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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...
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What does Joker have to say about mental illness?

What does Joker have to say about mental illness?

Joaquin Phoenix has received nearly universal acclaim for his award-winning turn as Arthur Fleck – aka the Joker – in one of the most talked-about movies of 2019. Under the direction of Todd Phillips, Joker showed audiences how an aspiring stand-up comic slowly grew into the titular supervillain after a long struggle with mental illness. Yet despite the warm response to Phoenix’s performance, the reception to the film itself has been far more uneven. That’s particularly true with regards to Joker’s controversial depiction of mental health. Fans of the film view it as an...
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Why Did the Insurance Company Reject My Mental Health Claim?

Why Did the Insurance Company Reject My Mental Health Claim?

For Marcia, depression was simply a fact of life. Though she had always struggled with the day-to-day realities, she’d worked tirelessly to find ways to manage it over the years. She finally felt like she had things more or less under control by the time she reached her 30s. Then she got pregnant – and an event that she hoped would bring her joy upended her life in ways that she never would have expected. Marcia experienced severe prenatal and postpartum depression, and her symptoms persisted a full four years after her child was born. Managing postpartum depression...