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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.

Problem solving.

Changing the way you think.

Role of exercise.

Maintaining or finding new interests or hobbies.

Group discussion with patients.
Relaxation.Ways to relax.

Relaxation techniques.

Participate in a relaxation session.
Relaxation CD.
Summary and questions.Join a local patient support group.Contact Lung Foundation Australia to find your nearest patient support group (phone 1800 654 301)