Asthma sufferers have to live with the difficulties of having an attack triggered at any time; however it could be more than just breathing difficulties and wheezing that they may be prone to.
A recent study has found that asthma sufferers are also more likely to be prone to depression or similar psychological problems.
The study has found that those with chronic airway disease that manifests in asthma attacks are twice as likely to suffer anxiety or have depression than those who do not have asthma. It was also found that as instances of depression rose, quality of life scores related to health were seen to drop.
“The prevalence of serious psychological distress was 2.5 times higher among adults with asthma, and as serious psychological distress increased, health-related quality went down,â€ study senior author Dr. David Callahan, a medical epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Public Health Service in Atlanta was quoted as having said.
According to him, the combination of these factors of asthma and psychological distress lower quality of life considerably worse.
This goes to the larger issue of psychological distress making it difficult for people with other diseases such as diabetes being unable to effectively control their disease.