Young kids with severe or persistent
asthma are more prone to develop anxiety and depression, says an Australian
The study led by Renee Goodwin from
Columbia University, USA, and Monique Robinson, a psychologist at University of
Western Australia (UWA), wanted to find
the link between asthma in early childhood and mental health problems such as
anxiety and depression.
They found that mental health problems
increased with severity or with persistence of asthma.
The research made use of Australian
data from the Raine Study to determine whether children who had asthma at age
five were prone to mental health problems till age 17 years. It was revealed
that children who developed
asthma while very young developed mental health issues such as anxiety, conduct
problems and affective problems.
When children were categorized into
groups depending on the severity of asthma it was found that those children
with mild asthma had a mental state that was similar to those who had no
asthma, while children with severe or persistent asthma were at increased risk
of developing mental conditions in the future.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disorder that is
characterized by difficulty in breathing and wheezing. It affects the daily
life of the affected individuals but can be managed through proper treatment.
The study report has been published in
the journal Psychological Medicine.
Reference: R. D. Goodwin, et al; Severity and
persistence of asthma and mental health: a birth cohort study. Psychological Medicine 2012.