Depression and Asthma

Hi It is my first time in the forum and I realise that many of you suffer Daily with asthma symptoms.

I have asthma and also have depression. Does anyone else suffer from both and do they find that their mood effects their breathing bringing on asthma symptoms. I've had a rough time with my asthma over the last year with three hospital stays due to asthma attacks. My first major attacks as an adult. My consultant thinks that the meds I am taking for depression was adding to my breathing problems.

I am getting frustrated with ongoing slight intermitent wheeze which leaves me feeling slighty under par.

Thanks for listening!!

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  • Depression and asthma

    Hi Debs, I think the two can go together and I think people who are more tense seem to get worse symptoms, and it can be a vicious circle, if my symptoms get worse, or when I have had steroids I have felt depressed.

    If your consultant thinks your medication may be causing problems can it be changed?

    Also if I know what is making me feel down then that helps as i know it is temporary, if that makes sense?

  • Hi Debs,

    I suffer with both too and find the more I am down the worse my asthma symptoms are.

    Apparently depression is very common amongst brittle asthmatics due to it's instability.

    I find that talking about how you feel eg whats stressing you, your worries about your condition etc really help me.

    Feel free to PM me if you want to chat.

    Barnsey

  • Hi, Thanks to those who have replied to my message. It has been reassuring to hear others view points and I am beginning to realise that Depression and Asthma can be related. and that one can affect the other. and that it isn't just me!!!!.

  • Hi Debs

    Itoo suffer from both, and have not found that my asthma is worse when I'm particularly depressed - however if i am depressed,then I tend not to bother taking care of myself and might not take my asthma meds,which invariably doesn't help! I'm a brittle asthmatic,and when I am having a bad spell it will affect my mood too, and I tend to get extra low.

    Can I ask what medication for your depression you are on? Feel free to PM me if you dont want to post up this information.

    HTH

    Emz

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