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PTSD: The Facts

PTSD: The Facts

For those of us who have not experienced Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), understanding the difference between an acutely stressful time and having the disorder can be confusing. Everyone faces difficult and frightening situations throughout life to varying degrees. Though over time the emotional impact of these experiences usually fade, PTSD can last much longer and can have serious consequences on one’s life.  Events that are categorized as traumatic generally fall under the categories of crimes, natural disasters, accidents, war, conflict, or other...
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Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Managing Mental Health: Life After Your Disability Settlement

Throughout the legal process of fighting for your disability benefits, it might seem as though everything will be easy once the legal battle is over. Adjusting back into a regular daily routine can seem like the light at the end of the tunnel. However, this can often end up being a stressful period. Managing a disability can be daunting, and when it is related to mental health, there are many factors to consider. In order to benefit from the services and support available, it is important to know your rights.  The Ontario Human Rights Code provides for equal...
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Blurred Vision and Headaches Caused By Hypertension Made It Impossible to Work

Blurred Vision and Headaches Caused By Hypertension Made It Impossible to W...

As mother of two teenagers and a receptionist for a large dental office in Vancouver, Leona was no stranger to stress. At 46 years old she felt like she finally had a handle on life’s stress, despite it never slowing down. No matter what, she could handle anything that was thrown her way. That was until the headaches started.  Initially, she didn’t think anything of it. They weren’t severe and they were infrequent enough that they didn’t worry her. But while she was coping with them, her company made some major structural changes that put more responsibility on her...
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Managing Your Heart Health – Todd’s Story

Managing Your Heart Health – Todd’s Story

At 38 years old, Todd was a relatively fit and healthy man. His job as a Call Service Agent in Edmonton meant that he was sitting for hours at a time, so he made it his priority to exercise for at least thirty minutes most days after work. He had a generally healthy diet, and while he felt that there was always more that he could be doing, he was satisfied with the way that he took care of his body.  When Todd started to experience frequent heartburn, he initially did not understand the pain that he was feeling in his chest and throat. He had never suffered from this...
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Heart Attacks on the Big Screen Leave a False Impression of Real-Life Symptoms

Heart Attacks on the Big Screen Leave a False Impression of Real-Life Sympt...

When we think of heart attacks, we often find ourselves picturing scenes from the movies. We remember that moment in Something’s Gotta Give where Harry (Jack Nicholson) collapses in pain after fooling around with his girlfriend, Marin (Amanda Pete). He flails about, wincing in pain, trying to deter Erica (Diane Keaton) from performing CPR. We think of the moment in The Godfather when Don Vito Corleone collapses suddenly while playing with his grandson in the tomato garden, dying almost instantly. We may even think of the silliness from Monty Python And The Holy Grail...
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Canadian Armed Forces Veterans & the SISIP Long Term Disability Plan

Canadian Armed Forces Veterans & the SISIP Long Term Disability Plan

In 2018, the Liberal government put aside more than $622 million to bail out the LTD plan for Canada’s veterans, as part of the 2018 budget. Like other Canadians who find out that they must fight to recover their disability insurance benefits, veterans are no different, although they appear to also face chronic funding shortages that appear to contribute to claims being denied or cut off prematurely. SISIP stands for the Service Income Security Insurance Plan. The plan is underwritten by Manulife Financial who administer these claims much as they would any LTD plan...