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

CBL title is worth the wait for Rialto

first_imgRIALTO – It took a little longer than planned, but Rialto got its title. “It feels great,” Rialto soccer star Juan Bengoa said after his team’s 2-0 victory against Redlands. “I’ve been waiting four years to play for the title in my senior year.” It didn’t work. Rialto dominated play for the balance of the match, with several shots bouncing off the post or barely missing wide. Finally, Memo Oliveros right-footed one in from the front of the goal in the 75th minute, clinching the match and Rialto’s third consecutive CBL championship. “We knew Redlands was going to come out and play aggressively,” Danesh said. “They beat us the first time at their place, but we had the home-field advantage this time around and we were motivated. It feels good to win it.” Danesh complimented the play of Rialto center midfielder Bengoa and stopper Andy Contreras.Rivas was disappointed with the outcome, but knows the Terriers have a bright future. “We only have five seniors, so we’re in good shape,” he said. “We wanted to win the CBL this season, but we fell one step short.Rialto is a solid team and they’ve won three straight titles now, so that’s a tremendous accomplishment.” GIRLS CITRUS BELT LEAGUE REV 4, Miller 0 Erin Rhodes, Kelsey Gudgeon and Briana Campos each scored as the Wildcats (19-2-2, 13-0-1) defeated the Rebels to earn their third league title in the past four years. SUNKIST LEAGUE Kaiser 4, Bloomington 3 Stephany Monroe scored two goals as the Cats (17-2-3, 7-1-2) earned their first league title in school history and first playoff berth in their win over the Bruins. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The triumph under the lights clinched the Citrus Belt League championship for Rialto (20-5-1 overall, 12-2 league). Redlands (10-8-3, 9-3-2) could have tied for the title with a victory. The match was delayed for an hour after the officials, who worked the junior varsity match and were supposed to officiate the varsity as well, wound up leaving early. center_img Rialto athletic director Frank Camacho said there was an incident in the junior varsity match involving Redlands and that one of the officials said something “inappropriate” to the Redlands side. “I don’t know the full details,” Camacho said, “but we thought it was best to get two more refs.” After a long delay, two new officials arrived and the varsity match began. The match was evenly contested until Bengoa took a corner kick in front of the Redlands net and headed the ball in. Only a victory would give Redlands a share of the title and Terriers coach Claudio Rivas went from a 4-4-2 to a more aggressive 3-4-3 offense after Bengoa’s goal. last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Youth Council have teamed up with Donegal GAA star Ryan McHugh to launch a new road safety initiative highlighting the dangers of mobile phone use while driving.Ryan McHughRyan is the new Donegal GAA Ambassador for Road Safety and will be teaming up for a new poster campaign with Youth Councillors from all across the county, which will be launched in schools and other locations.Donegal Youth Council are members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group and have been involved in a number of road safety initiatives this year, and are set to launch their 3rd road safety advertisement targeting drink driving. GAA STAR TO LAUNCH SAFETY MESSAGE FOR DONEGAL YOUTH COUNCIL was last modified: September 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Youth CouncilRad Safety MessageRyan McHughlast_img read more