Your mood and anxiety

4) Emotional change and your illness

A young adult woman showing signs of distress

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Being diagnosed with a lung condition, managing chest infections, attending clinic appointments, changing life roles, can all be challenging.

Dealing with these challenges can trigger emotional change – worry, stress, anxiety, frustration, irritability, low mood being some of the emotions experienced. These emotional changes can be subtle or sudden, and can trigger the anxiety response.

Any emotional change is important. Understanding what is going on in your body, and the emotional impact of this, is important. It helps you in developing ways which help you cope day-to-day and supports self management.