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Five Things You Can Do To Help Your Chronic Pain

Five Things You Can Do To Help Your Chronic Pain

Chronic pain can be so debilitating it can feel like it dominates every aspect of your life. Here are some steps you can take to deal with your chronic pain. Exercise Although it may seem counterproductive, exercise can help with chronic pain. Exercise produces endorphins, which act on the opiate receptors in our brains. Endorphins help to reduce pain and increase pleasure, causing a feeling of well-being. Ask your doctor about what kinds of exercise might be best for your specific situation. They can give you advice on the best types of physical activities to help...
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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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An Office Manager Without An Office: Denied Claim For Migraines

An Office Manager Without An Office: Denied Claim For Migraines

Celine is a 32 year old office manager that felt like she could handle anything the job could throw at her.  Like many workplaces, Celine’s employer had closed its offices in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and transitioned to a work from home environment at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was understandable, but it completely upended her day-to-day routine, as well as the basic demands of the job and the workflow processes she had developed over the years. This took a toll on Celine’s health. While Celine had experienced migraines in the past, they...
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How Drake’s Creative Partner Learned to Take Care of His MS

How Drake’s Creative Partner Learned to Take Care of His MS

Toronto’s Noah Shebib may not be a household name, but nearly everyone is familiar with his music. Better known as “40,” Shebib is the chief architect of Drake’s signature sound, and he has produced some of the biggest hits of the past decade as the rapper’s right-hand man.   Shebib has also been living with Multiple Sclerosis since he was 22. His condition is one of the few things that can draw him into the spotlight. After he received his diagnosis, Shebib spent the next 10 years largely ignoring his MS, neglecting to take his medication as he toured the world...
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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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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...