How to be well when you have a mood disorder?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Senior Staff Therapist The Family Institute at Northwestern University How to be well when you have a mood disorder? Coping with a mood disorder is no easy task!  It takes professional support, education and experience to manage the debilitating symptoms.  In my practice, I have found that if I can provide a structured program …

What are the best coping skills for depression?

James E. DelGenio LCPC Distraction is the best coping skill for depression. Socialization, Exercise, Hobbies, Chores Socialization is an important coping skill. It is good to have fun. Have fun! People with mood disorders often become engrossed in the past, their illness, and problems. They tend to isolate and withdraw. That is just not healthy and is a common symptom …

What are the symptoms of a mood disorder?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC What is a mood disorder? A Mood disorder is a generic term for people experiencing mild to severe depressive disorders, situational depression often associated with grief and loss, bipolar disorders, panic and anxiety disorders, phobias, personality disorders and other disorders which may include alcohol or drug abuse or dependence. Check the symptoms list below. …

What causes relapse to depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Relapse Warning Signs and Symptoms of Depression.It is extremely important to be aware of relapse warning signs and symptoms. When one is taking medication as prescribed by the doctor, symptoms are largely under control and the client is stable. The reappearance of certain symptoms is an indication that the medication may need …

How can family help one with depression?

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC What to do when your spouse has depression? The role of the family in treatment is simply to monitor and report. The family should observe the patient’s behavior and report anything that may be important to the stable functioning and health of the patient. The patient should not be interfered with directly unless, of …

Everything you need to know about Mood & Relationship Disorders.

James E. DelGenio LCPC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Mood, Depression and Relationship Disorders, Common Questions  The following is a list of commonly asked questions and answers. I believe this will give the reader an overview of mood disorders and common marital and premarital issues associated with mood disorders. Please review them carefully; I also recommend that these questions be reviewed …

What are the Leading Causes of Relapse to Symptoms of Depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor The Leading Causes of Relapse to Symptoms. 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 …

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 …

Psychiatric visit reporting form

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Doctor reporting form. Help the Doctor help you! Copy and present this to the doctor at each visit. This list is not all inclusive; report anything which may be useful for your treatment. Call 911 in case of emergency or with difficulty breathing! Name: ___________________________________  Date: ________________ Indicate areas (“X”) in which you feel you …

What are essential elements of managing depression?

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Essential elements in managing your mood!While a severe mood disorder and/or addiction may not be curable, their results need not be chronic dysfunction. You need not be a helpless victim of a debilitating illness. The frustrating pattern of wellness followed by relapse can be disrupted with proper psychiatric support, therapy and an array of …