Structure helps cope with mood disorders!

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Structure and 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. Make multiple copies. Modify as …

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 …

How to be well when you have depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC How to be well! Coping with a mood disorders is no easy task! It takes professional support, medication, 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 that it takes an average of about …

How to manage your anxiety and depression?

Learn how to manage your anxiety and depression. It is good to have fun. Have fun! People with mood disorders often become engrossed in the past, their disorder and relationship problems. They tend to ruminate about negative thoughts running over and over. Recreation and exercise (especially walking) are good for depression and anxiety and are a great distraction when one is …

What is the biggest obstacle to managing depression?

James E DelGenio MS, LCPC Denial  is the biggest obstacle to being well when you have a mood disorder. 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 …

Mood Disorder Terms

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Glossary of Terms for mood disorders. The purpose of this glossary  is to begin to familiarize and educate you with psychiatric language. There are many web sites such as WebMD, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that offer more detailed information. There are also many …

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. …

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? SAD as it is known by many, is a type of depression related to the dark gloom of fall and winter with shorter days and less sunlight. SAD is exacerbated by a decrease in activity level that is generally created in the cold winter months. The symptoms are largely the …