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    Re: Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos

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    Thanks, Dr. Expert.
    You are quite welcome, just let me know if there are any other glaringly obvious realities I can point out for you.

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    Re: Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos

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    You mean instead of paying you in your salary.
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    Re: Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos

    I'm in late. . . .

    While I feel that the Dr's should be the one making diagnosis I can't help but notice this:

    The Eastern Townships woman was receiving monthly sick-leave benefits from Manulife, her insurance company, but the payments dried up this fall.
    Ummm - just why is being depressed worthy of extra sick leave? I don't follow.

    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.
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    Re: Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackboot View Post
    You are quite welcome, just let me know if there are any other glaringly obvious realities I can point out for you.
    Yeah, mental illness involves obvious things that don't require any expertise whatsoever to understand.

    You have no freaking idea what you're talking about. So stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Ummm - just why is being depressed worthy of extra sick leave? I don't follow.
    I don't know either, but apparently it was covered by her insurance, so she got it. It was a form of employment insurance, like workman's compensation, I guess.

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    Re: Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Yeah, mental illness involves obvious things that don't require any expertise whatsoever to understand.

    You have no freaking idea what you're talking about. So stop.
    Depression is a disorder that can most often times be controlled with a combination of medicine and therapy. I worked at a drug rehabilitation center for two years, I think I have the experience and knowledge to comment on this issue. 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.

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    Re: Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackboot View Post
    Depression is a disorder that can most often times be controlled with a combination of medicine and therapy. I worked at a drug rehabilitation center for two years, I think I have the experience and knowledge to comment on this issue.
    Then you should know better than to diagnose someone based on a news story that gives you nothing more than information about pictures on Facebook. It's absurd. A professional would be fired for doing that. It's why they are allowed to do it and you aren't.

    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.
    Points to, maybe. But it's not a diagnosis.

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    Re: Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos

    If being depressed were a valid excuse for not working I wouldn't have worked a day in the Marines.

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    Re: Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos

    Quote Originally Posted by misterman View Post
    Then you should know better than to diagnose someone based on a news story that gives you nothing more than information about pictures on Facebook. It's absurd. A professional would be fired for doing that. It's why they are allowed to do it and you aren't.



    Points to, maybe. But it's not a diagnosis.
    Well you are not even being honest here, as you split up my post to fit your own agenda, that is what is absurd.

    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.

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    Re: Depressed woman loses benefits over Facebook photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackboot View Post
    Well you are not even being honest here, as you split up my post to fit your own agenda, that is what is absurd.

    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?

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