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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1987 Apr;57(2):253-257. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1987.tb03535.x.

Psychological factors in fatal childhood asthma.

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Department of Psychiatry.


A review of three recent cases of death due to childhood asthma revealed consistent themes of depression, emotional precipitation of attacks, unsupportive families, and a tendency to deny asthma symptoms. Possible psychosomatic mechanisms are identified as potentially important for the interaction of emotions and asthma.

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