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Smart Talk: Winter got you down?; Psychology of Olympic athletes

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 2, 2014 3:54 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, February 3, 2014:

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Central Pennsylvania is just emerging from more than two weeks of extremely cold weather.  Mix in snow storms every few days that ranged from a dusting to 10 inches and this winter is probably the worst the region has experienced in the last few years.

The cold and the snow have kept many people indoors more often and for longer periods of time than usual.  Even though there's still almost two months of winter left, cabin fever and the feeling of being cooped up is starting to set in.

Some may even have what could be described as the "winter blues."  They feel depressed and don't have a lot of energy.

Then there are 18.8 million Americans who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD.  Their symptoms may be even more serious and may not have anything to do with the temperatures or snow but are more influenced by the shorter days of winter and less light.

Smart Talk examines SAD and the winter blues on Monday's program with Dr. Erika Saunders, Director of the Mood Disorder Program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Also, the 2014 Winter Olympics begin later this week in Sochi, Russia.

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Before the games have begun most of the talk has centered on threats of terrorism and security.

It's just one more thing the athletes have been thinking about in addition to travel and preparing to face a high level of competition.

Scott Foulkrod, who teaches a course on sports psychology, appears on Monday's Smart Talk.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-02-03 09:18

    Jody emails:

    Excellent show!

    I just moved here six months ago from sunny Florida and I find myself much more moody, cranky, and sometimes really blue for no reason. Is this from the big change in sunlight? It only started over the winter.

    Thanks Scott! love the station!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-02-03 09:47

    Steve emails:

    What is the current research say about the value of nutritional & alternative therapies for Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially, saffron extract, 5- hydroxytryptothan (5-HTP) S-Adenosyl methionine (SAM-e), low dose lithium (120 mg lithium oratate), St. John’s Wort & Vitamin-D as well as alternative therapies like using a tanning salon for light therapy?