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Being diagnosed with COPD—chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—puts people at an increased risk for depression.
The increased risk may result from the limitations COPD puts on some people’s activity, and the sense of disconnection not participating in events may cause. The stress of managing COPD day after day is another factor.
About 40% of people with COPD have depression and it frequently goes untreated. Research shows the quality of life for COPD patients with depression is more closely linked to the depression than to COPD severity. Know the symptoms of depression so that you do not struggle with them unnecessarily.
To maintain the best quality of life, it is important to address these symptoms right way. Give your doctor a call.
Having either disorder can disrupt your appetite or enjoyment of food. Each may cause problems sleeping and keep you from activities that you enjoyed. COPD and depression can weaken social confidence resulting from the difficulty of managing symptoms in public.
Because there is no cure for COPD, it changes people’s lives permanently in ways they would never choose. This may trigger feelings of hopelessness and grief.
Stage, Kurt B., Meddelboe, Thomas, Stage, Tore, Sorensen, Claus H. Depression in COPD-management and quality of life considerations. The Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2006 September; 1(3): 315-320.
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