S.A.D. is where you don’t get enough sunlight in the winter and you feel depressed. There was a case recently settled last October where a teacher sued her employer for not accommodating her seasonal affective disorder by failing to provide her a classroom with natural light - and she won.
With jobs being at a premium, I’m wondering who would be stupid enough to call off sick with S.A.D. Can you also imagine the strain on employers who have to deal with the kind of economy we are currently experiencing, and then they have to deal with this kind of crap as well? I grew up in the northeast. I went for months in the winter without seeing the sun. Guess what? I’m still alive.
I also heard recently that a prominent sports figure took a leave of absence because he has S.A.D. Not the winter blues kind, another kind. It’s called Society Anxiety Disorder. Don’t even get me started on this one. It seems we have a syndrome or disorder that covers everything now-a-days, and a prescription to combat it, or at least keep it in check with a steady supply of your drug of choice.
Can you imagine if the “Greatest Generation” had succumbed to this kind of nonsense during the Second World War? We’d be speaking German on the east coast and Japanese on the west right now.
Of course, we’re no worse off than the British. They recently instituted a “Bully Hotline” FOR ADULTS, who feel like their boss is being mean to them, in light of recent news stories about their Prime Minister Brown being less than cordial with his staff. I guess the famous “stiff upper lip” of the British, is now a “quivering” one. Boo- freaking- hoo. Welcome to the 21st century, lads.