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A Discussion on Heat as a Novel Treatment for Depression

February 12, 2021

Psych Congress Steering Committee member Charles Raison, MD, recently appeared on the Primalosophy Podcast with host Nick Holderbaum for an hourlong discussion focused on heat, including sauna use, as a novel treatment for depression and a tool for improving mental health.

“Many people will get a sort of sense of inspiration from heat, and an immediate mood lift that is in itself really, really interesting,” Dr. Raison said.

Dr. Raison, a leading researcher in the field of immune-brain interactions, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families; Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Human Ecology; and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin- Madison. He is also Director of Clinical and Translational Research for the Usona Institute, which conducts research on the therapeutic effects of psilocybin.

Listen to the podcast here:

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