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Extreme heat can make you depressed, aggressive

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-26 09:25:21-04

We always hear how important it is to stay hydrated in this extreme heat to take care of our bodies. But experts are warning this heat also takes a toll on our minds.

"The heat can definitely affect your mental health," said Illuminations Counseling CEO Stefanie Hui, MSCP. "If you think about the connection between your physical status and mental status, it's very connected. You feel that whole your blood is boiling kind of feeling so it can affect your mental health as well, that's why people get angry."

Mental Health experts say it's easier to feel irritable and to become short tempered. They say some even become violent when dealing with the side effects of the heat.

"You might be more short fused, less patient, maybe get agitated with someone that you're dealing with because you don't want to continue to feel how you're feeling."

On the extreme end, the heat can even increase the rate of suicide. A new study says for every degree it goes up, chance of suicide also goes up .68%.

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"If you're forced to be in certain conditions and environments that aren't comfortable, it can make you feel very negative."

Hui stresses the importance of finding some type of relief even if it's just taking a deep breath or counting to 10.

"When you're taking a deep breath, it's like you're slowing everything down so that agitation, that frustration, that feeling of oh my goodness, oh my goodness, when you take a deep breath, you're bringing more oxygrn into your body so that's your physical sense that you're helping but then it also helps you get more connected with your other senses," said Hui.

Experts say the mental health side effects from the heat can start when it's just 85 degrees outside.