What are the symptoms of severe mental illness?

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC 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. Blunted affect. …

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 …

How to manage Anger and Depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Anger and depression are the flip side of the same coin. Anger and hostility are just the tip of the iceberg. In addition to anger, symptoms may include: lack of civility and respect, lack of motivation, lack of goal directed behavior, sleep issues, too much or too little, overwhelmed with worry or sadness, inability to …

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 …

Manage your Mood Disorder!

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Mood disorders represent people experiencing mild to severe depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, panic, anxiety disorders, phobias, personality disorders and other disorders including alcohol or drug dependence. Major research over the years has not completely explained one singular definitive cause of mood disorders. Generally, most consider a combination of bio-psycho-social factors including: family genetics, personality traits …

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 …