How to recover from depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC How to be well when you have depression! Coping with a mood disorders is no easy task! It takes professional support, medication, psycho-education and experience to manage the debilitating symptoms. With the necessary supports and monitoring, persons with mood disorders can learn to have long-term stability and consistency. I have also found that it takes …

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 causes relapse to depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Relapse Warning Signs 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 …

Questions about Mood & Relationship Disorders?

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Mood and Relationship Disorders. Questions and Answers 1. What is a mood disorder? 2. What are the symptoms of a mood disorder? 3. Can a mood disorder be compared to a physical illness? 4. What should you report to your Psychiatrist? 5. Will you have to go in and out of hospitals the rest …

Symptoms of severe mental illness

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC What are the symptoms of severe mental illness? 1. Positive Symptoms: (characterized by their presence) a. Impaired contact with reality. b. Hallucinations, delusions (often paranoid). c. Thought disorders. d. Thoughts of suicide, homicide 2. Negative Symptoms: (characterized by their absence) a. Lack of pleasure, loss of interest and energy b. Lack of goal-directed behavior. c. …

About Manage your Mood

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Manage your mood (or it will manage you!) The challenge in writing about mood disorders and the impact on relationships for the general public is that the best and most productive discussions are normally face-to-face. My goal then is to establish a rapport with you. It is just one reason why I have woven some …

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. Name: ______________________________  Date: ____________ Indicate areas (“X”) in which you feel you need training and education: …

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 …

Mood Disorder Terms

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Glossary of Terms for mood disorders. The purpose of this glossary  is to begin to familiarize and educate you with psychiatric language. There are many web sites such as WebMD, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that offer more detailed information. There are also many …

Q & A – Mood & Relationship Disorders?

James E. DelGenio LCPC 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 periodically. 1. What is …