio of 4:1.”