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. …

What are the symptoms of severe mental illness?

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Symptoms of severe 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 affect. …

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 …

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 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 …

How to manage Anger and Depression?

James E. DelGenio,  Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 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, …

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 …