Psychological Aspects in Asthma


The psychological causes of asthma are just as severe as the allergic ones. The inability to curse and cry can provoke an attack of bronchial asthma.

Bronchial asthma is an allergic disease, the main manifestation of which is repeated attacks of suffocation, arising from the closure of bronchial lumen (due to edema of their mucous membrane).

Doctors say that not only an allergic reaction but also a psychical, emotional state can trigger an asthma attack.

Bronchial asthma is a respiratory system disease. Breathing directly reflects our emotional state. We sigh when we are sad, we are breathtaking when surprised, intermittent breathing appears when crying, even our speech is impossible without breathing.

It is such a close relationship between breathing and emotions that determines the development of bronchial asthma on the background of strong emotions. In particular, asthma symptoms appear in response to emotions displaced into the subconscious. An attack, in this case, arises as a response to suppressed, hidden emotions, such as crying.Psycholigical asthma

Psychological causes of asthma from childhood

According to one theory, asthma is a symbolic expression of a baby calling for a mother. Therefore, the basis of asthma psychological cause is the child’s dependence on the mother and internal conflicts arising from this dependence.

In early childhood, children call their mother with a cry. When a mother comes, the level of discomfort decreases and a feeling of security appears, so as adults with asthma grow older, the same mechanism subconsciously starts. An asthma attack serves to attract the attention of the mother or a person who is able to fulfill her function, i.e. protect.

Since asthma attacks, according to healthcare specialists, are characterized as crying, patients generally admit that it is difficult for them to express emotions through tears.

A suppressed desire to speak out can also result in an asthma attack. Indeed, for adults, speech performs the same functions as crying for babies.

You can eliminate the psychological cause of asthma by stopping the suppression of accumulated emotions.

Allergic and psychological causes of asthma are important and perhaps even of equal importance in the mechanism of bronchial asthma development. There is a theory that it is often the combination of these two factors that causes asthma attacks, while each of them individually may not be enough for an attack.

Therefore, in order to eliminate the manifestations of bronchial asthma, it is necessary to get rid of at least one of the triggers: either stop the allergic reaction or stop suppressing emotions.

Psychological features of patients suffering from bronchial asthma

A characteristic feature of asthmatics is that they experience and express more negative emotions than other people. They also have insufficient resistance to stress, infantilism, i.e. demonstration of children’s forms of behavior, a tendency to block emotional experiences, a low level of awareness of something, one’s feelings, desires, needs. Also, they are characterized by inadequate self-image, which is expressed in low self-esteem and high dependence on the opinions of others.

Asthmatics often show hypersensitivity to odors, which is not physiologically determined. Such hypersensitivity refers primarily to those smells that are somehow related to impurities and sloppiness, as well as slovenliness. Asthmatics with increased susceptibility to odors are also extremely dependent on the judgments and opinions of the people around them.

This is a short characteristic of people suffering from this bronchial disease. Psychotherapy of asthmatics is a quite complex and long-lasting process. It can only be carried out by a professional psychologist specializing in coping with such problems.

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