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Emotionally induced decreases in pulmonary flow rates in asthmatic children.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  935326     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This study found that vividly remembered incidents of intense anger and similarly recalled fear decreased 1-sec forced expiratory flow rates (FEV1)in 35 male and 25 female chronic asthmatic children who had no psychopathology. FEV1 increased with relaxation. Changes in FEV1 following anger correlated with changes following fear as highly as the reliabilities of the responses permitted, although anger produced a greater decrease than fear. FEV1 decrease following anger and fear correlated with FEV1 increase due to relaxation. The amount of change in each of the three conditions correlated with history of emotionally precipitated asthma. This pattern was interpreted to mean that the same phenomenon underlies emotional-bronchoconstriction, relaxation-bronchodilitation, and emotionally triggered asthma. No relationship was found between degree of allergic sensitivity (atopy) and FEV1 changes in any of the three conditions nor did atopy correlate with history of emotionally triggered asthma. These results do not support the view that psychological and allergic factors are inversely related, alternative causes of asthma.
Authors:
A Tal; D R Miklich
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychosomatic medicine     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0033-3174     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychosom Med     Publication Date:    1976 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-09-01     Completed Date:  1976-09-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376505     Medline TA:  Psychosom Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  190-200     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Anger*
Arousal / physiology
Asthma / etiology*
Child
Chronic Disease
Fear*
Female
Forced Expiratory Flow Rates
Heart Rate
Humans
Hypersensitivity / physiopathology
Male
Psychophysiologic Disorders*
Pulmonary Circulation*

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