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Mental Health Resources During Times of Isolation

Mental Health Resources During Times of Isolation

Due to the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people now find themselves dealing with an unexpected and unfamiliar set of circumstances. Old routines no longer make sense – and are no longer safe – during a period of significant social distancing. That means that everyone has to find ways to adjust to the new reality. The thought of working from home may initially seem appealing, but any residence can start to feel cramped when you’re no longer allowed to leave. Many people rely on their social and professional networks to maintain a sense of normalcy. You lose a...
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How Will COVID-19 Affect My Long-Term Disability Claim?

How Will COVID-19 Affect My Long-Term Disability Claim?

The COVID-19 pandemic is already a defining moment of the century. The virus has completely disrupted the normal social order and created an overwhelming sense of economic uncertainty as social distancing relegates people to their homes and forces many businesses to shut their doors. It should go without saying that the threat (or reality) of losing your job can make a public health crisis even more stressful. That’s why it can help to know what resources – including disability benefits – are available to you if you do become sick during the pandemic. So how will the...
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What does Joker have to say about mental illness?

What does Joker have to say about mental illness?

Joaquin Phoenix has received nearly universal acclaim for his award-winning turn as Arthur Fleck – aka the Joker – in one of the most talked-about movies of 2019. Under the direction of Todd Phillips, Joker showed audiences how an aspiring stand-up comic slowly grew into the titular supervillain after a long struggle with mental illness. Yet despite the warm response to Phoenix’s performance, the reception to the film itself has been far more uneven. That’s particularly true with regards to Joker’s controversial depiction of mental health. Fans of the film view it as an...
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Why Did the Insurance Company Reject My Mental Health Claim?

Why Did the Insurance Company Reject My Mental Health Claim?

For Marcia, depression was simply a fact of life. Though she had always struggled with the day-to-day realities, she’d worked tirelessly to find ways to manage it over the years. She finally felt like she had things more or less under control by the time she reached her 30s. Then she got pregnant – and an event that she hoped would bring her joy upended her life in ways that she never would have expected. Marcia experienced severe prenatal and postpartum depression, and her symptoms persisted a full four years after her child was born. Managing postpartum depression...
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Traveling While Receiving LTD Benefits

Traveling While Receiving LTD Benefits

Adeel filed a long-term disability claim after he fell down the stairs of his house and when the effects of the subsequent concussion severely limited his ability to do his job. His claim was accepted, and Adeel spent the next few months at home recuperating from his injury. Things started to come apart months later when he decided to make a trip to Vancouver Island. He felt like he deserved a vacation after being house-bound for so much time, and consequently took his children and his girlfriend to the West Coast for a low-key trip to visit family. Adeel didn’t have any...
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A Herniated Disc Kicks The Cook Out Of The Kitchen

A Herniated Disc Kicks The Cook Out Of The Kitchen

Exercising on a regular basis is one of the most important things we can do to maintain good health and promote longevity as we age. For women especially, weight training can be a vital part of maintaining adequate bone strength and density to ward off arthritis or osteoporosis. But it’s important to go about exercising properly to avoid injury.  Angela was a kitchen manager at a restaurant in Barrie and an avid gym-goer. In September 2017 she started focusing on high-impact weight training to try and improve her muscle strength. Unfortunately, she herniated a disc...