How to Cope with a mood disorder without Medication?

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 …

What are the symptoms of severe mood disorder?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC What are the symptoms of 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. Blunted …

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 …

How to manage Bipolar Disorder and Denial?

Denial is the biggest obstacle to management and recovery of Bipolar Mood Disorder. People with bipolar disorders, in particular, seem to have the most issues with denial and are, therefore, the most difficult people to treat from a therapist stand point. Through self-deception, rationalization, justification, and excuse making, a person can deny that they have a problem when everyone around …

Why do people resist taking medication for depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Resistance to medication? Psychiatric medication is useful in controlling symptoms of mood disorders. Mood disorders are considered bio-psycho-social disorders. They affect thinking and behavior and often create relationship issues. In most cases, medication and medication management are essential in the management of the biology or the chemistry of the disorder. I consider this to be …

Psychiatric Treatment – Help the Doctor Help You

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC How to prepare for your psychiatry appointment? Help the doctor help you to avoid relapse to active symptoms of depression, anxiety or panic.  The Psychiatrist is an integral part of the treatment team. S/he needs your honest input to best help you. If any of the following are problematic, report them to the doctor. Write …

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 …

How to be well when you have depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC How to be well! 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 an average of about one …