A diagnosis of lung disease or lung cancer can create significant uncertainty and heightened levels of worry.
For people living with lung disease or lung cancer, mental health and emotional wellbeing are important aspects of managing your condition, as research has shown that mental health can have a significant impact on physical health. It can be easy to neglect your mental health when faced with the physical challenges of a lung condition, however, the two should not be thought of separately.
The topic of mental health is commonly misunderstood and often trivialised. Most people tend to mistake mental health for mental health conditions – which are conditions that affect mood, thinking and behaviour, such as depression and anxiety conditions. However, mental health actually refers to being cognitively, emotionally and socially healthy.
It is important to have regular discussions with your treating healthcare team or GP about your mental health and emotional wellbeing, including steps you can take to proactively care for and manage your mental health.
Living with a lung condition will cause changes to various aspects of your life and adapting to these changes can be difficult.
The overwhelming feelings you may experience can often be overlooked as you try to manage the physical side of your condition.
Taking on a caring role for someone you love living with a lung condition can be daunting.
Creating a personal ‘toolbox’ of strategies to support your emotional wellbeing can help you navigate the difficult times.
The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across the entire community, but the pandemic has added an additional layer of stress and worry for people living with a lung condition.
Mind Matters was part funded by a COVID Response Grant from MSD.