Q & A Mood disorders with substance abuse

Mood Disorders and relationships disorders 2 with Alcohol and substance abuse 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 …

Denial – 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

Glossary of Terms for mood disorders http://manageyourmood.net 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 support groups and web sites …

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)

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 same but not as severe as for …

Mood disorders and alcohol use

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 …

Manage your Mood

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 and stressful life events such …