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Psicologia, Saúde & Doenças

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SOUZA, Camila B. de et al. Anxiety, depression and traits of personality in COPD patients. Psic., Saúde & Doenças [online]. 2003, vol.4, n.1, pp.149-162. ISSN 1645-0086.

The present research was performed in order to describe the state-trait anxiety frequencies and the prevalence of depression in COPD patients. Data on psychological evaluation were obtained from The Human Figure Drawing (personality traits), Beck Depression Inventory (BID) and Trait-State Anxiety Inventory. Data on disease status was obtained through the Pulmonary Function Test (spirometry), Arterial Blood Gases measures, Borg Dyspnea Scale after a 6-minute walk test and clinical information. It was evidenced that the COPD patients had severe emotional control, many emotional difficulties in establishing intense personal relationship with exchange of tenderness and difficulties in expressing their emotions. COPD patients also had a high prevalence of anxiety and depression as personality characteristics, no matter the clinical disease stage.

Keywords : Anxiety; COPD psychology; Depression; Psychological Tests.

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