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Currently recognized mental health disorder information published by the American Psychiatric Association. Access is limited to 2 simultaneous users.
National Alliance for Research
of Schizophrenia and Depression
Since 1987, NARSAD has supported scientific research into the causes,
cures, treatments and preventions of severe psychiatric disorders. The
News and Events section has current news stories about funded research
with an archive going back to 200l; a left-hand sidebar quotes interesting
facts under “did you know?” Disorders A to Z cover topics
from anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline, schizophrenia to suicide).
You may download free fact sheets and publications for ADHD, Borderline
Personality Disorder and suicide if you have Adobe Acrobat . Click on
Materials and you may write or order fact sheets on a wide range of
mental illnesses from AD/HD, adolescent depressive disorders, borderline
disorder, to treatment options for bipolar children. Most of the materials
are free on this site with the occasional request for your email address.
Feeling Blue Suicide
Serving southeastern Pennsylvania, Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council
is a non-profit, non-sectarian, nondenominational organization dedicated
to providing caregivers with professional resources necessary to aid
persons at risk, identify support organizations for survivors of suicide
and provide community awareness.
This site is updated daily by the National Library of Medicine and the
National Institutes of Health and provides many mental health articles,
including ailments, medications, and family/social issues. Some articles
are also translated into Spanish.
Teen Education and Crisis
Teen Education and Crisis Hotline work to prevent suicide by appropriate
education, intervention and referral. One of their programs is Parents
Against Teen Suicide (PATS). PATS was formed for the purpose of detecting
youth at risk and providing preventive education an intervention service
for high risk youth in the areas of drugs, alcohol, teen pregnancy,
child abuse, and suicide.
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(Depression and Bipolar)
All About Depression
Provides information on symptoms, treatment and research along with
links to other resources, rganizations and online support. From the
Mental Health Net, dedicated to educating the public about mental health
and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CAFB)
CAFB is a web-based organization led by parents of children who are
living with or at risk for bipolar disorder. Their mission is to educate
families, professionals and the public; connect families with resources
and support research on pediatric bipolar disorder. The Learning Center
includes online audio and video presentations, conference reports, assessment
scales/screening tools, testimonies and full-text articles on the disorder.
What It Is and What to Do About It
Articles written for teens discussing why people get depressed, the
types of depression, and getting help. From the nonprofit group
The Nemours Foundation.
and Bipolar Support Alliance
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance focuses on the most prevalent
mental illnesses - depression and bipolar disorder. The organization
fosters an understanding about the impact and management of these life-threatening
illnesses by providing up-to-date, scientifically-based tools and information
written in language the general public can understand.
Depression and Bipolar Disorder
Site created by Andy Behrman, who was misdiagnosed by eight doctors
for a major part of his life. It’s based on his book, Electroboy:
A Memoir of Mania and tackles issues on fighting manic depression. In
an easy-to-read layout, it includes an “Am I Manic Quiz,”
“Ask Electroboy” with a submittable online question form,
and a simplified explanation of manic depression, and the different
types of depression.
Harvard Bipolar Research
Program at Massachusetts General Hospital
This site includes general information about bipolar disorder, as well
as an informative resource center. Under Tools/Everyone, you’ll
find sample treatment contracts, mood charts and nstructions on completing
them. Find information on the DSM code for bipolar disorder, FAQs, statistics,
treatment options and suggested reading.
Juvenile Bipolar Research
JBRF is a charitable foundation dedicated to support research in childhood-onset
bipolar disorder, adolescent bipolar disorder, funding promising research
into the disorder’s causes, treatments and prevention. Click on
“In the News” to retrieve news articles about bipolar disorder
in children. The site also has extensive FAQs.
Bipolar Disorders Clinic
Provides information about bipolar disorders, as well as news reports
and links to local support groups and county services in the Stanford,
Center for the Innovative Treatment of Bipolar Disorder
Located at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, part of the University
of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Stanley Center is a research center
whose goals are to increase our knowledge about and understanding of
bipolar disorder and to promote the development of comprehensive and
innovative treatments for bipolar disorder.
Am I so Sad?
Articles written for kids that discuss feelings of sadness, when those
feelings become a problem, and how to get help. Created by the
nonprofit group The Nemours Foundation.
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ARI has been conducting research and providing information on autism
and related disorders since 1967. New information emerges daily about
autism and its surrounding issues. Free information includes the definition
of autism, a diagnostic checklist and research questionnaire. The
“treatment” section contains reports and papers, the use
of vitamins, anesthesia and auditory training. Click on “vaccines
and metals” and discover recent articles concerning the controversy
that links autism to metals and vaccinations.
Autism Society of
Founded in 1965 by Bernard Rimland, Ph.D, the society’s mission
is to promote lifelong access for all individuals within the autism
spectrum. Click on “Autism Info” on the left-hand bar
and receive information on the definition, diagnosis, common characteristics
and theories on autism. Brochures and statistics are free to download.
There’s even a treatment and education section that addresses
children of all ages. High functioning autism (Asperger’s Syndrome)
is clearly delineated from the spectrum of other autistic disorders.
Under Educational Approaches, you’ll find the IDEA and IEP,
legal rights for children who have autism.
the Study of Autism
The Center for the Study of Autism (CSA) in collaboration with the
Autism Research Institute provides information about autism to parents
and professionals. Research is conducted on the efficacy of various
therapeutic interventions. Papers and articles range from definitions
of related disorders, issues that are behavioral, biological, cognitive
and social, to interventions, diet and exercise regimens. Interviews
with professionals on the topic can be found at the bottom of the
page. Although the overview of autism is presented Chinese, Italian,
Japanese, Korean and Spanish, the rest of the web site is in English
Syndrome Information and Support
A site maintained by Barb Kirby and Patty Romanowski Bashe, MS.Ed.
Contains papers and articles, diagnostic scales, education links,
social skills and strategies for individuals with Asperger’s
Syndrome. Law enforcement issues and the disability laws are spelled
out in a clear and easy-to-understand way. The “kids corner”
displays personal stories, poems and writing about kids living with
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This web community was founded in 1995 in memory of John Chiko, who
suffered from schizophrenia. The site is maintained by volunteer individuals
and contractors around the world. It includes downloadable fact sheets
in a variety of foreign languages from Greek, Punjabi to Serbo-Croatian,
risk factor charts for relatives, related illnesses and educational
resources. It also covers the different types of schizophrenia under
from paranoid schizophrenia to undifferentiated schizophrenia. Contents
include brain images, statistics, history, research, treatment, success
stories and more.
Launched by the Anne Sippi Foundation, a non-profit agency, which
began its operations in 1991, to provide students and professionals
an opportunity to develop therapeutic and technical skills in the
treatment of schizophrenia. It also has a research section, which
is designed to determine the efficacy of treatment methods by doing
outcome. Read case histories, articles and newsletters about schizophrenia
on this site.
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