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 …

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 …

Q & A Mood disorders with substance abuse

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Mood Disorders and relationships disorders. Questions and Answers 1. What is a mood disorder? 2. Why shouldn’t you drink alcohol if you are not an alcoholic? 3. Why are depression and alcoholism often found in the same individual? 4. What is dual diagnosis? 5. What is addiction? 6. What are the symptoms of a …

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 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 …

Psychiatric visit reporting form

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Doctor reporting form. Help the Doctor help you! Copy and present this to the doctor at each visit. This list is not all inclusive; report anything which may be useful for your treatment. Call 911 in case of emergency. Name: ___________________________________  Date: ________________ Indicate areas (“X”) in which you feel you need training and education: …