Depression and asthma in children

Curr Opin Pediatr. 2000 Aug;12(4):331-5. doi: 10.1097/00008480-200008000-00008.


Genetic vulnerability, allergic sensitivity, immunological compromise, and psychological stressors all contribute to the onset and severity of asthma. When depression decreases compliance and worsens prognosis, caring for an asthmatic child becomes even more problematic. Early intervention to address comorbid depressive disorders increases compliance, improves outcome, and allows a child to continue to appropriately to meet developmental expectations. In cases of severe asthma, treatment of depression may also decrease mortality.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Asthma / complications
  • Asthma / genetics
  • Asthma / immunology
  • Asthma / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Depression / complications*
  • Depression / genetics
  • Humans
  • Immunocompetence
  • Patient Compliance
  • Prognosis
  • Stress, Psychological