If you or someone you love is living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you’re probably well aware of the physical symptoms of the condition, but what helps them cope with the hidden emotional traumas that exist beneath the surface? For example, living with COPD can also limit a person’s daily activities, which can isolate them from others. This, in turn, can cause frustration, anger and lowered self-esteem, according to a study discussed on Science Direct. Social relationships are an important part of the human psyche and can have an incredible effect on the overall quality of life of someone with COPD.
If your baby was born prematurely or had breathing problems shortly after birth, he or she is at risk for developing a condition called bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a type of chronic lung disease. It’s important for you to learn about caring for lung disease if your little one has this condition.
If you’ve ever broken a bone, you know just how aggravating it can be to deal with the pain, discomfort and overall inconvenient effects your broken bone (and subsequent cast and even crutches or wheelchair) have on your life. At least you know the day you can have your cast removed will come.
Being diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was likely one of the most emotionally overwhelming days of your life. But imagine if your chronic disease was never diagnosed. Imagine the fear you’d feel each day not knowing why you were coughing up phlegm and why you were coughing more than usual. Imagine the increasing insecurity you’d experience as friends and loved ones slowed their pace to accommodate you as you struggled not to trail behind.
Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) poses some challenges. Low feelings can be one of those challenges, because life may not be exactly how it used to be.
When you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), your body can have a lower oxygen level than it should. This can worsen your symptoms and your overall health, according to the COPD Foundation. Fortunately, oxygen therapy can help.
If you have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) you know it's necessary to stay in touch with your doctor and work with him or her to ensure that you remain as healthy as possible. This means keeping regular appointments says the COPD Foundation, but it also means making the most of your time with the doctor.
Everyone needs to exercise and stay active. But for those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), exercising and being out and about can be a challenge. Planning an activity with your oxygen supply at hand can take some getting used to. As with many other changes in life, the support of others can make staying active with COPD easier and more fun. A Better Breathers Club, managed by the American Lung Association, is a good step in that direction.
If you suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or another respiratory condition, you may be prescribed oxygen therapy. So what is oxygen therapy? The simplest explanation is that it is a way for your body to get more oxygen than you can get on your own. Everybody needs a certain amount of oxygen to feel healthy and if you have a condition that restricts airflow to your lungs, you may need to supplement it with extra oxygen.
There can be a huge emotional toll that comes along with having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). People may experience anxiety and stress. Another emotional concern, and one that is easily affected by the challenges mentioned in the previous post, is depression. Constantly feeling fatigued and suffering from a low caloric intake can lead people to feel sad or low. According to EverydayHealth.com, “An estimated 40 percent of people with COPD will be affected by depression, compared with just 15 percent of the rest of the population.” And though this can be unsettling, there are plenty of ways to cope.
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