The link between COPD and depression
Recent research has linked the lung disease COPD with increased risk of depression. Fortunately, both issues can be treated with tailored therapy. Robin Miller, M.D. talks about management in this video.
According to one of the studies, the inflammation that's a hallmark of this disease may also be linked with depression.
Taking steps to manage COPD symptoms can help keep depression at bay. [UPBEAT MUSIC]
Hi. Dr. Miller here with a smart tip if you have COPD. How's your mood? I ask because a pair of recent studies
finds that having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder, COPD, raises your risk for depression. That's especially true for women with COPD
and anyone who has severe shortness of breath due to COPD. Part of that may be due to the significant challenges
of living with COPD. But according to one of the studies, the inflammation that's a hallmark of this disease
may also be linked with depression. Taking steps to manage COPD symptoms can help keep depression at bay.
In particular, there's some evidence that pulmonary rehab, which helps strengthen breathing muscles to improve lung function,
may reduce anxiety and depression associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder. And if you suspect you're depressed,
talk to your doctor about treatment options. You can get help to improve your mood and your COPD. I'm Dr. Miller.
For more ways to protect your health, check out all our smart tips. [AUDIO LOGO]
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