A new study has linked symptoms of depression and anxiety with severity of illness in children with asthma; also uncovering the mechanisms behind the association.
The research was carried out at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences by Bruce D. Miller, M.D. and Beatrice L. Wood, Ph.D., whose specialities are pediatrics and psychiatry. The primary findings of the study are that depressed children with asthma consistently show a dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system which is associated with increased airway adjustment.
The study is believed to be the first connecting emotional stress, depressive symptoms, autonomic nervous system dysregulation and airway function in childhood asthma.