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: …

What is the biggest obstacle to managing depression?

James E DelGenio MS, LCPC Denial  is the biggest obstacle to being well when you have a mood disorder. Denial is the biggest obstacle to management and recovery of a mood disorder or alcohol and substance dependence.  Through self-deception, rationalization, justification, and excuse making, a person can deny that they have a problem when everyone around them sees that the problem …

What are the Leading Causes of Relapse to Symptoms of Depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC The Leading Causes of Relapse to Symptoms 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. • …