Denial  is the biggest obstacle to being well when you have a mood disorder.

James E DelGenio MS, LCPC What is the biggest obstacle to managing depression? 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 is obvious. Denial usual takes …

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 …