We already know that chronic anxiety can make every day activities all the more difficult. Now researchers are finding that it can actually worsen other medical problems a patient might be experiencing.
A study presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies annual conference showed that participants with asthma saw their respiratory conditions grow worse when put in a stressful situation.
Researchers recruited 101 participants to breath through small straws and have their anxiety levels monitored. Those with higher anxiety sensitivity saw an increase in asthma symptoms during the exercise.
The study's results suggest that addressing anxiety symptoms in the future could help alleviate asthma symptoms when patients experience an attack.