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Living with PTSD in Canada

Living with PTSD in Canada

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse.   When a person experiences trauma, the consequences can live on far past the experience itself. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) affect a huge population of our society. To understand it and its implications, we must ask: what exactly is PTSD? What are its causes and symptoms? How can we take notice of those who are suffering, and try to help? The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as “a mental health condition...
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A Paramedic, Denied His Benefits

A Paramedic, Denied His Benefits

First responders seldom got the glory – but that never bothered Peter. He became a paramedic because he wanted to help people, not because he wanted the attention. Peter saved people’s lives. He might not be a doctor or a nurse, but he was proud of the work he did as a crucial member of the medical system. He never expected the personal cost to be so high. As the first person at the scene of an accident, Peter would often arrive to discover that there was nothing left to be done. The natural world can be careless and cruel. Over the course of ten years, he’d seen...
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Understanding the Signs of PTSD

Understanding the Signs of PTSD

When Alex’s girlfriend Jill got in a car accident last fall, their world turned upside down. After spending weeks in the hospital, Jill had to go through 5 months of daily physical therapy in order to be able to walk with ease. She was unable to work, and Alex used every spare moment outside of the office to run errands, prepare meals, and spend time with Jill. For a few months, life was difficult, but as Jill’s health improved and she was able to start work again, things settled back into a seemingly normal routine. Dynamics, however, had shifted. Jill’s temperament was...
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Identifying the Signs of Trauma

Identifying the Signs of Trauma

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse.   When someone you know has suffered from trauma, it can be hard to see the signs. All experiences are different, and the way people react to difficult events comes in many forms. There are, however, some common signs of trauma and abuse that we can all be aware of. Just as we are taught to notice the symptoms of an allergic reaction or broken bones, becoming more aware of abuse indicators can lead to earlier intervention and have a huge impact on those around us who...
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Teacher Denied LTD Benefits

Teacher Denied LTD Benefits

When it came to her health, Hong used to think she could deal with anything. She spent her days in front of a classroom filled with fourth graders, and you don’t need to be a virologist to know that children are not the most hygienic coworkers. Every year, her students came to class with pink eye, sore throats, and some new mutant strain of flu, but Hong knew the risks before she became a teacher so it’s something she learned to live with. Fortunately, Hong had always had an incredible ability to recover. No matter how bad things got, a day of rest, some chicken soup, and...
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A Day in the Life: PTSD from Bullying

A Day in the Life: PTSD from Bullying

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of bullying and suicide.   John often had a difficult time explaining Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Most of the people he met in his day to day life never knew that he had any issues with his mental health, and the ones who did seldom saw the worst of it. It’s not as if John walked around telling people about his disorder. It was a personal medical issue, one that he dealt with in his own time on his own terms under the guidance of his therapist. He had learned to navigate the world...