How to be well when you have depression?

Ten Steps to Wellness  1. Take the medication as prescribed by your doctor.• “I don’t miss often; maybe once per week.” The number one cause of relapse to symptoms is medication non-compliance. This is a tough one. For psychiatric medication to be effective, it must be taken daily as prescribed. I consider compliance to be missing no more than 5 …

James E. DelGenio offers Tele-therapy with BCBS PPO Insurance accepted

The Family Institute at Northwestern University James DelGenio LCPC is a senior staff therapist who offers teletherapy and accepts BCBS PPO Insurance.  Teletherapy is HIPAA approved via Zoom.com  His services include: Individual and family counseling, marital and premarital counseling, and treatment of mood disorders and dependence. Locations: Millennium Park (Michigan Avenue), and Westchester.  Teletherapy anywhere via zoom.  HIPAA approved and …

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 …

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 …

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 cope with depression, panic 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 …

What you should know about premarital counseling?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPCSenior Staff TherapistThe Family Institute at Northwestern University Premarital Counseling is a really good idea!  Premarital counseling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship. This will give you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage. Premarital counseling can also help you identify weaknesses that may become larger …

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, in some cases, 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 …

Why depression and alcohol just don’t go together?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Why are mood disorders and alcoholism often found in the same individual?The answers here are not completely understood. Some doctors have told me that the sites in the brain that are affected by mood disorders are the same sites affected by addiction. Regardless of the chemistry, research has shown that just casual use of alcohol …

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 …