November/December 2002     ISSN-1059-6518    Volume 15, Number 6

Psychotropic Medications

Frank Hubbell, DO


This segment of the “Medicine Chest” will follow up on the feature article by reviewing the psychotropic medications and their potential impact on outdoor and athletic activities. This is a very large and complex area of psychopharmacology.  There are however, several principles that if understood and followed should minimize the risks associated with the following family of therapeutic drugs and outdoor experiential education.

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Behavior Meds in the Backcountry

November/December 2002   ISSN-1059-6518   Volume 15, Number 6

Behavior Meds in the Backcountry

The Potential Link Between Physiological Stressors and Behavioral Issues

By Preston B. Cline


This article is aimed at those wilderness medicine providers who primarily use their skills in the context of leading groups into the backcountry. The intent of the article is NOT to demonstrate causality between any two factors. Instead, it is an attempt to highlight the lack of research concerning the relationship between physiological stressors and behavioral incidents while out on course. In preparing for this article it has become clearly apparent that the issue of taking medicated clients with behavior issues into the backcountry is significantly more complicated then most programs seem to realize.

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