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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …