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 …

What are the symptoms of Severe Mental illness?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC What are the symptoms of 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 …

About my free E-Book: Manage your Mood.

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Manage your mood (or it will manage you!) The challenge in writing about mood disorders and the impact on relationships for the general public is that the best and most productive discussions are normally face-to-face. My goal then is to establish a rapport with you. It is just one reason why I have woven some …

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

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 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 …

Q & A – Mood & Relationship Disorders?

James E. DelGenio LCPC Mood, Depression and Relationship Disorders, Common Questions  The following is a list of commonly asked questions and answers. I believe this will give the reader an overview of mood disorders and common marital and premarital issues associated with mood disorders. Please review them carefully; I also recommend that these questions be reviewed periodically. 1. What is …

How can family help a loved one with depression?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Senior Staff Therapist The Family Institute at Northwestern University How can family help a loved one with depression? The role of the family in treatment is simply to monitor and report. The family should observe the patient’s behavior and report anything that may be important to the stable functioning and health of the patient. …

Learn a simple relaxation technique.

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Learn how to relax! Most people experience tension; knowing how to relieve that tension can help prevent or reduce anxiety, headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, and a number of other stress related symptoms. Listed below are some simple techniques for reducing anxiety that gets in the way of your happiness. Position: Find a comfortable …

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 …

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 …

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. …