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 …

Manage your Mood or It will Manage You!

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPCSenior Staff Therapist,The Family Institute at Northwestern University How to Manage your Mood. This material will not resolve all the issues associated with mood disorders without professional intervention. My goal here is to begin the process of identification and education. I want to help familiarize you with symptoms, terminology, facts, and related issues. I would …

What causes relapse to depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC 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 …

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 …

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 …

How to manage depression, anxiety and panic?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Keys to managing depression anxiety and panic 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 …

Symptoms of Depression and other mood disorders

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Symptoms of  depression If left untreated, symptoms of depression, anxiety and panic may worsen and severely disrupt one’s life. These symptoms can cause untold suffering and possibly lead to hospitalization, strained relationships, divorce or even suicide. Recognizing the symptoms of a mood disorder is often the biggest hurdle to the diagnosis and treatment. I will list commonly recognized symptoms; see …

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 …