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 …

Psychiatric visit reporting form

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Doctor reporting form. Help the Doctor help you! Copy and present this to the doctor at each visit. This list is not all inclusive; report anything which may be useful for your treatment. Call 911 in case of emergency or with difficulty breathing! Name: ___________________________________  Date: ________________ Indicate areas (“X”) in which you feel you …

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 …

What are the Symptoms of Bipolar Depression?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC The Family Institute at Northwestern University Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder Bipolar Disorder formerly known as manic depressive disorder is a mood disorder in which people may have mixed episodes of mania and depression. This is a biological problem and will most likely require medication. The biggest problem with managing this diagnosis is missing the …

Symptoms of Bipolar Mood Disorders and how to cope.

Symptoms of Bipolar mood disorders by James E. DelGenio LCPC Negative rumination i.e. negative thoughts on repeat often cause conflict in relationships.  Physical distraction of any kind will help some, i.e. cardio work, chores, walking, hobbies. If these don’t help you will need to consider medication. Overwhelmed with anxiety, panic, depression. This causes lack of motivation and loss of interest.  …

Issues to discuss before Marriage. What you will learn in premarital counseling?

By: James E. DelGenio MS, LCPCSenior Staff TherapistThe Family Institute at Northwestern University Premarital Counseling is a really good idea!  Premarital counseling can help ensure that you and your partner have a strong, healthy relationship. This will give you a better chance for a stable and satisfying marriage. Premarital counseling can also help you identify weaknesses that may become larger …

Denial  is the biggest obstacle to being well when you have a mood disorder.

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC   Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor 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 …

What are the Leading Causes of Relapse to Symptoms of Depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC    Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor The Leading Causes of Relapse to Symptoms. 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 …

Why do people resist taking medication for depression?

James E. DelGenio MS, LCPC Resistance to medication? Psychiatric medication is useful in controlling symptoms of mood disorders. Mood disorders are considered bio-psycho-social disorders. They affect thinking and behavior and often create relationship issues. In most cases, medication and medication management are essential in the management of the biology or the chemistry of the disorder. I consider this to be …