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Visiting Hours: Sundeep’s Story

Visiting Hours: Sundeep’s Story

After his stroke, Sundeep knew that there was no way he would be able to return to work. Even though he was out of immediate danger, he was only 48 and had lost much of his ability to walk and talk clearly. It came as such a shock when his long-term disability claim was denied. After many months of fighting with the insurance company and Sundeep’s employer a settlement was reached. Both Sundeep and his family were extremely grateful to Share Lawyers for helping them navigate the complex legal process. The settlement came as a huge relief, and Sundeep knew that he would...
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Facing The Painkillers: Daria’s Story

Facing The Painkillers: Daria’s Story

Everything had started innocently enough. Daria’s back was aching after a long shift at the hospital in Victoria, BC, so she took an over-the-counter painkiller to make sure she’d have enough strength to return to work the next day. The painkillers worked the first few times her back ached but it wasn’t long before the stress (and the pain) started to exceed the medication. The days at the hospital could be exhausting. As a nurse, Daria dealt with one crisis after another, often while navigating heightened emotional situations. Daria slowly escalated from over-the-counter...
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Robin Williams’ Final Days And Battle With Lewy Body Dementia Revealed In New Documentary

Robin Williams’ Final Days And Battle With Lewy Body Dementia Revealed In N...

Lewy Body Dementia, a degenerative brain disease, is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, accounting for approximately 10 percent of all diagnosed cases of dementia in Canada. LBD affects every aspect of a person, with symptoms including impaired thinking, memory loss, tremors, difficulty moving, visual hallucinations, paranoia, depression, and changes in autonomic body functions. With no specific test to diagnose Lewy Body Dementia, and with many of the same signs and symptoms as other forms of dementia, LBD is often misdiagnosed, leading...
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Denied Claim For Contractor With Opioid Addiction

Denied Claim For Contractor With Opioid Addiction

All too often, long-term disability benefit claims are questioned when the cause is listed as addiction. Whether the addiction is in relation to a substance, an activity, or behaviour, it takes a strict adherence of application guidelines and practices for the claim to even be considered. Chief among those requirements is, perhaps one of its most limiting, the need to be enrolled in or show proof of enrollment in a rehabilitation program. Nevertheless, according to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) “mental health issues and addictions are ‘disabilities’ that are...
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Mental Health In The Black Community

Mental Health In The Black Community

As North Americans continue to fight for racial equality following the murder of George Floyd, various shocking statistics have come to light about disparities regarding access to resources for the Black community. Chief among those are the statistics that strongly support claims of severe disparities in terms of quality and access to mental health care for the Black community in both Canada and the United States.  Factoring in the trauma of the pandemic and the ensuing hardship of self-isolation creates a profound need for mental health services for everyone....
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The Impact Of COVID-19 On Anxiety Disorders

The Impact Of COVID-19 On Anxiety Disorders

To say there are misconceptions about anxiety disorders is an understatement. Oftentimes, the general public holds the impression that those with anxiety disorders simply need to relax to solve their problems. That enough yoga or meditation will cure them of their mental illness, and that it’s rooted in a frame of mind. The reality however, is far more complex. Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the broadest anxiety disorder in its class, and, consequently, the most prevalent, affecting approximately 3% of the general population annually. The impact of COVID-19 on...