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It Doesn’t Sound the Same: Nada’s Story

It Doesn’t Sound the Same: Nada’s Story

Nada had fallen in love with music at an early age. But she never realized that life as a professional musician would come with a few occupational hazards. She spent much of her youth going to concerts and cranking the volume on her headphones, and that lifetime of loud noise evolved into tinnitus when she was only 34. The ringing in her ears eventually got so bad that she could no longer evaluate her own instrument’s sound. She knew that she was creating sound, but it was getting more and more difficult to tell whether or not she was in tune. Was she keeping time...
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Denied Claim For Contractor With Opioid Addiction

Denied Claim For Contractor With Opioid Addiction

All too often, long-term disability benefit claims are questioned when the cause is listed as addiction. Whether the addiction is in relation to a substance, an activity, or behaviour, it takes a strict adherence of application guidelines and practices for the claim to even be considered. Chief among those requirements is, perhaps one of its most limiting, the need to be enrolled in or show proof of enrollment in a rehabilitation program. Nevertheless, according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) “mental health issues and addictions are ‘disabilities’ that are...
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A Nurse’s Denied Disability With Multiple Sclerosis

A Nurse’s Denied Disability With Multiple Sclerosis

Like many chronic condition diagnoses, a multiple sclerosis diagnosis can change a person’s life. In many ways, it can mean anticipating flare-ups of chronic pain and discomfort at any given time throughout the day. Lauren, a 45-year-old Nurse Practitioner working at a busy medical clinic and single mother with two teenage boys, leads a chaotic but fulfilling life. Having worked at the clinic for nearly 15 years, she loved her job and managed to work around its long, tiring hours on top of taking care of her home and her children. But one day that started to change. While...
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The Physical & Psychological Toll Of PTSD

The Physical & Psychological Toll Of PTSD

Based on research from the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, anxiety disorders are the most prominent mental illness in the country. In any given year, approximately 9% of Canadian men and 16% of Canadian women are affected. Anxiety disorders can include generalized anxiety disorder, which accounts for just shy of 2% of all anxiety disorders, panic disorder (0.7%), obsessive-compulsive disorder (1.8%), specific phobias (6%-8%), social phobias (6.7%), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The only difference between these is that there is very little data available on...
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Denial Of PTSD Based on Insufficient Medical Evidence

Denial Of PTSD Based on Insufficient Medical Evidence

Jessica was always a creature of habit. A fan of routine, she’d been following the same one every day for the past decade. She’d start her day with a coffee and a lift to work from her husband. She’d sit on the same park bench every lunch, and then walk home when the day was done to get her exercise in. In fact, it was this walk home that was her favourite part of her day as it gave her time to relax and focus on herself.  Then, one day, she was attacked on her evening walk home. Someone had crept out from behind a nearby building, grabbed her, and threatened her...
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Working From Home: Tips From the Share Lawyers Team

Working From Home: Tips From the Share Lawyers Team

As a result of COVID-19, many Canadians are finding themselves either out of work or forced to work from home. And while many Canadians may already work from home, those who are new to the practice may find it difficult to adjust. As such, the Share Lawyers team is here to answer all your questions about how to work from home like a pro while taking care of your mental and physical health.  What are your go-to meditation or mental health apps or websites? While the idea of working from home seems like a dream come true, the reality is that it takes a great deal of...