Many people with COPD suffer from panic attacks when they can't catch their breath. In fact, the prevalence of panic disorder in COPD is approximately 10 times higher than it is in the general population.
During a panic attack, you may feel like it's never going to end. You may feel like you are suffocating and that you are going to pass out. Learning what steps to take to overcome panic -- before it turns into a full-blown panic attack -- is crucial to managing panic disorder.
Hot off the press, my latest article about panic and COPD gives you a variety of different methods to use when panic starts to develop. Practice these methods intermittently throughout the day and you will be surprised at how much faster you're able to disseminate panic: