About the pet thing
I don’t think anybody was saying having a pet will just “fix” mental illness
Simply that they can be helpful to some people (which they can - my cat is very therapeutic to me)
If you are not an “animal person,” obviously this therapy won’t apply. The benefit comes from the empathy you feel from the pet, and the “reason to live” and take care of it that the pet gives you.(Also, for some people, the reassurance and security the pet’s presence gives you in public settings.) If you don’t feel comfortable with a pet, or would be more stressed out by having one, then of course, no “therapy.”. (I have 4 dogs, and that’s too many dogs! In fact, they resulted from hypomania, so animals aren’t always “therapeutic.”) The first dog I had, who was my only dog her whole life, got me through many bad years.Take what you can use, leave the rest!