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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...
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Canadian Armed Forces Denied Disability Benefits For PTSD

Canadian Armed Forces Denied Disability Benefits For PTSD

As we well know, invisible illnesses are mired in stigma from both the general population as well as insurance companies. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an often misdiagnosed and heavily misunderstood invisible illness, frequently leads to denied disability claims as a result. Though studies suggest it affects at least 7 in 100 Canadians, we have limited data on the illness and just how many Canadians are living with it without help.  Sam, a 43-year-old member of the Canadian Armed Forces, is just one of them. After years of working in the field, helping her...
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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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Denial Of PTSD Based on Insufficient Medical Evidence

Denial Of PTSD Based on Insufficient Medical Evidence

Jessica was always a creature of habit. A fan of routine, she’d been following the same one every day for the past decade. She’d start her day with a coffee and a lift to work from her husband. She’d sit on the same park bench every lunch, and then walk home when the day was done to get her exercise in. In fact, it was this walk home that was her favourite part of her day as it gave her time to relax and focus on herself.  Then, one day, she was attacked on her evening walk home. Someone had crept out from behind a nearby building, grabbed her, and threatened her...
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A Star is Reborn: How Lady Gaga Handles Chronic Pain & Mental Health

A Star is Reborn: How Lady Gaga Handles Chronic Pain & Mental Health

In many cases, pain is only half the battle. Dealing with a chronic condition will often take a severe toll on someone’s mental health, and that remains as true for Lady Gaga as it does for everyone else. The celebrated pop star elaborated on some of those mental health issues during a recent sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. While Lady Gaga has been quite candid about her struggles with fibromyalgia in the past, the interview provided more context and gave fans a better understanding of its mental impact. She was particularly forthcoming about a psychotic break that...
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Mental Health Resources During Times of Isolation

Mental Health Resources During Times of Isolation

Due to the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people now find themselves dealing with an unexpected and unfamiliar set of circumstances. Old routines no longer make sense – and are no longer safe – during a period of significant social distancing. That means that everyone has to find ways to adjust to the new reality. The thought of working from home may initially seem appealing, but any residence can start to feel cramped when you’re no longer allowed to leave. Many people rely on their social and professional networks to maintain a sense of normalcy. You lose a...