SELF-CARE (Emphysema/COPD and other Chronic Illnesses)

Self Help Topics 

Dr. Sharma was diagnosed with emphysema in 1994. He has first hand experienced the problems with depression, anxiety and life stress that often accompany emphysema. Below is a list of self-Care topics that Dr. Sharma, a Clinical Psychologist of 30 years practice has selected for people with emphysema/COPD and for their families and caregivers in order to offer you a perspective hopefully practical help. Check back often for the latest additions. If you don't see a topic listed, but would like to see it covered, please let Dr. Sharma know at his E-mail address, dr.sharma@mindpub.com

DISCLAIMER: 
Welcome to Dr. Vijai Sharma's Self-Care Pages. Diagnosis and treatment of treatment of a physical or mental/emotional is done by trained mental health professionals. Self-Care Pages should NOT be used as a substitute for seeking professional care for the diagnosis of any psychiatric/psychological disorders. Nothing here is meant to replace professional advice or care from a qualified mental health practitioner. The purpose of Self-Care pages is purely educational.
 

Dr. Sharma's COPD DVDs- available for purchase

COPD Workbook I - can be used as a companion to the DVDs or independently. Available as an e-book download only

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Helpful articles:
Breathing Properly is Highly Beneficial
Living with COPD: Build Momentum on the Moment You Face
Panic Attacks and Physical Illness
Overcoming Depression In COPD Part I
Overcoming Depression In COPD Part II
Yoga-Based Program for Emphysema/COPD: Stretching and Breathing Suggestions for Maintenance of Lung Function
Affirmations: What They Are and How We Can Make Them Work For Us
Positive Imagination and Affirmations for Breathing and Health - Part 1
Positive Imagination and Affirmations for Breathing and Health - Part 2
YOGA FOR COPD: Secrets Of Breathing From An Ancient Tradition
Yoga for Self-Care: Poses, Breathing, Meditation, Mindfulness and Relaxation Program ( Microsoft Word Document or PDF, (right-click and select "save link as" or "save target as")
Eight Week Yoga for Lung Cancer PDF, (right-click and select "save link as" or "save target as")
Normal Breathing, COPD & Yoga Practice PDF, (right-click and select "save link as" or "save target as")
Four Level Self-Calibrated Home Yoga Practice PDF, (right-click and select "save link as" or "save target as")
Four Level Self-Calibrated Home Yoga PowerPoint Presentation, PDF format, (right-click and select "save link as" or "save target as")
Living with Chronic Illness PowerPoint Presentation, PDF format, (right-click and select "save link as" or "save target as")
My Adaptive Breathing Strategies for My COPD PowerPoint Presentation, PDF format, (right-click and select "save link as" or "save target as")
Anxiety Can Be Caused by Breathing Discomfort

Book Reviews

Anxiety / Fear Reduction Tips 
Breathing Relaxation 
Chronic Illness Coping 
Chronic Pain Control 
Depression Tips 
Doctor - Patient Relationship 
Exercise 
Insomnia Tips 
Meditation 
Smoking Cessation Tips 
Stress Reduction Tips 
Yoga/Pranayama (Breathing Exercises) 

You may also check the following sections:

Aging Prevention 
Alternative Medicine 
Dieting/Eating/Weight Control 
Emotional Control 
Healthy Life-style 
Humor/Laughter
Negative Thinking 
Optimism 
Pain Control 
Prayer and Health 
Spirituality 
Type A Personality 
Work - Stress Reduction 
Worry