Asthma (sometimes called bronchial asthma) is characterised by difficulty breathing. Its symptoms, which include coughing, wheezing and chest tightness, are common when sufferers experience an “asthma attack”, but with proper treatment asthmatics (of whom there are more than five million in the UK) can live well. There is no cure for asthma, but there are ways to control the symptoms.

Whether your asthma is allergic, exercise-induced, cough variant, occupational or nocturnal, the trigger is nearly always related to stress and anxiety.