I've read a lot on people with depression and their various coping mechanisms and the stuffed animal thing comes up a lot. I don't particularly care for plush animals myself. Mostly what I carry are robotic dogs. Things like the FurReal Friends Dogs or WowWee's Alive dogs. My absolute favorite is Hasbro's latest FurReal dog, Cookie. The dog in my avatar. Despite them running for about $50-$60 depending on where you buy them I own two and plan on buying several more. I've had pretty much every robotic dog on the market, though back in the early 00's I was collecting robotic pets in general and wasn't limiting my collection to species. I had about 60 Furbys at one point. I sold most of my robotic pets several years ago but the only ones I really miss are the Poo-Chis and the other robot dogs I had. I only started collecting robot dogs and just robot dogs around last Christmas. I found they work great for the depression. Better than anything else I've tried.