"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
I'm in late. . . .
While I feel that the Dr's should be the one making diagnosis I can't help but notice this:
Ummm - just why is being depressed worthy of extra sick leave? I don't follow.The Eastern Townships woman was receiving monthly sick-leave benefits from Manulife, her insurance company, but the payments dried up this fall.
Aside that - To me it seems possible she was fooling the system - people fake injuries, illnesses, conditions and pain all the time, while going to the Dr routinely and the Dr confirming their condition, to fraud insurance companies. . . while depression might be harder to judge or determine because people's moods swing - I don't see that it makes her any more or less apt to fraud, and so the scruitiny and denial makes sense to a degree.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
Points to, maybe. But it's not a diagnosis.Of course we are all only guessing and this point as to the true health of this woman, but the amount of time and treatment that she has received, this tells me she should be more then ready to return to work. The pictures, the fact that she was even confident enough to go on vacation, and leave her saftey zone, this also points to recovery.
If being depressed were a valid excuse for not working I wouldn't have worked a day in the Marines.
I am commenting on the business end of this issue, the amount of time that has passed, the help already received, the pictures of a happy, healthy woman frolicking on the beach........I side with the insurance company, I believe they made a rational, reasonable decision.
I'm trying to see both sides here. No, I don't believe a diagnosis can be made by pictures on the internet. However, I think the insurance company should be able to reevaluate her case and have another assessment after a period of time by a qualified professional. The pictures should at least open up this issue.
Its always possible that her initial evaluation could be incorrect and they are treating her for the wrong illness. For instance, this person may be bi-polar and you're seeing photos of her when she's in the manic phase. There's an assumption they've ruled out anything medical, but still? But I really think you need more details to make a good judgment on this. Depression often can respond to treatment. Perhaps the current treatment is not working and needs adjustment?
Also shouldn't the insurance company have notified her of a change in her status?