Patient & Family Resources

In addition to treatments, there are numerous online resources available to help you gather ideas and information.

GENERAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

Healthfinder
Web site: www.healthfinder.gov
Sponsored by the National Health Information Center of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, this web site allows you to search for articles and web resources on a range of mental health topics. Use the search bar at the top.

Healthy Minds. Healthy Lives
Phone: (888) 35-PSYCH
Web site: www.healthyminds.org
Sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association, this web site allows you to search for information on a range of mental health topics.

Medline Plus
Web site: www.medlineplus.gov
This web site is a service provided by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine. Click on “Drug Information” for information about medications. Click on “Health Topics” for information about mental health topics. This web site includes a medical encyclopedia and dictionary, directory, and other resources.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Phone: (703) 524-7600
Web site: www.nami.org
NAMI is a self-help, support, and advocacy organization for mental health consumers and their families and friends. The organization provides information, support and resources on bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and other major mental health conditions.

National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: (866) 615-6464
Web site: www.nimh.nih.gov
The National Institute of Mental Health is the lead federal agency for research on mental and behavioral disorders. Click on “Health Information” for information about anxiety, autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other mental health conditions.

National Mental Health Association
Phone: (703) 684-7722
Web site: www.nmha.org
The National Mental Health Association is an education, advocacy, research and service organization that promotes mental health and wellness. Click on “Mental Health Information” for fact sheets on anxiety, children’s mental health, depression and bipolar disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia, suicide, mental health in older adults, and other mental health topics.

National Mental Health Information Center
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Phone: (800) 789-2647
Web site: www.mentalhealth.org
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the National Mental Health Information Center is a gateway to information about mental health topics, services, news, publications and resources. Use the search bar or click on “Mental Health Topics” for information about children and families, disaster and trauma, HIV/AIDS, homelessness, prevention, rural mental health, women and violence, stigma, suicide, protection/advocacy, and other mental health topics.

Office of the Surgeon General
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Web site: www.surgeongeneral.gov
The 1999 Surgeon General Report on Mental Health reports on the prevalence, characteristics, and challenges of mental health problems in children, adults, and older adults. Click on “Reports and Publications,” then “Public Health Reports of the Surgeon General” and select “All Reports.” Scroll down to the year 1999 and click on “Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General.”

Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
Phone: (781) 239-0071
Web site: www.mentalhealthscreening.org
This organization provides information about in-person and online screening for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and offers community-based suicide prevention programs.

DEPRESSION

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Phone: (800) 826-3632
Web site: www.dbsalliance.org
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance educates the public, healthcare professionals, and legislators about the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder and depression. Information is available on the web site about support groups, programs and publications, resources, and state chapters.

Families for Depression Awareness
Phone: (781) 890-0220
Web site: www.familyaware.org
This organization provides information and tools to help families, especially family caregivers and friends, recognize and cope with unipolar depression and bipolar depression. Family profiles, expert profiles, and resources are provided on the web site.

BIPOLAR DISORDER (Manic Depression)

Balanced Mind Foundation
Phone: (847) 492-8510
Web site: www.thebalancedmind.org
This parent-led, web-based support and advocacy organization serves families raising children and adolescents diagnosed with, or at risk for, early-onset bipolar disorder. The site provides access to relevant research articles, instructional materials for parents and educators, on-line support groups and message boards, and directories of local support groups and trained treatment professionals.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Phone: (800) 826-3632
Web site: www.dbsalliance.org
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance educates the public, healthcare professionals, and legislators about the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder and depression. Information is available on the web site about support groups, programs and publications, resources, and state chapters.

ANXIETY DISORDERS

The following links provide information about the diagnosis, treatment and management of anxiety disorders in adults, children and adolescents.

GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD)

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Phone: (240) 485-1001
Web site: www.adaa.org
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America educates the public, healthcare professionals, and legislators about diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and young people, including: generalized anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.

