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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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What Do I Do If I Don’t Have a Diagnosis?

What Do I Do If I Don’t Have a Diagnosis?

In most long-term disability cases, people will experience symptoms long before they receive an official diagnosis. Those symptoms send people to the doctor in the first place, and they can become quite severe before anyone can identify a cause. As it relates to work, that means that you are eligible for long-term disability benefits even if your condition has not yet been diagnosed. In order to receive benefits, you simply need to demonstrate that your medical issues prevent you from doing your job. In that regard, an official diagnosis does not make a condition any more...
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Five Things You Can Do To Help Your Chronic Pain

Five Things You Can Do To Help Your Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be so debilitating it can feel like it dominates every aspect of your life. Here are some steps you can take to deal with your chronic pain. Exercise Although it may seem counterproductive, exercise can help with chronic pain. Exercise produces endorphins, which act on the opiate receptors in our brains. Endorphins help to reduce pain and increase pleasure, causing a feeling of well-being. Ask your doctor about what kinds of exercise might be best for your specific situation. They can give you advice on the best types of physical activities to help...
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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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Side Effects: A Throat Cancer Diagnosis

Side Effects: A Throat Cancer Diagnosis

Viktor felt like his world was ending when he received his throat cancer diagnosis. He always figured that cancer would be something he might have to deal with when he was older, not something he would deal with while he was in good health at only 41. Of course, Viktor didn’t have much time to dwell on his misfortune. He entered treatment immediately and was grateful that his doctors had spotted the problem early. They told him that the throat cancer had not yet spread, and that his prognosis was good and that he should be able to make a full recovery. But that didn’t...
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Facing The Painkillers: Daria’s Story

Facing The Painkillers: Daria’s Story

Everything had started innocently enough. Daria’s back was aching after a long shift at the hospital in Victoria, BC, so she took an over-the-counter painkiller to make sure she’d have enough strength to return to work the next day. The painkillers worked the first few times her back ached but it wasn’t long before the stress (and the pain) started to exceed the medication. The days at the hospital could be exhausting. As a nurse, Daria dealt with one crisis after another, often while navigating heightened emotional situations. Daria slowly escalated from over-the-counter...