Although the winter months bring the warmth of happy holidays for many, they can also have a significantly negative effect on others. Due to the lack of natural light, some people can experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that can manifest itself in a number of different ways. While it can be difficult to function or know what options are available to those experiencing the disorder, there are possible methods of addressing the situation by means of Social Security Disability benefits.
When looking at the legitimacy of SAD claims, we can look back to the case of a teacher in Somerset, WI. The teacher requested numerous times to be moved from a windowless room because of SAD but was denied by the school district. Eventually, a court of appeals ruled in favor of the teacher, bringing legitimacy to the condition and those affected by it.
If you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance through the Social Security Administration and SAD is preventing you from being able to obtain, perform or keep a job, you may be covered. Even though the Social Security Administration does not list specific disorders, it can prove that the disorder is keeping you from work, it may be considered a qualifying medical condition.
Those suffering from mental disorders such as Seasonal Affective Disorder should not think there are no options available to them. Seeking assistance from an experienced attorney those in such situations navigate the proper path, hopefully leading to a positive outcome that will allow for a healthy lifestyle moving forward.
Source: Official Social Security Website, “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security, Mental Disorders – Adult, ” accessed on Oct. 30, 2015