- Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
- Change in sleep patterns
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Loss of pleasure or interest in things
- Social isolation
- Feelings of worthlessness
If you feel like you are suffering from depression, take this free depression screening test.
- Muscle tension, often found in the neck, shoulders, back and jaw muscles
- Problems with digestion including constipation or diarrhea
- Changes in sleep patterns, which can mean an inability to sleep, difficulty falling asleep or early awakenings
- Panic attacks are different from generalized anxiety and include a sudden onset of a racing heart, numbness and unusual physical sensations
Any of these symptoms should alert you to see your healthcare provider.
Got anxiety? Take the anxiety self-test.
Irrational fears are know as phobias. Symptoms of phobias include intense anxiety, preoccupation of thoughts and an overwhelming sense of doom or terror.
If you feel that fear is taking over your life, a mental health professional may help you see things more clearly. You can also try joining a COPD support group. Talking to others can help distill some of your fears and make life much more enjoyable.
Remorse is defined as a sense of regrent for past wrong-doings. Many people with COPD share that they feel intense remorse for their disease. What's even worse, because COPD is most often caused by smoking, other people can make insensitive remarks which only add fuel to the fire.
First of all, try to forgive yourself. In forgiveness, there lies peace and comfort. We all make mistakes, even the best of us. Living life with regret is a waste of energy that you could be putting into something more constructive, like developing healthy habits and taking better care of yourself. There is life after COPD, and it is time that you started to live it.
Learn how to deal with insensitive comments.
Source: Jennings JH, Digiovine B, Obeid D, Frank C. The Association Between Depressive Symptoms and Acute Exacerbations of COPD. Lung. 2009 Feb 7. [Epub ahead of print]
Jennings JH, Digiovine B, Obeid D, Frank C. The Association Between Depressive Symptoms and Acute Exacerbations of COPD. Lung. 2009 Feb 7. [Epub ahead of print]