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Bipolar Disorder Can Impact Anyone, Even Celebrities

Bipolar Disorder Can Impact Anyone, Even Celebrities

Over the last few years, several celebrities have opened up about being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder: Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato, Halsey, and Kanye West have all spoken publicly about their mental health struggles. Singer Halsey posted a series of tweets about the illness in July of this year, stating in part, “I have dedicated my career to offering education and insight about bipolar disorder,” and adding, “a lot of people you know probably have bipolar disorder and you aren’t aware of it.” The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance describes Bipolar Disorder as, “a...
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Chadwick Boseman’s Secret Battle with Colon Cancer

Chadwick Boseman’s Secret Battle with Colon Cancer

The recent death of 43-year-old actor Chadwick Boseman from colon cancer shocked the world. When it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago, fans were astonished. As it turns out, the star of 42 and Get On Up had been undergoing treatment while he was making critically acclaimed, high-profile films like Black Panther and Da 5 Bloods.  Boseman’s passing sheds light on this illness along with several shocking statistics. Colon cancer is expected to cause about 53,200 deaths in 2020, according to Cancer.org. Colorectal cancer is also the...
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Robin Williams’ Final Days And Battle With Lewy Body Dementia Revealed In New Documentary

Robin Williams’ Final Days And Battle With Lewy Body Dementia Revealed In N...

Lewy Body Dementia, a degenerative brain disease, is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for approximately 10 percent of all diagnosed cases of dementia in Canada. LBD affects every aspect of a person, with symptoms including impaired thinking, memory loss, tremors, difficulty moving, visual hallucinations, paranoia, depression, and changes in autonomic body functions. With no specific test to diagnose Lewy Body Dementia, and with many of the same signs and symptoms as other forms of dementia, LBD is often misdiagnosed, leading...
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How Drake’s Creative Partner Learned to Take Care of His MS

How Drake’s Creative Partner Learned to Take Care of His MS

Toronto’s Noah Shebib may not be a household name, but nearly everyone is familiar with his music. Better known as “40,” Shebib is the chief architect of Drake’s signature sound, and he has produced some of the biggest hits of the past decade as the rapper’s right-hand man.   Shebib has also been living with Multiple Sclerosis since he was 22. His condition is one of the few things that can draw him into the spotlight. After he received his diagnosis, Shebib spent the next 10 years largely ignoring his MS, neglecting to take his medication as he toured the world...
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Mental Health In The Black Community

Mental Health In The Black Community

As North Americans continue to fight for racial equality following the murder of George Floyd, various shocking statistics have come to light about disparities regarding access to resources for the Black community. Chief among those are the statistics that strongly support claims of severe disparities in terms of quality and access to mental health care for the Black community in both Canada and the United States.  Factoring in the trauma of the pandemic and the ensuing hardship of self-isolation creates a profound need for mental health services for everyone....
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Eminem And The Road To Sobriety

Eminem And The Road To Sobriety

Many invisible illnesses face severe scrutiny from the general public. Not least of these is addiction, an illness frequently maligned as little more than a selfish sign of weakness and poor impulse control. Over the years, we have worked tirelessly to try and dismantle this misconception in how we support our clients. But the shame of addiction and relapse is so profound, few people like to make their addiction public. Which is why it’s so important when celebrities, those at the forefront of the public’s consciousness, are outspoken about their addiction. In April,...