Here are some common feelings and normal responses to the losses that come with having chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The changes that occur with chronic lung disease often leave people with at least one of these feelings. It is important for you to understand these changes and to learn how to cope with the feelings that result.
Depression, sadness, anger and grief are normal responses to the losses that often come with any chronic illness.
You may feel that your life is "out of control" or that you are only "half the person" you were before.
Changes in how you look can make you feel that you have lost your familiar body.
You may feel you are not able to function at home and work as you did before. Some of the fun activities you enjoyed may not be possible anymore.
You may notice family behaviors toward you have changed. They may be overprotective or distant.
Increased or decreased weight, stooped shoulders or bad breath from chronic infections often make you feel less attractive to your sexual partner. It is hard to feel motivated for sexual activity when you feel tired, depressed, unattractive, tense, or fearful.
Fear is a common emotion you or your partner may have. You or your partner may worry that kissing or sexual activity will be suffocating. This may lead to avoiding sexual activity. It is also important to realize that being sexual means more than just having sexual intercourse. Holding and touching each other, as well as enjoying time together, are also important parts of loving and being loved. Learn more about intimacy and COPD.
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