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Suffering from Agoraphobia, Long Term Disability Benefits Denied

Suffering from Agoraphobia, Long Term Disability Benefits Denied

Alice generally liked to keep to herself. She enjoyed her role as a data analyst and liked her co-workers well enough. She simply found larger social gatherings to be extraordinarily stressful, and usually tried to keep to a smaller circle of trusted friends and co-workers at her office in Regina.  For the most part, that seldom proved to be a problem. Alice had no trouble keeping up with her responsibilities at work, and her colleagues understood her anxiety and tried to respect her boundaries. Everything changed unexpectedly when Alice went through an unusually...
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Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

More than 37 million people are living in Canada, yet many Canadians have never felt more alone. The Angus Reid Institute and the Cardus think tank collaborated on a recent study that found that an astonishing 23 percent of the country experiences extreme loneliness and social isolation. That isolation correlates with many negative side effects that can have an impact on every area of a person’s life.   “Social isolation and loneliness are a symptom of our culture’s obsession with personal autonomy, leaving us living life as ‘I’ instead of ‘we,’” said Cardus...
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A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

Living with a chronic condition can make day-to-day life very difficult, if not unbearable. From one person to the next, each experience is unique, varied mostly by the severity of their condition and their access to help. For those who live alone, it changes things and makes the process of living with a disability even more difficult. Algar, a client of ours, was kind enough to grant us a peek into what a day in his life looks like. 48 years old and living alone in a single room in a house in Toronto, Algar deals with chronic pain. This is what a typical day in his life...
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A Home Invasion Nightmare: Rosie’s Story

A Home Invasion Nightmare: Rosie’s Story

As a contracts associate at a large publishing firm in Vancouver, BC, Rosie was a stickler for details. Her job gave her a sense of purpose when she was able to deliver an airtight document to a client. Everything changed after a burglar broke into her home, although Rosie didn’t realize how much it would affect her at the time. Her roommate had been out of town during the robbery. Rosie, on the other hand, had been asleep in her bedroom and was completely unaware of the burglary as it was happening. She only learned about the crime when the police knocked on her door....
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By the Numbers: Canada’s Growing Awareness of Invisible Disabilities

By the Numbers: Canada’s Growing Awareness of Invisible Disabilities

Invisible disabilities are far more common than many people realize. According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD), more than 2 million Canadians are currently living with a mental health-related disability, and even that number does not fully reflect the scope of the issue. Pain-related conditions are the most common cause of disability for adults over the age of 25, and many of those conditions – including fibromyalgia and arthritis – may not be immediately apparent to a casual observer. Unfortunately, even our best metrics are imperfect. The previous CSD...
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Why won’t my insurance provider recognize my disability?

Why won’t my insurance provider recognize my disability?

Invisible disabilities can be just as debilitating as their more visible counterparts, making it extremely difficult to fulfill the day to day responsibilities of a job. Unfortunately, people with invisible disabilities often face more barriers than people with more evident physical limitations, especially when they choose to file a long term disability claim. Much of that is simply a question of recognition. By definition, invisible disabilities cannot be confirmed with the naked eye. Someone with a mental health issue like PTSD will often seem to be perfectly healthy to...