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Emotional Distress, Depression and Disability

August 25, 2014
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Who-Is-the-Smallest-Woman-in-the-WorldIt has been a few weeks since news of Robin Williams’ suicide shook the world. The sudden death of the beloved comedian brought important questions to light. One of the most common questions has been “why?” Why did the talented star take his life?

Another question that recently surfaced directly affects people in Canada’s disability community. In the wake of this high profile suicide, many people wonder when emotional distress becomes a disability.

If you experience thoughts of hurting yourself or another person, support and care are available to you. Click here to locate your province’s suicide hotline: http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/canada-suicide-hotlines.html. Please don’t hesitate to get the help you deserve.

Depression is a slippery slope. In many cases, “feeling blue” may actually be a serious mood disorder or mental illness. Unfortunately, being diagnosed with clinical depression is a long, drawn out process. This is because experiencing symptoms of depression does not always classify someone as having a disability. However, the effect depression has on daily functions might be considered disabling.

Have you experienced disabling symptoms from depression of emotional distress? What was this experience like for you? If you feel comfortable, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post.

Symptoms of depression, like suicidal thoughts, thoughts of harming others, loss of concentration, weight loss or gain, eating disorders, substance abuse issues and more can impact behaviour and lead to a mental illness diagnosis. Symptoms of depression can also restrict daily living activities and cause a person to fall into financial despair. This can result in depending on family members to support basic living needs.

When topics of mental illness arise, people are quick to assume there is no financial support available. Contrary to popular belief, depressed individuals with ongoing pain and inability to function in mainstream society may qualify for the Disability Tax Credit. In Canada, people with disabilities may be eligible to receive annual tax breaks to supplement their incomes.

The National Benefit Authority assists people with mental illnesses, including severe, debilitating depression. Benefit Specialists guide them through the application process that makes it possible to receive up to $40,000 from government. Free consultations are available and, for a limited time, The National Benefit Authority is waiving the $25 application fee.

Click here to learn more about the Disability Tax Credit and The National Benefit Authority’s “Give Back” Promotion: http://www.thenba.ca/free-consultation/.

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