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 …

Structure helps cope with mood disorders!

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Structure and mood disorders. This form helps create structure around ones weekly activities and goals. People with mood disorders need structure to help manage their symptoms. You can also track your marital/relationship goals if you choose. This tool helps track progress toward any goal by adding structure to your week. Make multiple copies. Modify as …

Five signs you are relapsing back into depression?

1. Negative rumination. Negative thoughts that feel like they are on repeat, over and over again. 2. High anxiety.   Feeling like you want to jump out of your skin. Inability to relax. 3. Isolation and withdrawal. Prefer to be alone, avoiding people in general and friends. Failure to return calls from friends and family. 4. Sleep issues. Unable to get …

What are the best coping skills for depression and anxiety?

James E. DelGenio LCPC How to distract yourself from your depression and anxiety? Socialization, Exercise, Hobbies, and 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 …

The Family Institute at Northwestern University

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Senior Staff Therapist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University The Family Institute at Northwestern University 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 …

How to be well when you have a mood disorder?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC The Family Institute at Northwestern University How to be well when you have a mood disorder? Coping with a mood disorders is no easy task!  It takes professional support, medication when necessary, psycho-education and experience to manage the debilitating symptoms. With the necessary supports and monitoring, persons with mood disorders can learn to have …

What are the Symptoms of Bipolar Depression?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC The Family Institute at Northwestern University Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder formerly known as manic depressive disorder is a mood disorder in which people may have mixed episodes of mania and depression. This is a biological problem and will most likely require medication. The biggest problem with managing this diagnosis is missing the …