If you are a COPD patient, it is common to have feelings of sadness, fear and worry as you learn to live with the disease. However, if those feelings persist, you may be experiencing the symptoms of clinical anxiety or depression. Clinical anxiety is constant worrying to the point where it is difficult to manage your day to day activities, while depression is a feeling of deep sadness or emptiness that lasts more than a couple of weeks. Taking care of your emotional health is an important part of managing your COPD and there are many treatments and options available, from counseling to peer support to medication.
Talk to your doctor right away if you think you are experiencing the symptoms of anxiety or depression. Learn more about coping with COPD.