St. Liam’s offers treatment for SAD

first_imgStudents depressed by continual snowfall, below-freezing temperatures and cloudy skies can seek refuge in the Inner Resources Room in St. Liam Hall, University Health Services staff psychologist Wendy Settle said. Settle said every year thousands of Americans fall victim to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of clinical depression that emerges during the long and dark winter months. Research shows people need a certain amount of sunlight to maintain their well-being. Settle said light absorbed by the body stops the production of melatonin, a hormone produced to help the body sleep. During the winter, people are drowsier because the body produces more melatonin with fewer hours of daylight. “We become almost like a bear hibernating,” she said. Symptoms of SAD include depression, fatigue, irritability and weight gain, according to Settle. About one to two percent of Americans experience severe symptoms, while 10 to 25 percent encounter the “winter blues,” a watered-down version of SAD with milder symptoms, such as over-eating and over-sleeping. Victims of SAD and the winter blues typically reside in the middle latitude regions of the United States, Settle said. As residents of South Bend, students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s are extremely vulnerable. The Inner Resources Room, located on the third floor of St. Liam Hall, was designed specifically to help students suffering from winter depression on campus. In addition to a massage chair, negative ion therapy and a mini waterfall hanging on the wall, the Inner Resources Room offers light therapy. The Light Box provides full spectrum light with no UV rays. While the large lamp does not tan skin at all, Settle said the light box rejuvenates students suffering from depression with its artificial sunlight. The Inner Resources Room has one Light Box on hand as well two others available for rental. Settle said thirty minutes per day could snap light box users out of their winter funk. Most patients use light therapy in the early morning hours, Settle said. “[The light box] is best to use in the morning,” she said, “because it tricks your body into thinking your day has been extended.” Benefits of light therapy include higher energy levels, better concentration, fewer mood swings and a better night’s sleep. The Inner Resources Room is available for students, faculty and staff without any recommendation or official diagnosis from a doctor. Patients start to feel a difference in as little as three to four days, and research shows light therapy’s effectiveness rate is similar to antidepressants, Settle said. Light therapy can benefit an individual feeling the effects of SAD but Settle said professional treatment is still the best option for anyone suffering depression. “Anyone with symptoms of SAD should be evaluated by a physician to determine the best treatment option,” she said.last_img read more

Pirates Fall To Jets In Boys Soccer

first_imgOn Thursday evening, the Greensburg Pirates hosted the Hauser Jets in what would be the final home game for the Pirates. Seniors Jake Buening, Brady Niles, Francis Teague, Jose Rosales, Jordan Kramer, Aaron Sia, Logan Yeager, Andrew Schroeder, and Drew Reiger were all honored before the game and thanked for their effort over the years as members of the Greensburg soccer team.Goalie, Drew Reiger got the scoring started for the Pirates midway through the first half. A handball in the box allowed for a Pirates penalty kick and the Greensburg goalie was called upon to take it. It was Reiger’s first career goal. The Jets were able to answer back and tie the score up before halftime, but just before the end of the first half, Francis Teague played a cross into the Jets’ penalty box and Jose Rosales was able to finish with the header. The Pirates took a 2-1 lead into halftime.Throughout the second half, the Pirates had some more scoring opportunities with shots coming from Jordan Kramer, Jake Buening, Brady Niles and Francis Teague, but none were able to slip past the Hauser goalie. Hauser was able to grab two more goals before the game ended, Greensburg lost a hard fought match 3-2.Next game for Greensburg is their sectional opener against East Central, Wednesday, October 7th at 5pm. The match will take place in Batesville.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

