Lung Disease Can Affect Your Mood & Daily Living Make an Appointment Ask a Question Search Conditions If you have chronic lung disease, you know the symptoms can be more than physical. The sudden disruption of everyday life can make things harder for some. However, you should also know that, in this battle, you’re far from alone. Simply by equipping yourself with the right tools and resources, you can have everything you need to cope with chronic lung disease and return to living on your terms. How can chronic lung disease affect your mood?Patients with chronic lung disease often feel limited in what they can enjoy. Perhaps your medication is changing the taste of your favorite food. Perhaps your persistent cough is making you self-conscious in public. Or perhaps your condition is cramping what used to be a more active lifestyle. All of these new challenges can put you at risk for developing anxiety or depression. Why does depression matter?Don’t take feeling down or depressed lightly. If left untreated, the depression from having chronic lung disease can be a problem all by itself, with symptoms ranging from sleep issues to changing appetite and more. These issues can also distract you from your treatment plan, so it’s important to remain vigilant and watch for the warning signs. Take our depression quiz. What are some of the warning signs of depression?Keep an eye out for the following: sleeping either much more or much less than usual, having less interest in people or activities, having less energy and motivation, and finding it difficult to concentrate. These may be signs of depression. Learn more about symptoms of depression. What’s your next step if you notice symptoms?The anxiety and depression arising from chronic lung disease are completely understandable. However, that doesn't mean you have to live with it. Both are very common and treatable issues. Your doctor not only understands but has successfully worked with many other patients to manage these issues. All you need to do is talk to them, and you'll get help. How can you manage your mental wellness?Depending on your doctor’s advice, treatment can include medication, individual psychotherapy or family therapy. Individual therapy can provide support and encouragement, while also teaching you how to set new goals and develop new coping strategies. Additionally, family therapy can educate family members about the illness and help them adjust. Usually a combination of treatments is most effective. Where can I learn more about emotions and lung disease?Learn more about “Understanding COPD,” “Understanding Asthma” or “Living with Chronic Lung Disease.” This information has been reviewed and approved by CJ Bathgate, PhD (April 2022).