Web Links
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15.1 MentalHelp.Net
This is arguably the premier site to explore all aspects of mental health, including psychological disorders and treatment, professional issues, and information for consumers. It is a great starting point, with links to more than 8000 resources.
15.2 National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
NAMI describes itself as “a grassroots, self-help support and advocacy organization of families and friends of people with serious mental illness, and those persons themselves.” Its online site responds to their needs with extensive and current information about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other severe disorders.
15.3 Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General
In late 1999, the Surgeon General issued the first comprehensive survey of the state of mental health in the United States. This report has provided a crucial foundation of statistics and other information for understanding the needs for mental health care in the 21st century.
15.4 Obsessive Compulsive Foundation
The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation was created to support research, educate the public, and provide help for people suffering from OCD. The site houses newsletters, brochures, and videos on the subject of OCD. Of particular interest are reviews of many books on OCD.
15.5 National Center for PTSD
This site offers numerous resources devoted to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Browsers also have access to the PILOTS database, a free searchable guide to the worldwide literature on traumatic stress.
15.6 National Institute of Mental Health: For the Public
A wealth of information on psychological disorders is available at this subpage of the National Institute of Mental Health’s massive website. Visitors will find detailed online booklets on generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, and other psychological disorders. Brief fact sheets, dense technical reports, and many other resources can also be found here.
15.7 Dr. Ivan’s Depression Central
Some might suggest psychiatrist Ivan Goldberg’s site would be better titled “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Depression.” He offers a great depth of resources regarding mood disorders.
15.8 Doctor’s Guide to the Internet: Schizophrenia
Produced by a communications and medical education consulting company, the free Doctor’s Guide site is updated frequently to provide a current overview of the state of research on schizophrenic disorders. A more detailed set of resources for physicians parallels this site, which is intended primarily for patients and their families.
15.9 David Willshire’s Forensic Psychology and Psychiatry Links
This site’s webmaster, a senior psychologist at Australia’s Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, has brought together a large set of annotated links on all aspects of forensic matters—that is, how the law and criminal justice system interact with psychology and psychiatry.