Dr Nithya Anandan suggests the heatwave could impact people with mental health conditions

May 12, 2022

As extreme heat hits the UK and forecasts predict conditions reaching over 35 degrees, Dr Nithya Anandan sends a warning to groups 'susceptible to heatstroke'.

Impacting people with mental health conditions more severely, Dr Nithya Anandan said the whole population should take all necessary precautions while the heatwave lasts. Those who suffer from mental health conditions must be extra wary as they are more likely to suffer from heatstroke which is usually the result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures.

"Young children, those over 65 and anyone with pre-existing health conditions should watch out, too".

While care must be taken to prevent physical harm, protecting one's emotional stability in periods of heat is equally important, said Dr Anandan, adding that "aggressive" behaviour is quite common on particularly hot days.

Dr Anandan told,

"In general, there is a link between extreme weather and restlessness and irritability, with both of these increasing for those already suffering with existing illnesses.

"Extreme heat can also be linked to aggression, hence the term 'hot-headed'."

"Sunshine and warmth," she added, aren't always equal to "happiness".

The founder and medical director of Optimise Healthcare Group warned,

"People on medication may see increased side effects from the heat, again highlighting the importance of staying cool and safe in the warm weather."

Dr Anandan's advice is in line with that issued by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), which activated its Level 4 heat health alert on Friday 15th July.

Remember to stay cool and hydrated and look out for your family, friends and neighbours with underlying conditions, both physical and mental, and also those who live alone who are particularly at risk. Read more about how to stay safe in a heatwave on the NHS website.

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