Having a chronic condition such as COPD can lead to depression. Having depression can keep you from sticking to your disease-management plan, including breathing exercises, medicine and good nutrition. You may also be tempted to cope with depression by relying on old habits such as smoking. Getting help for depression is essential for your health.
Depression alters the way you think and feel. It also affects your body. If any of these symptoms last two weeks or more, they may indicate depression.
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When someone you love has chronic lung disease, this can bring changes to both your lives. As a caregiver, you may have to support your loved one in new ways. This may be true whether you are caring for your spouse, your partner, a family member, or a friend. Help yourself by learning coping strategies for the possible stresses of your role.
It’s normal to feel a range of emotions as you manage your role. You may feel sad, or even fear for your loved one’s future health. At times, you may resent the effect caregiving has on your life. It’s important to accept these feelings. They are normal. If you find yourself feeling stressed, seek help by reaching out to family members or friends. Also, speak with a healthcare provider. He or she can refer you to a counselor and other support services.
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