The Doubting Thomas Asthmatic: Adults Newly Diagnosed With Asthma

These are mostly adult-onset asthmatics who, all of a sudden, develop mild asthma symptoms, but don't want to admit they have asthma.

Asthma is often believed to be a children's disease that you either outgrow as an adult or never develop once you're an adult. But that is not the case.

People who develop adult asthma are often puzzled by their asthma symptoms. Once diagnosed with asthma, they have a hard time accepting it. They would rather suffer at home than seek asthma treatment. But when the respiratory therapist gives them a treatment they will say, "Wow, I didn't even realize I was short-of-breath." Famous Olympic swimmer Dara Torres may have been this kind of asthmatic. But now, I'm sure, she is a Gallant asthmatic.

Asthma Attitude: "I don't have asthma. I'm an adult!

Asthma Strengths: They may seek as much information about their symptoms as possible and ask their doctors a lot of questions to make sure they have the right diagnosis.

Asthma Weaknesses: Denial can stop these asthmatics from getting the asthma treatment they need to live their full, active lives.

Lessons to Live By: A diagnosis like this can be hard to accept, but the sooner you do, the sooner you can get to work feeling better. Here are 5 steps to controlling your asthma that can help the transition.

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