Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, includes asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Living with COPD can be difficult. Joining a support group can help individuals with COPD and their families learn to cope with the disease and enjoy a better quality of life.
Having COPD can cause depression, anxiety, withdrawal and feelings of helplessness. By joining a support group, you can regain a sense of control over your health and take action against COPD.
A support group can provide you with valuable information about COPD. Members can share their experiences and knowledge, and meetings are often conducted by professionals such as respiratory therapists who can instruct you on ways to best live with your condition. Support group meetings also frequently feature expert speakers and relevant presentations.
Engaging socially with individuals who understand your breathing problems helps to relieve psychological stress. A support group provides an environment where members can get out of the house, meet new people, have fun, build friendships and help one another adapt to living with a chronic illness.
All COPD support groups are free to join and attend. Many people bring their spouses, families or caregivers to meetings.
Finding a COPD Group
Speak with your physician or respiratory therapist about finding a local COPD support group. The American Lung Association hosts Better Breather Clubs in several states. If you are unable to find a support group or physically attend meetings, online support groups are available.
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