I would like to know how common it is to be sevrely depressed with copd.
I am taking anti depressants antisycotic medications and tranqulizers. I am in theraphy with a physctrist and have been for months. I just don't feel better and basically just don't have it in me to fight anymore. I wouldn't say I was suicidal cause that's a sin, but I just don't have the will to live anymore. Is this common? I can't seem to get a handle on my emotins. I feel trapped and alone and more than a little scared.
This is a very common problem with those who have COPD. There are several reasons for this. Have patience and work with your psychiatrist to control the depression. Knowing you feel this way is a step in the right direction.
I am sure that depression is very common with copd as (1)it is a progressive disease for which there is no cure, (2) doctors (in my area, at least) often fail to treat symptoms aggressively, (3) public opinion is that we copd suffers deserve copd because we smoked (drug addicts, alcoholics, and obesity seem to be viewed with much more sympathy), (4) lack of research dollars to look for a cure (related to #3 above), and (5) the fact that lung transplants are not a cure. For these reasons, I think depression is inevitable with copd.
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