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

Miss Vanjie fans keep sending her videos of them saying Vanjie during

first_img‘Miss… Vanjie’ | Photo: RPDR ‘If I’m able to make people relate and express themselves, and I inspire them to do whatever they might want to do – even if it’s Barbie or flowers on a corset – I think it’s great,’ she said.‘Growing up, I had Britney Spears… So for them to have RuPaul’s Drag Race is great as we can show them that you get to be yourself.[embedded content]‘There’s always hope when you get to grow up, you get to dress and up and do whatever you want to do. You don’t have someone telling you what to do.’Pre-order the September 2018 issue of Gay Times at gaytimes.co.uk/buy.Andrew Garfield adorably fangirls over Drag Race’s Miss Vanjie Andrew Garfield adorably fangirls over Drag Race’s Miss VanjieWhat if Donald Trump was gay? He won’t be married….Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/miss-vanjie-fans-keep-sending-her-videos-of-them-saying-vanjie-during-sex/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Miss Vanjie fans keep sending her videos of themselves having sex saying ‘Miss Vanjie…’, the RPDR star has revealed. GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . She says: ‘Fans love to send me videos of them being in an intimate setting with somebody else, and then say my name in the middle of them having sex. It’s so weird. It’s the freakiest fucking thing.’The queen became a viral star when she was eliminated from Drag Race earlier this year, saying ‘Vanjie…’ as she left the stage.She furthermore added: ‘I would not want somebody saying the ‘Vanjie’ bullshit in the middle of intercourse.’‘For me, I would automatically get turned off and get really soft, so I don’t get why saying my name during the session became a thing,’ MV told Gay Times.‘If I’m able to make people express themselves, it’s great’The star also spoke about being an inspiration to LGBTI youth in her interview. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more