Behavioral and Psychological Approaches to Breathing Disorders

  • Beverly H. Timmons
  • Ronald Ley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Beverly H. Timmons
      Pages 1-13
  3. Anatomy, Physiology, Physiopathology, and Psychology of the Respiratory System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Pat A. Barelli
      Pages 47-57
    3. Christian Guilleminault, Donald L. Bliwise
      Pages 59-66
    4. Sheila Jennett
      Pages 67-80
  4. Hyperventilation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. L. C. Lum
      Pages 113-123
    3. Christopher Bass, William N. Gardner, Graham Jackson
      Pages 125-138
    4. Herbert Fensterheim
      Pages 139-148
  5. Other Therapeutic Approaches to Breathing Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Daphne J. Pearce
      Pages 179-190
    3. Paul M. Lehrer, Robert L. Woolfolk
      Pages 191-203
    4. Jonathan H. Weiss
      Pages 205-219
    5. Frank A. Chandra
      Pages 221-232
    6. David Boadella
      Pages 233-242
    7. Ashley V. Conway
      Pages 243-251
    8. Magda Proskauer
      Pages 253-259
    9. Beverly H. Timmons
      Pages 261-292
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 293-321

About this book


We start life with a breath, and the process continues automatically for the rest of our lives. Because breathing continues on its own, without our awareness, it does not necessarily mean that it is always functioning for optimum mental and physical health. The opposite is true often. The problem with breathing is that it seems so easy and natural that we rarely give it a second thought. We breathe: we inhale, we exhale. What could be simpler? But behind that simple act lies a process that affects us profoundly. It affects the way we think and feel, the quality of what we create, and how we function in our daily life. Breathing affects our psychological and physiological states, while our psychological states affect the pattern of our breathing. For example, when anxious, we tend to hold our breath and speak at the end of inspiration in a high-pitched voice. Depressed people tend to sigh and speak at the end of expiration in a low-toned voice. A child having a temper tantrum holds his or her breath until blue in the face. Hyperven­ tilation causes not only anxiety but also such a variety of symptoms that patients can go from one specialty department to another until a wise clinician spots the abnormal breathing pattern and the patient is successfully trained to shift from maladaptive to normal breathing behavior.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Beverly H. Timmons
    • 1
  • Ronald Ley
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Bartholomew’s HospitalLondonEngland
  2. 2.The University at Albany, State University of New YorkAlbanyUSA

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