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March 28th, 2020
Liberal Local News

While limited to just 10, group plans to address depression

depressionCourtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


Statistics show major depressive disorder affects approximately 17.3 million American adults, or about 7.1 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older, in any given year, and 1.9 million children, ages 3 to 17 have diagnosed depression.

Further numbers from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) show from 2013 to 2016, 8.1 percent of American adults aged 20 and over had depression in a given 2-week period, and about 80 percent of adults with depression reported at least some difficulty with work, home, and social activities because of their depression.

With such numbers nationwide, The Classy Rack wants to help those suffering from depression in Liberal. The store will be hosting an 8-week depression recovery class starting Monday, with each session starting at 6:30 p.m.

“We’ll be addressing causes of depression one by one and how to counter those causes and get through your depression. A lot of times people think ‘I’m depressed, I need an antidepressant pill,’ but for many, taking that antidepressant doesn’t fully cure them, it just covers up the symptoms and ends up not being the right solution,” Classy Rack Owner Peggy Lloyd said. “And unless you get to the root of the problem and deal with that, it’s very hard to recover from your depression. We’ll have a kind of survey that will go through different areas of your life where you might have suffered something that would cause depression, and those include genetic factors (which people really can’t do anything about as far as prevention), developmental factors (the way you were raised and how you grew up), lifestyle factors (the way you choose to live), circadian rhythms, nutrition and diet, toxic factors (maybe you were exposed to some heavy metals or other toxic substances), addiction factors, social factors, medical conditions and possible frontal lobe injuries (an injury that happened to the front of your head). With that, the frontal lobe is really the control center of the brain and if you’ve taken a hit to that area either in a contact sport or some other situation, that will have an effect on you. Those will be some of the things we’ll be addressing.”


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Will there be a Bee Jays season?

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With the cancellation of sports across America for the spring season, that left summer programs up in the air, including Liberal’s summer tradition of the Bee Jay baseball program.

The Bee Jays have played continuously since 1955, but the coronavirus has caused other sports programs to end, including the NCAA National Basketball Tournament.

According to Bee Jay President Todd King, the season has not yet been canceled.

“As the season is not scheduled to begin until early June, at this time there are no plans to make any changes to the 66th season of Bee Jay baseball,” King stated in a release. “If necessary, adjustments will be made accordingly.”

The first concern is the health and safety of those involved with the program.

“The main interest right now is the health of our players, fans, and all of our dedicated Bee Jay supporters,” King said. “We will continue to communicate with local health officials and comply with local, state, and federal government guidelines concerning social distancing.”

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History has its eyes on us

GUEST COLUMN, Dr. Jill Kruse, Prairie Doc


History has its eyes on you. That is a quote from the popular musical "Hamilton," but as we are dealing with a global pandemic it also applies to all of us.  The year 2020 is going to be remembered someday in history books.  How it will be remembered is in part, up to us.  Will this year go down in history as a time of great selfishness – with people hoarding masses of toilet paper and masks?  Will this year go down as a time when we all came together to help our neighbors through this scary and uncertain time? 

There are heartwarming stories of people in Italy singing from their windows at night.  All these voices raised up together to bring hope and a small spark of joy.  Even though they are separated physically by the quarantine, they unite in spirit and in song.  In the United States there have been reports of neighborhoods that are connecting on social media to see who on their block needs resources.  They assign “team leads” to check in with each family to see if they need anything.  The “team lead” arranges for someone in the neighborhood to deliver groceries and medications to the doorsteps of the elderly or those quarantined. 

Families are home eating together each night.  Activities have been cancelled and the normal day to day busyness has gone away.  At my own home, board games are being pulled out of the closet, books are being read more, and family movie night is a regular occurrence.  There is no rushing to get out the door to this activity or that event.  In the midst of the fear and the uncertainty, I am trying to savor the quiet moments at home with those I love most.