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Coming To Terms With COPD

Written by Gabrielle Babbington

It’s not uncommon for people with chronic health problems to experience anxious or depressed feelings. But with COPD, there seems to be an extra strong link between COPD and mood disorders - the umbrella term for problems like anxiety and depression.

Anxiety, Depression and COPD

Because the risk of depression and anxiety is so high in people with COPD, your doctor will probably ask you whether you’re feeling blue or panicky, without you having to bring it up. But, if this doesn’t happen, and if you’re concerned you may have a problem in this area, tell your doctor about it as soon as possible. Depression and anxiety increase the risk of hospitalisation in people with COPD. 

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