If you've ever felt depression related to COPD, you're not alone. Many members of MyCOPDTeam experience sadness about COPD. “I get depressed because I can't do the things I want to do without getting tired,” one member shared. “I don’t even have enough air to cry lately. I started crying and couldn’t breathe. I’m really scared.” Members of MyCOPDTeam regularly coach each other through the ups and downs of COPD. “I get depressed with each health challenge but I’m thankful for my mantra: ‘Never give up,’” one member commented. Doing activities that make you feel good can help you avoid "the dumps," suggested another: “I go to counseling once a week, do chair yoga, walk outside no matter how slowly, journal, learn something everyday, and always meditate. That’s what I do to keep my head above water. The struggle is real!” Being supported by people who “get it” is key to managing depression and COPD.
On MyCOPDTeam, the social network and online support group for those living with COPD, members talk about a range of personal experiences and struggles. Depression is one of the top 10 topics most discussed.
Here are a few question-and-answer threads about depression:
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