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 …

What are the best coping skills for depression?

James E. DelGenio LCPC Distraction is the best coping skill for depression. Socialization, Exercise, Hobbies, Chores Socialization is an important coping skill. It is good to have fun. Have fun! People with mood disorders often become engrossed in the past, their illness, and problems. They tend to isolate and withdraw. That is just not healthy and is a common symptom …

Signs you are falling back into depression?

1. Negative rumination. Negative thoughts that feel like they are on repeat, over and over again. 2. High anxiety.   Feeling like you want to jump out of your skin. Inability to relax. 3. Isolation and withdrawal. Prefer to be alone, avoiding people in general and friends. Failure to return calls from friends and family. 4. Sleep issues. Unable to get out of bed. Sleeping too …

What causes relapse to depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Relapse Warning Signs and Symptoms of Depression.It is extremely important to be aware of relapse warning signs and symptoms. When one is taking medication as prescribed by the doctor, symptoms are largely under control and the client is stable. The reappearance of certain symptoms is an indication that the medication may need …

Have Anxiety? Learn a simple relaxation technique!

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Learn how to relax! Most people experience tension; knowing how to relieve that tension can help prevent or reduce anxiety, headaches, back pain, high blood pressure, and a number of other stress related symptoms. Listed below are some simple techniques for reducing anxiety that gets in the way of your happiness. Position: Find a comfortable …

Everything you need to know about Mood & Relationship Disorders.

James E. DelGenio LCPC Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Mood, Depression and Relationship Disorders, Common Questions  The following is a list of commonly asked questions and answers. I believe this will give the reader an overview of mood disorders and common marital and premarital issues associated with mood disorders. Please review them carefully; I also recommend that these questions be reviewed …

Weekly Review of Consistency for management of Depression!

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC How to build structure for consistency in management of mood disorders! This form helps you monitor your progress towards goals each week. Consistency is key when you have a mood disorder. People with mood disorders need planning and structure to help manage their symptoms. You can also track your marital/relationship goals if you choose. This …

Symptoms of Depression and other mood disorders

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Symptoms of clinical depression & symptoms of situational depression. If left untreated, symptoms of depression, anxiety and panic may worsen and severely disrupt one’s life. These symptoms can cause untold suffering and possibly lead to hospitalization, strained relationships, divorce or even suicide. Recognizing the symptoms of a mood disorder is often the biggest hurdle to the diagnosis and …

What are the causes of relapse to symptoms of depression

By James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC What causes relapse?   The causes of relapse to active symptoms of mood disorder have been well documented over the years. It’s no surprise that these reflect the relapse warning signs listed below. They are: • Medication non-compliance (Not taking the medication as prescribed). • Alcohol and substance use and abuse. • Little or …