Before, I overcame my COPD, I found myself on the sofa, depressed not able to do anything. The lyric I was singing was John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Life goes on long after the thrill of living is gone”. I was in a hole and I needed to get out of it so my doctor gave me Prozac. Fear of death is not a big enough reason to change your health. Loving my life, my friends and family were the reasons that could make me take on the changes it took to change my life. The medication helped me be able to start the work it takes to get healthy.
I could not really get out so I talked to people on-line who understood. Loneliness, depression and isolation are not your friends.
If you need medication get on it. Get a support group, talking to people who understand helps. Find something to do with your hands when you want to smoke or eat junk food. Online games? Sudoku.
I am no longer on an antidepressant but it was a good choice for me in the beginning of this journey to overcome COPD.