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Resources for Those with Depression

Resources for Those with Depression

Depression is an insidious disease. Often regarded as an “invisible illness”, as with many other mental illnesses, depression affects roughly 8% of Canadians. Those under the age of 20 are most likely to exhibit symptoms of depression, and it is the fourth leading cause of disability in the world. It affects women in different ways than men, as they are 1.5 times more likely than men to be hospitalized for depression, and are twice as likely to experience depression. 90% of people suffering from depression never seek treatment. However, 80% of people who do seek...
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Talking About Mental Health at Work

Talking About Mental Health at Work

It’s hard enough having mental illness, but the prospect of talking about it at work can seem almost too much to bear. While it’s usually straightforward to explain that you need time off for the flu, the stigma around mental illness makes it far more difficult to address symptoms of depression in a similar manner. One of our clients, Sandra, recently experienced this exact scenario. While Sandra’s depression is often controlled by medication and cognitive behavioural therapy, it can fluctuate during particularly challenging life events. Five years ago during a...
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Did You Know: Depression Has Physical Symptoms

Did You Know: Depression Has Physical Symptoms

According to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, 8% of Canadians will experience major depression within their lifetime, with youth under the age of 20 and women at the greatest risk. Many symptoms of depression affect one’s ability to function emotionally or cognitively. Certainly, we know that depression affects mood. But we don’t talk nearly enough about the physical symptoms of depression that can limit one’s functionality in more easily quantifiable ways. These symptoms are often misdiagnosed as something other than depression. Physical Symptoms of Depression...
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Disability Awareness in Canada: 1890 – 1970

Disability Awareness in Canada: 1890 – 1970

Canada has a long and complicated history with its perspective on disability. Beginning at the end of the 19th century, disabled persons were largely segregated throughout the country in archaic institutions and church-run homes. As a result, social stigma grew around these citizens, one that would take over a century to dismantle and rectify. After the First World War, Canadian perspectives of people with disabilities changed with the return of Canadian veterans, and the difficulty they faced reintegrating into society. This did, however, result in the foundation of the...
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Share Lawyers Takes On a Denied Military Claim

Share Lawyers Takes On a Denied Military Claim

At Share Lawyers, we ensure that every client is provided superior individual attention. Due to her PTSD, Sarah was unable to seek full-time employment as a project manager, which would have allowed her to pay off her student loans. She sought help from us after her military disability benefits were denied. Unable to leave her home in Sault Ste. Marie, Sarah appreciated Share Lawyers’ willingness to communicate with her by phone, email and courier. She appreciated the enthusiastic approach we took to her case, commending us for being “very positive and respectful.” She...
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How Owning a Pet Can Help Your Mental Health

How Owning a Pet Can Help Your Mental Health

As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, animals can greatly assist in the day to day lives of those with disabilities In a study conducted by HABRI, the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, nearly 75% of pet owners said that owning a pet has had a positive impact on their sense of mental and emotional well-being. There are several areas of life that are improved by owning a pet. Social 98% of pet owners consider their pet a member of their family. For those suffering from feelings of loneliness and isolation, a pet can be a loyal ally. Forming a bond with a pet gives...