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 …

Coping with a mood disorder

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC How to cope with a mood disorder. It is good to have fun. Have fun! People with mood disorders often become engrossed in the past, consumed with depression and anxiety. They tend to have negative thoughts that just repeat over and over again. Learning to cope takes experiential learning with a CBT therapist. Recreation and …

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. …

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 …

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 …

Relaxation Technique

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Learn a Relaxation Technique to reduce anxiety! Most people experience tension; knowing how to relieve that tension can help prevent or reduce anxiety, headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, and a number of other stress related symptoms. Listed below are some simple techniques for reducing anxiety that gets in the way of your happiness. Position: …

The Family Institute at Northwestern University

The Family Institute at Northwestern University TFI is a unique not-for-profit organization that is leading the way in all facets to strengthen and heal families from all walks of life through clinical service, education and research. No other institution brings together such a concentration of knowledge, expertise and academic credentials to help improve the lives of people in the Chicago …