Psych Meds and Heat Don’t Mix


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].


  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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