The triggers that cause psychogenic breathlessness are psychological. The most common causes are stress and fear-driven situations.
Often, patients are not able to tell the difference between shortness of breath due to narrowed airways (e.g., in cases of bronchial asthma or COPD) and psychogenic breathlessness. Measurement of the expiratory peak flow (peak flow measurement) using a peak flow meter helps the patient shift into a mindset in which they can clearly differentiate between the two medical conditions. Narrowing of the airways appears as increased fluctuations in the expiratory peak flow during the course of the day. In the case of psychogenic breathlessness, however, the normal peak flow value remains constant.
The following products can help you in the event of psychogenic breathlessness:
Peak-Flow-Meter Personal Best®
For the manual measurement of airway expansion. Adults and children can measure their peak flow values quickly and reliably with the Peak Flow Meter Personal Best®.