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2. Learn the Symptoms of Anxiety
Since there is some symptom overlap between COPD and anxiety, it is valuable to know the differences. As you gain education, focus on the physical symptoms related to tightness in the chest and shortness of breath.
By increasing your ability to differentiate between the symptoms, you will improve your ability to effectively assign your efforts to the presenting issue. There is nothing to be gained from completing interventions geared towards anxiety when the symptoms are stemming from COPD. You only have so much time and energy. Be sure you are working efficiently.