Emotions and mental health

Sometimes emotions such as laughter, grief, crying, stress, anxiety and depression can be triggers for your asthma. These emotions may even cause flare-ups and asthma attacks.  

It’s impossible to cut out all stresses from our lives, or to stop laughing and crying. But you can do things that reduce the risk of it making your asthma worse. 

Here are some helpful tips: 

  • Mange your asthma symptoms with your asthma medicines so you have one less thing to worry about. It can also help prevent symptoms triggered by stress. 
  • Read our Anxiety and Depression brochure. 
  • Ask your doctor how to tell the difference between your asthma symptoms and symptoms of anxiety, stress, or depression. 
  • Consider other services to help with your mental health, worries and stress. Beyond Blue, Lifeline, Black Dog, and Head to Health websites all have useful information.
  • Ask your doctor about any possible medicine side effects that could impact your mental health. 


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