Over 19 million Americans suffer from asthma, and the number of cases being diagnosed is increasing at alarming rates. This is partly because of the increase in environmental pollutants, and it's also because of the increased stress and worry people are living with on a daily basis.
Physically, asthma is a chronic and complicated condition that can often be difficult to diagnose because it mimics other conditions such as allergies, respiratory infections, and emphysema. In asthma, the lung airways become red and swollen, and full of mucous, causing the person to feel like they're being starved of air. Psychologically, asthma is closely tied to the emotional triggers of frustration, grief, worry, and conflict. Some research shows that people who suffer from depression and anxiety disorders tend to have higher predispositions for developing asthma. Other research suggests there is even an asthma personality.
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