Article ID: 40
What is PTSD and how is this related to Asthma
The Children's Hospital and the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences
PTSD is defined as Post-traumatic stress disorder it is a debilitating condition that often follows a terrifying physical or emotional event - causing the person who survived the event to have persistent, frightening thoughts and memories, or flashbacks, of the ordeal. Persons with PTSD often feel chronically, emotionally numb. PTSD in children usually becomes a chronic disorder.
The recent research finding stated “Symptoms of PTSD were associated with an elevated prevalence of asthma. Even after careful adjustment for familial/genetic factors and other potential confounding factors, an association between PTSD symptoms and asthma remains.” However more research to identify the relationship and develop prevention and intervention strategies is in progress.
Adolescents with asthma and their parents, particularly those who have experienced a life-threatening event, have high levels of PTS symptoms that are linked to asthma morbidity. Interventions to improve asthma outcomes should include assessment and treatment of trauma and PTS symptoms.
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