Manage your Mood Disorder!

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Mood disorders represent people experiencing mild to severe depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, panic, anxiety disorders, phobias, personality disorders and other disorders including alcohol or drug dependence. Major research over the years has not completely explained one singular definitive cause of mood disorders. Generally, most consider a combination of bio-psycho-social factors including: family genetics, personality traits …

Why depression and alcohol just don’t go together?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Why are mood disorders and alcoholism often found in the same individual?The answers here are not completely understood. Some doctors have told me that the sites in the brain that are affected by mood disorders are the same sites affected by addiction. Regardless of the chemistry, research has shown that just casual use of alcohol …

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 …

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 …

How to be well when you have a mood disorder?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Senior Staff Therapist The Family Institute at Northwestern University How to be well when you have a mood disorder? Coping with a mood disorder is no easy task!  It takes professional support, education and experience to manage the debilitating symptoms.  In my practice, I have found that if I can provide a structured program …

Mood disorders and alcohol don’t mix!

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC When you have a mood disorder, the use of alcohol may be the same as abuse! Where mood disorders are concerned use may very well be the same as abuse!  Alcohol impairs functioning and it affects thinking, behavior and relationships.  Substances also affect thinking and behavior.  Don’t do anything that would make you relapse …

How to cope with a mood disorder!

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Structure is needed when you have a mood disorders. This form helps create structure around ones weekly activities and goals. People with mood disorders need structure to help manage their symptoms. You can also track your marital/relationship goals if you choose. This tool helps track progress toward any goal by adding structure to your week. …

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 …