Self-Help: Internet Resources

Self-Improvement

www.selfgrowth.com/mentalhealth_articles.html
With all such internet links, a person must read with discernment. Check to see the qualifications of the writer. See if the ideas are helpful to you. This site has a lot of great articles and then there are some that are not as useful.

www.livestrong.com/blog/
This wonderful site uses behavioral principles to help people quit smoking, lose weight, develop a healthy exercise routine, and so on. A sister site provides assistance for folks who have a cancer diagnosis.

www.behappy4life.com
This site has some good approaches to thinking about happiness. Search for things that might work for you and sift out what does not.

www.psychologytoday.com/basics/mindfulness
One of the major changes in psychotherapy is the addition of practices that come out of Eastern thought and religions. Mindfulness is a practice to help you quiet the noisy and negative brain. Psychology Today is a magazine; it will connect you with some articles on mindfulness.

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Mental Health Resources (General)

www.nimh.nih.gov
is the site for the National Institute of Mental Health. They have a number of publications about a variety of emotional, mental and family problems that you can read on your computer or order for free.

www.nami.org
The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of people with mental illness. They have educational information, on line support groups, and local groups for families and people with mental health problems.

www.apa.org/topics/aging/ 
This page is for the American Psychological Association. It has information on a variety of mental health issues and up-to-date stories in the news. In addition to an alphabetic listing of problems on the page above, you can go to www.apa.org/pubs/ to look for publications on various topics.

www.mentalhealth.com
This is a rich site with lots of information, including computerized diagnosis, information about medications, and Internet links.

Finding a Therapist

www.mentalhelp.net
This is another rich site with a lot of information about research and treatment, with blogs and self assessments. It also has videos.

psychcentral.com/disorders
This site has diagnostic quizzes, an "ask the therapist" feature, and descriptions of different kinds of therapy.

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Medications Used for Mental Health Problems

www.mentalhealth.com/drugrs/
Medications are listed on the left side of the home page. 

Also see the Medication and Depression sections.

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Children's Issues

www.aacap.org/cs/resource.centers  
AACAP Resource Center contains consumer-friendly definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, clinical resources, expert videos, and abstracts from the JAACAP, Scientific Proceedings and Facts for Families relevant to each disorder.

www.ldonline.org
This is an interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children. It includes stories written by children about their difficulties.

www.chadd.org
This is the site for information about Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. It also provides information on local support groups and has information on discounts for medications.

www.aacap.org/cs/Autism.ResourceCenter
Resources about autism for parents

www.psycom.net
A good starting place for reading about depression in children and adolescents.

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Alcohol and Substance Abuse Problems

www.pbs.org
Animations showing how various drugs affect the brain.

store.samhsa.gov
Free information for teens. Use the tabs at the top of the page to find information.

www.mentalhelp.net
Describes 12-step programs and how they work. Also provides alternatives to 12-step programs.

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Alzheimer's

www.alz.org
For information Alzheimer's Disorder, care issues for family members, and information on clinical trials.

www.apa.org
Research and tests related to Alzheimer's.

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Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder

www.algy.com/anxiety
This site has information about a variety of anxiety disorders such as anxiety, OCD, and panic attacks. It also provides ideas for how to deal with a variety of situations that may increase anxiety.

www.aacap.org/cs/AnxietyDisorders.ResourceCenter 
Anxiety in children.

www.nimh.nih.gov
Information from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Attention Deficit Disorder

www.chadd.org
This is the site for information about Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. It also provides information on local support groups and has information on discounts for medications.

www.chadd.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Especially_For_Adults 
This URL leads to information for adults with ADD.

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Depression and Manic Depression (Bipolar Disorder)

www.psycom.net/depression.central.html
A comprehensive site for information on depression and on the most effective treatments for individuals suffering from Major Depression, Manic-Depression (Bipolar Disorder), Cyclothymia, Dysthymia and other mood disorders.

www.1on1health.com
This site has practical advice on the treatment of depression. It is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, a drug company involved in production of antidepressants.

www.wingofmadness.com
Depression information, news and support since 1995.

www.aacap.org/cs/BipolarDisorder.ResourceCenter 
Resources for parents about bipolar disorders.

www.aacap.org/cs/Depression.ResourceCenter 
Resources for parents about depression. Especially strong on medication information.

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Suicide

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Suicide help line. Phone numbers for immediate help 24/7.

www.marvel.com
Online free Marvel Mr. America comic book about suicide.

www.afsp.org
This has information about suicide, including a section on helping survivors of suicide.

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Eating Disorders

www.something-fishy.org
This is a very comprehensive site about eating disorders.

www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org
Eating Disorders Anonymous (EDA) is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders.

www.eating-disorder-information.com
All about eating disorders and recovery. Includes information about common eating disorders such as bulimia, anorexia, binge eating as well as night eating, sleep eating, PICA, muscle dysmorphia, and Prader-Willi syndrome.

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Gambling Addictions

www.oregoncpg.com
This site gives information on treatment in Oregon.

www.addictionrecov.org
This site has a question and answer section that is pretty good. 

www.gamblersanonymous.org
Learn about Gamblers Anonymous.

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Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorders

www.aacap.org
Resources for parents.

www.ldonline.org
An interactive guide to learning disabilities for parents, teachers and children.

www.chadd.org
This is the site for information about Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. It also provides information on local support groups.

www.mentalhelp.net
This site has a quiz to help you decide whether you might have attention deficit disorder. (Note: I think that this test over-diagnoses the disorder.)

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

www.trauma-pages.com
This is a top site for learning about mental health as it relates to trauma and disaster.

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Schizophrenia

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth
A good place to start your research.

www.schizophrenia.com
A non-profit community providing in-depth information, support and education related to schizophrenia, a disorder of the brain and mind.

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