The Emotional Side Of COPD

An adult woman hugging her fatherLiving with COPD may cause fear, anxiety, depression, and stress.

Here are some tips to feel more comfortable and relaxed…

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Talk about how you feel with your health care team. Talking to a professional counselor also might help. If you’re very depressed, your doctor may recommend medicines or other treatments that can improve your quality of life.

Joining a patient support group may help you adjust to living with COPD. You can see how other people who have the same symptoms have coped with them. Talk with your doctor about local support groups or check with an area medical center.

Support from family and friends also can help relieve stress and anxiety. Let your loved ones know how you feel and what they can do to help you.

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