The Child Anxiety Network
Web site: www.childanxiety.net
This site contains resources for parents, children and professionals about: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, selective mutism, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The authors of the site are faculty members of Boston University.

PANIC DISORDER

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Phone: (240) 485-1001
Web site: www.adaa.org
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America educates the public, healthcare professionals, and legislators about diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and young people, including: generalized anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.

The Child Anxiety Network
Web site: www.childanxiety.net
This site contains resources for parents, children and professionals about: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, selective mutism, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The authors of the site are faculty members of Boston University.

AGORAPHOBIA

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Phone: (240) 485-1001
Web site: www.adaa.org
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America educates the public, healthcare professionals, and legislators about diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and young people, including: generalized anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.

SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER(SAD)

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Phone: (240) 485-1001
Web site: www.adaa.org
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America educates the public, healthcare professionals, and legislators about diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and young people, including: generalized anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.

The Child Anxiety Network
Web site: www.childanxiety.net
This site contains resources for parents, children and professionals about: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, selective mutism, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The authors of the site are faculty members of Boston University.

OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Phone: (240) 485-1001
Web site: www.adaa.org
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America educates the public, healthcare professionals, and legislators about diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and young people, including: generalized anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.

The Child Anxiety Network
Web site: www.childanxiety.net
This site contains resources for parents, children and professionals about: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, selective mutism, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The authors of the site are faculty members of Boston University.

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation
Phone: (203) 401-2070
Web site: www.ocfoundation.org
The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation’s membership includes professionals, individuals, and families dealing with obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. Self-help, education and support are available. “OCF’s Organized Chaos” is for teens and young adults.

POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)

Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Phone: (240) 485-1001
Web site: www.adaa.org
The Anxiety Disorders Association of America educates the public, healthcare professionals, and legislators about diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders in adults and young people, including: generalized anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety, and phobias.

The Child Anxiety Network
Web site: www.childanxiety.net
This site contains resources for parents, children and professionals about: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, selective mutism, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The authors of the site are faculty members of Boston University.

ATTENTION DEFICIT /HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Disorder Association
Phone: (484) 945-2101
Web site: www.add.org
The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to adults with ADHD, their families, and the professionals who work with them. The information and resources focus on diagnoses, treatments, strategies and techniques for helping adults with ADHD lead better lives. Click on “Articles” for information on ADHD coaching, organization and time management, career and workplace issues, school issues, legal issues, family issues, diagnosis and treatment, co-existing conditions, and women and ADHD.

National Resource Center on AD/HD: A Program of CHADD
Phone: (800) 233-4050
Web site: www.help4adhd.org
This resource center for professionals and the general public was created by the advocacy organization CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), and is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a national clearinghouse for ADHD information, providing information via downloadable fact sheets, responses from information specialists to individual phone and email queries, and an online database of books and articles known as the National Resource Center on AD/HD Library. The library’s collection of resources includes materials for professionals, educators, parents, and individuals with ADHD, which can be searched by topic, author, or key word. Some of the resources are available in summary form only, while others are available in full text.

MOOD DISORDERS IN WOMEN OF REPRODUCTIVE AGE
At certain points in the female reproductive cycle, women are at higher risk for mood and anxiety disorders. The distinct hormonal and physiological changes that occur prior to each menstrual period, during pregnancy, following childbirth, and during perimenopause (the transitional years preceding menopause), can influence “chemicals” in the brain that affect mood. Minor mood disturbances at these times are not uncommon, but more serious and disabling conditions can also develop. Women and teens with a history of mood and anxiety disorders are particularly vulnerable. For a detailed discussion of mood disorders in women of reproductive age and beyond, visit www.womensmentalhealth.org.

CHILD & ADOLESCENT MOOD & ANXIETY DISORDERS
Click on the Links and Books section of our companion web site, www.schoolpsychiatry.org, to find extensive resources for helping children and teens who have mental health conditions.