physical aches & pains often result in doctors' visits
and evoke compassion from friends and family, mental health
concerns often go unrecognized.
forgetfulness, irritability or irrational behavior caused
by psychological illness may cause annoyance in the same people
who are the best support system during a physical illness.
relationships can become strained if no one knows that there
are physical causes of dysfunctional behavior. Treating the
person with the illness, therefore, often results in healing
for the entire family.
disorders can be mild and cause little interference with an
the initial signs are not easy to spot in victims of depression
or psychological illness. Symptoms may be dismissed by those
around them as "moody" "bad" or "strange",
but with growing awareness of the signs of these hidden illnesses
more people who suffer from mental disorders are seeking help,
finding treatment, and reclaiming their lives.
On the Net, there is a wealth of information
on psychological disorders and treatment options. Along with assistance in finding professional
treatments, there are self-help support groups, forums and live online chats, as well as expert
guides & advice for others struggling with a loved one's psychological or mental health
Web - Well-maintained site with liberal links to everything
psych related. Link lists and information portals, research
info, APA format and journals, self-help sites and top schools
to study psychology...
Psychological Association (APA) - Premier site for
psych information from the APA. Resources for the professional
and the general public are presented in an easy to use format.
Good articles, good links, great site.
Net - UK - Hundreds of links on this site lead to
chat rooms, newsgroups, forums, and links to more about mental
health. Geared to the mental health professional, but a good
resource for anyone interested in the topic.
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) - The mission of
the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to diminish
the burden of mental illness through research, providing access
to fact sheets, clinical trials and funding opportunities
Help Net - Topics are introduced by an article with links to additional information
GoodTherapy.org - Use the searchable database to find a therapist in the US by city or zip code plus browse the forum for questions and answers and a library of related informational articles.
information is intended as reference and not as medical
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.