Mental Health Info on the Web

Hi,

Somebody close to me has suffered from mental illness for over 1 year.

Where on the Web can I find comprehensive, in-depth and unbiased information on

mental health related questions? I am also very interested to know which online

service is used by psychiatrist for expert medical information on mental

illness.

Thanks in advance

Request for Question Clarification byresearcher-ga

Is it known what mental illness they are suffering from? Any type of

categorization will help in narrowing answers to better resources for you.



One thought on “Mental Health Info on the Web

  1. Gl-ga,

    Your friend is not alone. According to the National Mental Health Association:

    "More than 54 million Americans have a mental disorder in any given year,

    although fewer than 8 million seek treatment (SGRMH, 1999)."

    "Depression and anxiety disorders — the two most common mental illnesses — each

    affect 19 million American adults annually (NIMH, 1999)."

    http://www.nmha.org/infoctr/factsheets/15.cfm

    There are many sites that provide basic mental health information and

    resources, but if you are looking for information on how to best help your

    friend it would be most useful to look at sites geared toward the specific

    illness he or she has been diagnosed with. Some sites for common illnesses

    include:

    The National Institute of Mental Health – Publications about various common

    illnesses:

    http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/index.cfm

    Dr. Ivan's Depression Central

    http://www.psycom.net/depression.central.html

    Anxiety Disorders Association of America

    http://www.adaa.org/

    Sites that provide basic information and answers to common questions include:

    Ask the Expert – questions about many mental illnesses

    http://www.mhsource.com/expert/consumer.html

    The National Women's Health Information Center – mental health

    http://www.4woman.gov/faq/#10

    Depression Frequently Asked Questions – alt.support.depression faq (copy):

    http://stripe.colorado.edu/~judy/depression/asdfaq.html

    The National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association – About Mood Disorders

    http://www.ndmda.org/aboutmood.html

    Sites geared toward mental health professionals include:

    American Psychiatric Association

    http://www.psych.org/

    American Psychological Association

    http://www.apa.org/

    Psych Web – resources for psychology students and instructors

    http://www.psywww.com/

    Academy of Clinical Psychology

    http://www.aclinp.org/

    American Board of Professional Psychology

    http://www.abpp.org/

    Academy for Eating Disorders

    http://www.aedweb.org/

    This information is not meant to replace the treatment of a qualified and

    licensed mental health professional. Some useful tools for locating treatment

    options and support groups are:

    American Psychological Association: Find a Psychologist referral number

    1-800-964-2000

    http://helping.apa.org/find.html

    The National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association – Find a Support Group

    http://www.ndmda.org/findsupportmap.html?agree=0

    Regards,

    Cindy

    Some useful URLs (including some suggested by other Users):

    Google Directory: Health > Mental Health > Directories

    http://directory.google.com/Top/Health/Mental_Health/Directories/?tc=1

    Yahoo Directory: Home > Health > Mental Health

    http://dir.yahoo.com/Health/Mental_Health/

    Open directory: Top: Health: Mental Health: Professional Resources

    http://dmoz.org/Health/Mental_Health/Professional_Resources/

    National Institute of Mental Health

    http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

    The Merck Manual Home edition

    (to view information, click on "interactive edition," then Chapter 7: Mental

    Health Disorders)

    http://www.merckhomeedition.com/

    The Center for Mental Health Knowledge Exchange Network

    http://www.mentalhealth.org/

    Internet Mental Health – online encyclopedia of mental health information

    http://www.mentalhealth.com/

    The National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association

    http://www.ndmda.org/

    HealthWeb – Psychological/Psychiatric General Resources

    http://www.healthweb.org/browse.cfm?subjectid=79

    Search terms used:

    "mental health"

    ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22mental+health%22

    professional resources psychiatry OR psychiatrist

    ://www.google.com/search?

    hl=en&q=professional+resources+psychiatry+OR+psychiatrist

    depression

    ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=depression

    "anxiety disorder"

    ://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22anxiety+disorder%22

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