When we think of disabilities, our minds commonly jump to physical disabilities. We think of people in wheelchairs, those with vision loss, hearing impaired, those with cerebral palsy, etc. Our minds tend to gravitate to something tangible we can quantify. But the fact is that invisible disabilities are just as common or more common. What’s more is that a physical disability can often lead to invisible ones, such as depression or anxiety disorders.
Depression affects roughly 8% of all Canadians, including many living in Ottawa. Part of what can make someone more susceptible to depression involves major, destabilizing life changes, including in the form of physical limitations. New or worsening physical limitations can take a huge toll not just on the body but the mind. The results can be dangerous.
A Disability Can Force You to Rethink Your Career Path
So why does this happen? The reasons are many and varied. The onset of physical disabilities can lead to a complete upheaval of one’s life and direction. For many, their disabilities force them to rethink their career path, oftentimes one that’s required a great deal of study or financial investment. The landscaper who has owned his own company for 25 years that now has spinal stenosis and can no longer work. What happens after a diagnosis like that?
Often there’s a loss of direction and purpose. After working for years to get their career on track, being forced to stop due to situations beyond your control is demoralizing. This can also cause a decrease in self-esteem. Becoming disabled for any reason has a profound impact on one’s sense of self. If you were the primary breadwinner in your family and can no longer provide, that affects your self-esteem as much as it does your sense of purpose and direction.
Loss of Autonomy and Self-Esteem
With certain disabilities comes a complete loss of control over one’s own body. Whether due to chronic pain, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, or a myriad of other potential symptoms, you no longer feel like you have a say in what happens to your body. It can feel like being a Nascar driver locked behind the wheel of a car, unable to steer, while driving at 150 km/h. Often this can lead to self-destructive behaviour as a means of coping. This loss of autonomy and decline in self-esteem can lead people down a dark and dangerous rabbit hole that’s sometimes impossible to climb out of.
Feelings of boredom can become toxic if left unchecked. Sadness, frustration, and anger are all healthy emotions, but they can fester and grow into something far more insidious if they’re left unattended.
Mental Health Issues Can Develop
Disability goes beyond what we can see. Often those with physical disabilities develop mental health issues along their road to recovery. At Share Lawyers, we understand the breadth of damage a disability can cause for you and your family. We know there’s more below the surface and are dedicated to helping people get the care they need.
If you have symptoms from a condition or illness that are contributing to declining mental health and not being able to work, you may be able to file more than one claim for disability benefits.
If you are experiencing either physical or invisible disabling symptoms and want support to get your long term disability benefits, please contact our long term disability lawyers today. Share is There.
If you have had your claim for long term disability deniedin Ottawa, contact the long term disability insurance lawyers at Share Lawyers. Our experienced team of long term disability (LTD) lawyers can help. We have recently settled cases against Canada Life, Desjardins, Manulife, RBC Insurance, Sun Life, and many more. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case. Find out if you have a disability case.