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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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Planning Ahead the Key to Living With Cystic Fibrosis

Planning Ahead the Key to Living With Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a recessive genetic disorder that affects organs like the lungs, pancreas, and liver – gradually deteriorating the body over time – and those living with the condition must take constant care of their bodies through medications, treatments, nutrition, and frequent hospital visits.   One of our more recent clients, Scott, now 32, was only an infant when a sweat test conducted by his doctor detected a higher level of salt in his sweat – an early indicator of Cystic Fibrosis. Growing up, Scott was one of the more fortunate...
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Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Denied Disability Claim For Addiction

Applications for disability benefits with invisible illnesses are often held to higher levels of scrutiny. Addictions — alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, etc are considered invisible illnesses, and are often heavily scrutinized. Leonard, a 43-year-old web developer, learned this the hard way.  Leonard was walking home when he was involved in a car accident. Someone ran a red light and hit him as he was crossing the street. Thankfully, it was a small residential area, so the car wasn’t moving fast enough to cause any broken bone but Leonard suffered severe whiplash, a...
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Denied Due to Lack of Evidence

Denied Due to Lack of Evidence

Wayne enjoyed his work as a digital marketing strategist, but he would not have described the job as a physically demanding one. He started to rethink that stance after his health took a turn for the worse when he turned 35. At first, his symptoms were relatively minor. He might be tired one day and sore on another, but for the most part it just felt like an extension of the regular aches and pains that most people dealt with during their adulthood. Unfortunately, those symptoms gradually became more intense over the course of several months. Before long, Wayne was...
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Life After LTD Settlement for Cancer Treatment Pain

Life After LTD Settlement for Cancer Treatment Pain

Stephanie, a 40-year-old bus driver, had worked tirelessly at her job for many years. Through exhaustive and often stressful, Stephanie still loved her job; it allowed her to connect with her community and help in a tangible way. That’s part of why it was so painful when she had to take time off after her breast cancer diagnosis. She was told her chances of recovery were high, but she needed to focus on treatment.  Thankfully, she had the full support of her employers, coworkers, family, and friends, which she often attributes to the success of her treatment. She was...
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After an LTD Settlement – Embracing Life with Chronic Back Pain

After an LTD Settlement – Embracing Life with Chronic Back Pain

Jacob, 33, had spent the better part of a year working the rigours of Toronto’s numerous hi-rise construction projects when one day he suddenly had excruciating back pain, too much to bear and an ambulance was called.  He had suffered from mild back pain for the last couple of years, yet it had never stopped him from working. At the emergency room Jacob was told that he had herniated several discs in his back and he also suffered from Degenerative Disc Disease.  Jacob made use of his short-term disability benefits in the hopes that some time off would...