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A disability claim can arise as a result of a physical injury or physical or psychological illness. The lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates have experience with representing clients for various physical and psychological illnesses, including short-term and long-term disability claims where people are unable to work as a result of symptoms of various mood disorders.
On March 30, 2019, it is World Bipolar Day (WBD). World Bipolar Day is an annual awareness day and educational initiative, celebrated on the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh (who was thought to have bipolar disorder, and it is thought that there is a link between creativity and bipolar disorder). WBD is meant to bring awareness to bipolar disorder and work towards ending stigma. It is a collaborative effort of multiple bipolar disorder foundations: the Asian Network of Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), and International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD).
The goal of World Bipolar Day is to bring worldwide awareness to bipolar disorder, eliminate social stigma and provide information. Treatment is important for any type of illness, and stigma can prevent people from seeking treatment. Although bipolar disorder is a recognized medical condition, like diabetes or a heart condition, there are many places in the world that still don’t recognize it as an illness.
There are many ways to participate in WBD, which you can learn about on the World Bipolar Day website.
Mood disorders may affect a person’s ability to perform his or her activities of daily living and the ability to perform employment duties. The most common types of mood disorders according to Johns Hopkins Medicine include major depression, dysthymia (chronic low-grade depression), bipolar disorder, mood disorder related to another health condition (i.e. cancer) or substance induced mood disorder.
Bipolar disorder is considered a brain disorder. It causes unusual fluctuations in mood, energy, activity levels and one’s ability to carry out daily activities. It involves a “high” state, called mania or hypomania (depending on which type of bipolar disorder), a “low” state (depression) and a “well” state, where the person feels “well” and does not have difficulties functioning. According to the WBD website, it is estimated that the global prevalence of bipolar disorder is between 1 and 2% and may be as high as 5%. As well, according to the World Health Organization, it is the sixth leading cause of disability in the world.
World Bipolar Day is important because stigma or discrimination attached to mental illnesses presents a serious barrier, not only to diagnosis and treatment but also to acceptance in the community. Consider the fact that 46% of Canadians think people use the term mental illness as an excuse for bad behaviour, and 27% say they would be fearful of being around someone who suffers from serious mental illness.
Some other facts to consider are that 2% of the world’s population is affected by serious mental illness. One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime and 1% of Canadians will experience a bipolar disorder in their lifetime. Mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague and mental illness affects people of all ages, educational and income levels, and cultures.
For more information about bipolar disorders, the Canadian Psychological Association recommends visiting the following websites:
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