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Is asthma an emotional illness?

In the past, asthma was thought to be primarily an emotional disorder.

Today it is already known that bronchial asthma is the result of hyper-irritability and biochemical abnormalities in the cells of the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract, and in fact this until recently considered an emotional disease is the result of a real physical problem.

Nevertheless, there are quite a few people who associate their illness with stress.

They say that it is stress that causes the symptoms, and the disease itself is caused by severe stress or trauma in the past.

Therefore, it can be concluded that there is a little truth in everything, and while emotional stress can be an important factor in triggering asthma, it is far from the only cause.

Severe asthma can affect a person’s work as well as their school, family and recreational activities to the extent that it significantly changes their quality of life.

Asthma symptoms, when more severe, can cause both physical and strong psychological discomfort.

If you have asthma, there is a high probability that you live in constant fear of an asthma attack or begin to limit yourself too much in your lifestyle choices, entertainment, work, travel or other activities that are normally a part of everyone’s life.

On the other hand, stress caused by fear, anger, problems at work or at home can have a significant impact on worsening asthma symptoms.

In some rare cases, a psychological illness may somehow be the underlying cause or catalyst for recurrent asthma attacks.

Some people who are affected by this condition are not even aware that it is a psychological problem that may be causing all these symptoms.

When psychological illness plays a central role in your asthma attacks, traditional asthma treatments may not work very well for your condition.

Sometimes in such a situation even the best doctors may not be able to help you because the problem is emotional and therefore beyond their knowledge and capabilities.

Even if you cooperate with your doctor in implementing the correct treatment program, you may end up needing more and more medication and having asthma attacks for no apparent reason.

This form of asthma is primarily a psychosomatic disease, that is, the manifestation of physical symptoms in a healthy person as a result of emotional stress or trauma.

The best way to help you if your condition falls under these circumstances is to find a good psychologist and/or psychiatrist who can effectively treat the underlying stress and psychological problem causing the condition.

In summary, it can be said that possible causes of asthma can be various physical factors, but also some psychological problems.

On the other hand, stress or psychological and emotional problems are an important trigger in less than 1% of asthmatic cases, and respectively these are precisely the cases that would lend themselves better to psychotherapy, than a standard conservative approach to the treatment of the disease.

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