James E. DelGenio LCPC

Psychotherapy for Couples, Families and Individuals. Welcome to the offices of James E. DelGenio LCPC in the Chicago Loop and Westchester, Illinois. 847-733-4300 Ext 638 I am currently a senior therapist with The Family Institute at Northwestern University.  In addition, I have been a practicing Psychotherapist, Author and Consultant throughout the country for over 40 years.  I am experienced in …

Why depression and alcohol just don’t go together?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Why are mood disorders and alcoholism often found in the same individual?The answers here are not completely understood. Some doctors have told me that the sites in the brain that are affected by mood disorders are the same sites affected by addiction. Regardless of the chemistry, research has shown that just casual use of alcohol …

What you should know about dual diagnosis?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Senior Staff Therapist, The Family Institute at Northwestern University What is dual diagnosis? Dual Diagnosis means that two or more independent disorders exist in the same individual. Specifically, for our purposes, when I speak of dual diagnosis, I am referring to mood disorder and alcohol abuse or drug dependence. Each exists independently of one another …

What are the Benefits of Premarital Counseling?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC The Benefits of Premarital Counseling Premarital counseling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship. This will give you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage. Premarital counseling can also help you identify weaknesses that may become larger problems during marriage. Good marriages don’t happen by accident. Many …

Q & A Mood disorders with substance abuse

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Mood Disorders and relationships disorders. Questions and Answers 1. What is a mood disorder? 2. Why shouldn’t you drink alcohol if you are not an alcoholic? 3. Why are depression and alcoholism often found in the same individual? 4. What is dual diagnosis? 5. What is addiction? 6. What are the symptoms of a …

Mood disorders and alcohol don’t mix!

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC When you have a mood disorder, the use of alcohol may be the same as abuse! Where mood disorders are concerned use may very well be the same as abuse!  Alcohol impairs functioning and it affects thinking, behavior and relationships.  Substances also affect thinking and behavior.  Don’t do anything that would make you relapse …

Weekly Review of Consistency for management of Depression!

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC How to build structure for consistency in management of mood disorders! This form helps you monitor your progress towards goals each week. Consistency is key when you have a mood disorder. People with mood disorders need planning and structure to help manage their symptoms. You can also track your marital/relationship goals if you choose. This …

What are the causes of relapse to symptoms of depression

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC What causes relapse?   The causes of relapse to active symptoms of mood disorder have been well documented over the years. It’s no surprise that these reflect the relapse warning signs listed below. They are: • Medication non-compliance (Not taking the medication as prescribed). • Alcohol and substance use and abuse. • Little or …

What are the Symptoms of Bipolar Depression?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC The Family Institute at Northwestern University Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder formerly known as manic depressive disorder is a mood disorder in which people may have mixed episodes of mania and depression. This is a biological problem and will most likely require medication. The biggest problem with managing this diagnosis is missing the …