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Seeing the Beauty in the World: How Dakota Johnson Deals with Depression

Seeing the Beauty in the World: How Dakota Johnson Deals with Depression

In many ways, it’s never been easier to talk about mental health. People from all walks of life have been increasingly candid about their struggles with mental illness, and that, in turn, gives other people the strength they need to share their own experiences.  However, there is still a certain amount of stigma associated with depression. Many people still (wrongly) believe that the condition is in some way a barrier to success as if those with depression will not be able to reach the same heights as those without. Thankfully, it’s getting more difficult to maintain...
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Challenges of Living with Hearing Loss during COVID-19

Challenges of Living with Hearing Loss during COVID-19

Written by Samantha Share During these challenging times, it is clear that many individuals and families are suffering, and for that, I am saddened and proud that Share Lawyers can support some people in need (specifically those with disabilities). Today, I want to talk about a new challenge that has come up for the population of people who are hard of hearing or deaf, and I can speak to that because I have a hearing loss.  People who experience hearing loss are faced with a whole new level of challenges now that social distancing and mask-wearing safety precautions...
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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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Why It’s Important for Celebs to Talk About Mental Health Struggles

Why It’s Important for Celebs to Talk About Mental Health Struggles

For many people, the sense of isolation can be one of the most daunting things about dealing with a mental health condition.  That’s why it can be a relief to discover that other people – including those who are highly successful – have been through their own battles with mental health. Everyone’s individual journey is unique, but mental health issues are relatively common. Knowing that other people have faced similar obstacles can make your own task feel a little less intimidating. The challenge is to find a way to escape your own bubble and to connect with people...
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Loneliness in a World of Social Distancing

Loneliness in a World of Social Distancing

More than 37 million people are living in Canada, yet many Canadians have never felt more alone as they do in the unprecedented times of COVID-19. The Angus Reid Institute and the Cardus think tank collaborated on a recent study that found that before the pandemic, an astonishing 23 percent of the country experienced extreme loneliness and social isolation. Imagine the number in the time since.  The mandatory measures currently in place restricting people from visiting their friends and loved ones have no doubt ushered in new mental health challenges stemming from...
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How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

How To Help Loved Ones During COVID-19

As the world adjusts to the new, albeit temporary normal of COVID-19, we are learning how to go about our daily lives while practicing safe self-isolation and adhering to proper social distancing standards. But what if you have a loved one with a disability that needs your help? There is no simple trick, but there are options that can help.  Grocery Delivery Services Major supermarkets have invaluable resources such as online grocery ordering either for pickup or delivery, depending on the location. Loblaws’ Instacart service, Longo’s Grocery Gateway, No...