The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates are experienced with Disability, Personal Injury and Employment claims.
As long-term disability lawyers, we recognize that depression and other types of psychological illnesses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and anxiety disorders can render a person unable to work as psychological symptoms can interfere with various aspects of a person’s life.
Psychological illnesses can affect a person’s ability to concentrate, interact with co-workers, level of self-confidence, ability to multi-task, energy levels, ability to sleep amongst other symptoms.
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
In the late fall/winter months, there are fewer hours of sunshine per day. Some people experience what is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that is related to the change in seasons. Typically, SAD occurs in the fall and continues into the winter months but can occur in the spring and summer months. Symptoms can start as mild and become more severe the further we get into the season.
What Are the Symptoms?
According to the Mayo Clinic, seasonal affective disorder is a subtype of major depression.
Symptoms of major depression can be a part of seasonal affective disorder and include:
There are also symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD and spring/summer SAD.
Symptoms specific to winter seasonal affective disorder include:
With seasonal affective disorder, the signs and symptoms tend to appear and disappear at the same time each year.
Who Does SAD Affect?
According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, risk factors for developing seasonal affective disorder include:
Seasonal affective disorder affects people with mood disorders, in particular, bipolar disorder. Fall/Winter SAD can trigger depression and spring/summer can bring symptoms of mania or hypomania.
What Causes SAD?
While the exact cause of SAD is unknown, it is felt that possible causes involve the reduced level of sunlight in the fall and winter as it disrupts the body’s internal clock (which controls sleep-wake patterns) and it disturbs the functions of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that affects mood.
Mental Health Awareness
Next week, a Canada wide mental health awareness day, Bell Let’s Talk is taking place on January 29,2020. Stay tuned for our next blog post to learn more about the importance of mental health awareness, why we participate and how you can participate.
If you have experienced a denial of short term or long term disability benefits, for any reason, it is important to know that you can fight your insurance company’s decision. Contact an experienced disability lawyer as soon as possible so you can be advised of your rights and obligations as an insured person.
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