Psych Meds and Heat Don’t Mix

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The Philadelphia Enquirer writes today about the potentially disastrous combination of summer heat and psychiatric (and other) medication. The article cautions those taking medications to stay cool and well-hydrated (with water: not Red Bull or beer).

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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  1. “In May, the public health agency published a report stating that in 2010, 106 deaths in the city (Montreal)were likely caused by heat waves.”

    CBC News: Montreal – July 21, 2011

    at 02:20 of the 30:42 broadcast “about 30 of the 106 deaths were mentally ill.”

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