The bright summer days bring joy to most, yet the heatwave which has been hitting Turkey since the last couple of weeks can also trigger depression and panic attacks, said clinical psychologist Yanadağ Çelik.
Turkey is facing an African heat wave and temperatures have already surpassed 40 degrees Celsius, especially along the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts and the southern regions.
Depression is mostly associated with winter, however Çelik pointed out that excessive moisture is risky for patients with shortness of breath, accompanied with panic attacks. "Hot weather brings weakness and short temper which may also cause unhappiness. It becomes much harder to control anger. This is why maintaining body water is important." The recent heat wave coincides with Ramadan, and when many are fasting during long daylight hours, the hot weather may become a serious problem. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which mostly occurs in winter, may make people sleep less, eat less and lose weight during the summer.
To avoid SAD in summer months and other negative effects of heat waves, more water intake is a priority. "The water balance is directly related with psychological mood," said Çelik. She further recommends wearing bright colors and comfortable clothing in summer. "Before going to sleep, it is recommendable to take a shower as it helps you to go sleep as lot easier."