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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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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...
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Why It’s So Important to Listen & Empathize With Our Clients

Why It’s So Important to Listen & Empathize With Our Clients

At the most basic level, a disability is a disruption. Those who develop a condition in their adulthood can suddenly find themselves struggling with everyday tasks, and are physically or mentally unable to do as much as they did when they were younger. It can be incredibly demoralizing to be forced to confront those limitations, and no one feels that more acutely than the person wading through a to-do list that never seems to get any smaller. Unfortunately, many bystanders are simply unwilling or unable to empathize with that struggle. They have no broader understanding...
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Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

When Sara, 40, slipped on the ice last winter while skating with her family, she hit her head. She blacked out for a few seconds and woke up feeling dizzy and nauseated. Her family took her to the emergency department where they ran some tests and found out that she had a concussion. It didn’t seem too serious at first, so she pushed herself to get back to her normal routine almost immediately. Within a day she was getting violently ill at work, suffering splitting headaches, and often lost track of what she was saying mid-sentence. She had developed post-concussion...
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A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

Living with a chronic condition can make day-to-day life very difficult, if not unbearable. From one person to the next, each experience is unique, varied mostly by the severity of their condition and their access to help. For those who live alone, it changes things and makes the process of living with a disability even more difficult. Algar, a client of ours, was kind enough to grant us a peek into what a day in his life looks like. 48 years old and living alone in a single room in a house in Toronto, Algar deals with chronic pain. This is what a typical day in his life...