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Depression and Being Denied For Long-Term Disability

Depression and Being Denied For Long-Term Disability

While he was in college, Zain, 29, had been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease. Crohn’s, attacks your body’s immune system and damages your bowel or gastrointestinal system. The illness causes many symptoms that vary widely from person-to-person; chronic diarrhea or constipation, cramps, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, weight loss, tiredness, and more. Crohn’s can even impact your joints, skin, and eyes. Up to 80% of those who suffer from Crohn’s will have to be hospitalized at least once in their lives. After dealing with the symptoms of...
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A Walk In the Woods: Chloe’s Story

A Walk In the Woods: Chloe’s Story

Chloe always tried to get out of the city in the summer. As much as she loved living in Toronto, her roots were still back with her parents in Northern Ontario. Once the weather got warm, the 48-year-old took some scheduled vacation time off, grabbed her two children, and went up north to enjoy the season. Of course, Chloe knew full well that not everyone appreciated the outdoors. For her, that just added to the charm. The woods may have been filled with bugs, but while many of them were annoying, most of them weren’t particularly dangerous. It, therefore, came as a bit...
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The Different Kinds of Disability Programs in Canada

The Different Kinds of Disability Programs in Canada

In many workplaces, disability insurance is typically available as part of your group benefits insurance plan, and those plans will differ depending on the insurance company and the nature of the plan itself. If you are self-employed, are a professional, or work as a freelancer you may not be eligible for group benefits.  You could investigate purchasing a private disability policy. Group disability benefits are limited insofar as they only cover the employee (not their family) as long as they are working at the same company and meet the criteria of the plan. ...
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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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Day In The Life: A Past Car Accident Comes Back to Haunt the Present

Day In The Life: A Past Car Accident Comes Back to Haunt the Present

Milton, 47, owned a hair salon. But despite the success of his business, things had not always gone smoothly for him. Eight years ago, Milton had been involved in a hit and run car accident. He suffered a concussion as well as neck injuries. Although he eventually recovered, his wife recently noticed that he was becoming very forgetful, which was unusual for him. Milton also began to experience cognitive problems. These issues were negatively impacting his daily life at work and at home. Milton’s wife urged him to see a doctor, and he made an appointment to see what may...