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With daylight savings time ending this Sunday, it is important to remember how this time change can affect people who experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or increase the risk of depression.
A Danish study found that the change back to standard time increases the number of cases of serious depression that are diagnosed due to the decreased number of daylight hours in the afternoon. Many studies have looked at the importance of receiving enough hours of daylight in the winter months and how to maximize the amount of light during these months. One treatment for seasonal affective disorder is light therapy, and cognitive behavioural therapy has also been found to be beneficial.
There is also a connection between depression and insomnia. Typically, it seems that insomnia develops secondary to depression but research is finding that sleep disturbances do come before onset of depression, and sleep disorders are not necessarily secondary to other disorders.
University of Cambridge researchers have discovered that new anti-inflammatory drugs, typically prescribed to treat autoimmune conditions have anti-depressive effects. These medications are a specific type called “anti-cytokine monoclonal antibodies and cytokine inhibitors”. When the body experiences an infection or virus, the body’s immune system creates a protein called cytokine. The presence of high levels of cytokine indicates the presence of inflammation. The study found that approximately one third of patients who are resistant to typical antidepressants showed evidence of inflammation.
Relating to this is an article that examines whether or not depression has a physical cause, such as inflammation. There is evidence that connects depression to chronic inflammation and the idea that depression is a result of the body trying to “shield” itself from an inflammatory response. This article references other studies where it was found that those with autoimmune conditions were 45% more likely to develop depression. Another interesting finding is that inflammation causes stimulation to the vagus nerve, which connects your gut and brain.
Depression or psychological illness can impact a person’s ability to work. If you or someone you know have been denied long-term disability benefits for any reason, you can contact the law firm of Aaron Waxman and Associates for a free, no obligation initial consultation to learn about your rights as an insured person. We can arrange a consultation at a time and date that is convenient for you.
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