Is asthma a psychological disorder?

No, but emotions can worsen asthma. Panic can prevent an asthmatic from relaxing and following instructions properly, both of which are essential during an attack. Also, scientists have found that strong emotions can cause an asthmatic’s bronchial tubes to constrict, which may provoke or worsen an attack. Asthma can cause emotional strain. Depression often sets in when asthmatics cannot participate in normal activities. Asthma is a leading cause of school absences, which can have far reaching effects on the child’s emotional well-being and education. Finally, it must also be remembered that asthma can be a major emotional and financial strain on the entire family.

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