With summer comes warm weather and sunshine, but for youth taking prescribed anti-psychotic medication this change in seasons also comes with increased risk for heat-related conditions. Anti-psychotic medications affect the body’s ability to regulate its temperature. So during the hot and humid weather, individuals taking anti-psychotic medications need to take extra precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Keep cool inside this summer by utilizing air conditioning, or by keeping blinds drawn during the warm afternoons, opening windows in the evening or at night, and spending time in cooler parts of your home. When you do go outside, avoid overexerting yourself during the warmest parts of the day, stay well-hydrated, dress in loose, light-colored clothing, and apply sunscreen. See the links below for more details on this important health and safety topic.