A controlled study of a breathing therapy for treatment of hyperventilation syndrome

J Psychosom Res. 1985;29(1):49-58. doi: 10.1016/0022-3999(85)90008-x.


A therapy directed toward slowing and regularizing the ventilatory pattern was compared with a partial-treatment, comparison procedure for individuals with somatic and psychological symptoms attributable to hyperventilation episodes (i.e. hyperventilation syndrome). Comparing repeated measures between a pretreatment baseline session and a post-treatment followup, we found that the experimental therapy, in contrast to the comparison procedure, produced a greater number of, and more extensive, improvements in psychological, symptom complaint and ventilatory dimensions. Results also suggest changes in central respiratory control mechanisms as a consequence of treatment.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Biofeedback, Psychology
  • Breathing Exercises*
  • Carbon Dioxide / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperventilation / psychology
  • Hyperventilation / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Respiration
  • Syndrome


  • Carbon Dioxide