Friday, October 20, 2017

Wind and heat effects on mental health

This will blow your mind!

Ever heard of the” winds of change” or of a “hot temper”? Wind and heat extremes or variations may literally have a negative influence on mental health.

weather mindsetWeather sensitivity

Weather conditions in the world are changing as the years go by and their effects on our health and wellbeing cannot be ignored. When it comes to the impact of weather conditions on health, people can be separated into two different groups. The healthy weather-resistant group and the group who seem to be less capable of resisting the negative effects of weather on their bodies and minds. The sensitive group may include individuals who suffer from chronic disease, neuroses, periodic depression, schizophrenia and other mental conditions.

The healthy group appear to have strong internal defense mechanisms that limit or prevent the effects of weather variations on their health while the sensitive group may have weakened or absent defenses against such variations. Studies have shown a connection between weather conditions and mental health. A great array of mental symptoms may arise from such changes like depression, seasonal affective disorder, rowdy crowd behavior and many more. [1][2][3][4]

 

Wind and mental health

In one study a patient with recurring anxiety was evaluated for the effects of wind changes on his mental health. They used energy and anxiety as the standards for the evaluation and during the study, the patient was not aware of the fact that they wanted to see how the wind affected his mental health. The study and the research they did suggested that warm winds lower energy levels and that the direction in which the wind blows may actually impact mental health and stability. [2]

 

Heat and mental health

Extreme heat or sudden changes in temperature may diversely impact mental health. It has been suggested that more attention should be directed toward the fact that hot weather is connected to a higher rate of morbidity and even suicide in people who suffer from dementia, psychosis, substance misuse and other conditions. The popular opinion is that public education about this phenomenon may limit or reduce the detrimental effects that temperature extremes have on the general population. [3][4]

 

Extreme weather: extreme moods

While much more research is needed on the subject, it is certainly clear that weather changes and extremes impact mental health. So the next time you feel hotheaded, there may just be a good reason for it: the weather!

 

References:

  1. Yackerson NS, Zilberman A, Toddler D, Kaplan Z. The influence of several changes in atmospheric states over semi-arid areas on the incidence of mental health disorders. International Journal of Biometeorology. May 2011; vol. 55(3): 403-410.
  2. Bos EH, Hoenders R, De Jonge P. Wind direction and mental health: a time-series analysis of weather influences in a patient with anxiety disorder. BMJ Case Rep. June 2012; 2012.
  3. Page LA, Hajat S, Kovats RS, Howard LM. Temperature-related deaths in people with psychosis, dementia and substance misuse. The British Journal of Psychiatry. June 2012; 200(6): 485-490.
  4. Berry HL, Bowen K, Kjellstrom T. Climate change and mental health: a causal pathways framework. International Journal of Public Health. April 2010; vol. 55(2): 123-132.

Written by Mariska Ten Dam

Mariska Ten Dam

Mariska ten Dam is a Health Care expert who specializes in Holistic Health. She is a qualified Natural Health Practitioner and a Health and Wellness Writer

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