Reducing Anxiety to Increase Exercise in Individuals With Decreased Lung Capacity

Katherine R. Arlinghaus, Melissa M. Markofski, Craig A. Johnston

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The management of chronic disease is complex. For many diseases, the treatment for the disease may mimic disease symptoms. For example, exercise training is recommended as part of the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Individuals may confuse the physiological experiences related to exercise with COPD symptoms. This type of association between treatment and disease can cause anxiety. For health care practitioners to successfully motivate their patients to make the necessary behavior changes for disease treatment, anxiety must also be addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)307-309
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Lifestyle Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • anxiety
  • chronic disease
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • exercise
  • respiratory disease


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