Chronic Illness: Asthma

  • Seija SandbergEmail author
Living reference work entry
Part of the Mental Health and Illness Worldwide book series (MHIW)


Stress and emotional stimuli that disturb the homeostasis of the brain are strongly implicated in the morbidity and mortality from several types of inflammatory diseases, asthma included. Stress contributes to the development of asthma, affects its course through provoking exacerbations and inhibiting response to treatment, and acts directly on pathogenic mechanisms in the airways. In children who already have asthma, stress operates via a two-way process. Having asthma in itself causes stress, giving rise to anxiety and depression. Anxiety and depression, in turn, impact on asthma through immune function and autonomic dysregulation.


Airways Asthma Stress Psychosomatic Autonomic dysregulation Immune function Anxiety 


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  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK

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  • Eric Taylor
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  1. 1.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Institute of PsychiatryKing's College LondonLondonUK

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