Stress, Anxiety and Depression
At the end of the session, the participant will have:
- An understanding of the psychological factors of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- Recognition of what stress is and how it affects the body, particularly in the context of breathlessness.
- Increased skills in managing stress, anxiety and depression.
- Increased understanding of, and ability to use cognitive techniques to manage stress and physical symptoms (other than chest pain).
This session may be facilitated by a respiratory nurse, psychologist, social worker or mental health worker.
|Introduction to stress and the stress response.|
– Stress and COPD.
|Definition of stress.||Better Living with COPD (Ch 18).|
|Symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression.||List symptoms that commonly occur during times of stress.|
Recognition and management of symptoms associated with panic attacks.
Adjustment and grief issues.
|Managing stress, anxiety and depression.||Medications.|
Changing the way you think.
Role of exercise.
Maintaining or finding new interests or hobbies.
|Group discussion with patients.|
|Relaxation.||Ways to relax.|
Participate in a relaxation session.
|Summary and questions.||Join a local patient support group.||Contact Lung Foundation Australia to find your nearest patient support group (phone 1800 654 301)|