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What is the link between COPD and mental disorders?

Although many experts have noted a link between lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and depression and anxiety, there is also emerging research that suggests the mental disorders may actually worsen COPD and cause increased hospitalizations.

"This is an important and revealing finding, indicating that for COPD patients, depression and anxiety must be treated as potential clinically important risk factors, rather than simple co-morbidities that are caused by COPD," said principal investigator of the paper, Jean Bourbeau, M.D., Director, Respiratory Epidemiology & Clinical Research Unit of McGill University Montreal.

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