Research shows that there is a link between anxiety, depression and COPD. There are around three million Australians living with depression or anxiety. One in five women and one in eight men will experience depression at some time in their life. On average, one in four people will experience anxiety. These are common conditions and nothing to be ashamed of.
For people who live with COPD these figures can be higher due to factors such as the impact of living with the disease, uncertainty about the future or side-effects of their medicines.