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 …

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 …

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 …

Questions about Mood & Relationship Disorders?

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Mood and Relationship Disorders. Questions and Answers 1. What is a mood disorder? 2. What are the symptoms of a mood disorder? 3. Can a mood disorder be compared to a physical illness? 4. What should you report to your Psychiatrist? 5. Will you have to go in and out of hospitals the rest …

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 …

Do you have a mood disorder?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC What is a mood disorder? A Mood disorder is a generic term for people experiencing mild to severe depressive disorders, situational depression often associated with grief and loss, bipolar disorders, panic and anxiety disorders, phobias, personality disorders and other disorders which may include alcohol or drug abuse or dependence. Check the symptoms list below. …

Depression and high expressed emotion

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Depression and high expressed emotion. High Expressed Emotion (High EE) or lack of civility and respect are known to have a detrimental effect on marital and family relationships. The expression of negative emotions toward or even in the presence of a person with a mood disorder is a major contributor of relapse to active symptoms. …

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 …

What you should know about dual diagnosis?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Senior Staff Therapist, The Family Institute at Northwestern University What is dual diagnosis? Dual Diagnosis means that two or more independent disorders exist in the same individual. Specifically, for our purposes, when I speak of dual diagnosis, I am referring to mood disorder and alcohol abuse or drug dependence. Each exists independently of one another …