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 …

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 …

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 …

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 clinical depression?

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 …

How to manage Bipolar Disorder and Denial?

Denial is the biggest obstacle to management and recovery of Bipolar Mood Disorder. People with bipolar disorders, in particular, seem to have the most issues with denial and are, therefore, the most difficult people to treat from a therapist stand point. Through self-deception, rationalization, justification, and excuse making, a person can deny that they have a problem when everyone around …