Santana saves the day as Angels advance to ALCS

first_imgANAHEIM – Biggest game of his life, biggest game of the Angels’ season, and 22-year-old Ervin Santana stood on the mound before thousands at Angel Stadium and millions watching on television … and smiled from ear to ear. The only thing standing in his way from becoming an instant Angel legend was the New York Yankees, who know a thing or two about postseason success. Whereas the Angels’ best hitter (Vladimir Guerrero) did not drive in a run the entire series, and their best pitcher (Bartolo Colon) did not get a victory, it was their rookie from the Dominican Republic who stared into the eyes of Yankees stars like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Gary Sheffield, laughing all the way to a 5-3 Angels victory in Game 5 of the American League Division Series, sending them to the American League Championship Series against the White Sox beginning tonight in Chicago. Santana took center stage when Colon had to leave the game one batter into the second inning because of an inflamed right shoulder. Colon, the leading candidate to win the AL Cy Young Award, has been bothered by a sore back the past few weeks, but lasted only 23 pitches before leaving the game, putting the Angels’ season in the hands of a skinny pitcher who began the season at Double-A Arkansas. Santana didn’t blink. About to begin the fourth inning, he ran out to the mound, looked around and flashed a big, toothy grin. Why? “Nobody said anything,” Santana said. “I was just happy. That’s it.” Santana gave up three runs and five hits in 5— innings, and most importantly got to the seventh inning with a lead to give to the bullpen. Kelvim Escobar pitched 1— scoreless innings, before handing the ball to closer Francisco Rodriguez with two outs in the eighth. Rodriguez got out of the eighth inning, but faced the top of the Yankees order in the ninth. Jeter led off with a single, but the key play of the inning came when Alex Rodriguez hit into a 5-4-3 double play. Jason Giambi and Sheffield followed with singles, but Rodriguez finished it, thanks to Darin Erstad’s diving stop of Hideki Matsui’s grounder. Erstad flipped to Rodriguez and the Angels celebrated. “Unbelievable, unbelievable,” champagne-soaked Angels owner Arte Moreno said. “(Santana’s) got great poise for a young man to pitch like that. You could tell Colon’s heart was broken to have to come out of there. But Santana stepped up, Escobar stepped up and Frankie shut it down.” Santana, possibly too excited, walked the first two batters he faced in the second inning and both scored to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. But the Angels scored five runs in the next two innings against Yankees starter Mike Mussina, and Santana settled in. “He’s so relaxed,” Angels shortstop Orlando Cabrera said of Santana. “I try to teach these kids, enjoy yourself, it’s what it’s all about. Be happy, the whole world is watching you. There’s no reason to be nervous. There’s nowhere to go but up.” Santana gave up a home run to Jeter to lead off the seventh, got Rodriguez on a grounder to short and was finished. Before leaving, Santana smiled again after Erstad whispered something in his ear. “I don’t even remember what I said,” Erstad said. “He laughs all the time.” Adam Kennedy had the game-breaking blow for the Angels offense, a two-run triple in the third inning in which Yankees outfielders Bubba Crosby and Sheffield collided trying to catch the ball at the fence in right-center, giving the Angels a 3-2 lead. Garret Anderson got the Angels on the scoreboard leading off the inning with a home run, and the Angels added two more runs in the third with good situational hitting and aggressive baserunning. Yankees pitcher Randy Johnson, who was booed off the field at Yankee Stadium after giving up five runs in three innings Friday night, replaced Mussina and shut the Angels out for 4— innings. The Angels had one opportunity against Johnson, putting runners on second and third with one out in the sixth before Johnson closed the door. While the offense was big enough for the Angels, nothing and nobody was bigger than Santana, who was called upon to save the Angels when their best pitcher went down. While the sellout crowd groaned upon Colon’s departure, Erstad said the Angels went about business as usual. “We’ve had a lot of practice with adversity like this,” he said. “We don’t worry about it, we keep playing. We’re fortunate to have guys who never quit.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018: Unbeaten India look to continue momentum vs unpredictable Pakistan

first_imgPakistan hopes to have learned its lesson from a heavy group-stage loss to India when the two rivals meet again in the Asia Cup on Sunday, this time at the Super Four stage.After the group defeat, Pakistan narrowly avoided humiliation when Sarfraz Ahmed’s team beat Afghanistan in its opening Super Four match with just three balls to spare in Abu Dhabi. Also Friday, in Dubai, India easily beat Bangladesh by seven wickets.India thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets with 21 overs to spare in their last encounter and will take confidence from that win into Sunday’s game at Dubai International Stadium. The same stadium hosts the final on Friday.Pakistan fan, who sang Indian anthem in match vs India, has another plan for SundayPakistan still appears annoyed by India playing only in Dubai, while other teams face a nearly 90-minute bus journey for some matches in Abu Dhabi. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has also criticized this arrangement.It was a very ordinary performance from Pakistan: Wasim AkramAhmed said earlier in the tournament: “I believe things should be even for all teams, whether that’s India, Pakistan or anyone else. If matches are played in Abu Dhabi, then all teams must play a game or two there.”India vs Pakistan: Highlights | As it happened | PhotosDefending champion India, despite losing Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur to injury during the tournament, has looked the strongest team so far. India is expected to field the same lineup that defeated Bangladesh.advertisementAsia Cup 2018: Sunil Gavaskar impressed with Rohit Sharma’s captaincyPakistan dropped struggling fast bowler Mohammed Amir against Afghanistan, but he may be recalled after the team’s unconvincing bowling display. Left-arm medium-pacer Shaheen Afridi took two wickets against Afghanistan, but the newcomer might not be risked against the experienced Indian batting lineup.Bhuvneshwar was confident against Pakistan despite nervous injury return vs Hong KongIndia’s bowling unit has played well in the conditions apart from conceding an opening 174-run stand against Hong Kong.Pakistan crumbled under pressure vs India, says Harbhajan SinghIndia captain Rohit Sharma, who has scored 52 and an unbeaten 83 in the last two matches, expressed satisfaction with his bowling attack.”The bowlers have done a very good job and stuck to their plans. Spinners (Yuzvendra) Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav) did not get any wickets (against Bangladesh), but they are allowed a day off and (Ravindra) Jadeja stepped up with four wickets,” Sharma said.Comprehensive – How was that for a performance. #TeamIndia clinch the 2nd ODI against Pakistan by 8 wickets #AsiaCup #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/3n2BqCKbuqBCCI (@BCCI) September 19, 2018″It is a big match for us again and we just hope to recover well and continue to repeat the same performance against Pakistan.”On Wednesday, Pakistan once again travels to Abu Dhabi for its last Super Four match against Bangladesh, a day after India plays Afghanistan in Dubai.Squads:India – Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, M.S. Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, K. Khaleel AhmedPakistan – Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain/ wicket-keeper), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir(With AP inputs)last_img read more