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Hello Carenity Members,

Managing COPD can be stressfu, cause anxiety, and contribute to depression. Of course, if such anxiety and depression begins to become overwhelming, we recommend reaching out to a professional, but what are some tips or strategies you recommend for handling anxiety and depression?

Beginning of the discussion - 2/21/18

Managing stress, anxiety, and depression with COPD
Member Carenity
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I am actually prescribed Celexa, but I also practice pursed-lip breathing to help gain control of my anxiety. I tend to get anxiety spells when I begin to think about having COPD and when I become worried about having a spell where it is difficult to breathe.

Managing stress, anxiety, and depression with COPD
Member Carenity
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I am Prescribed 1mg of Ativan 2 times a day as needed Its a Pretty Mild  Med for me anyway Can't really tell if it helps or not 

Managing stress, anxiety, and depression with COPD
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@Hidden username‍, what kind of medicine is Ativan? is it for anxiety? I have tried celexa and it seemed to help.

Managing stress, anxiety, and depression with COPD
Member Carenity
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I am also on celexa; seems to help, but what has helped the most is walking and doing mild exercise daily!