My intention here is not to provide a comprehensive list of websites on the Internet, but merely to list the websites that I've found to be interesting and authoritative sources of information. If you know of a website that you'd like others to know about, please let me know and I'll check it out. (Clicking on any of these links will open a new window in your browser.)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
You pay taxes so you might as well see what your federal tax dollars are doing in the world of mental health. While much of this site is oriented to research and federal grants, the Health and Outreach tab will take you to pages designed for consumers.
California Board of Psychology (BOP)
This website includes information on the profession of psychology, laws and regulations governing licensed psychologists in California and procedures for filing a formal complaint about a psychologist. In addition, you can verify a psychologist's license and learn whether the BOP has ever suspended or revoked a psychologist's license.
National Center for Postraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD)
The NCPTSD aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. Veterans through research, education and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders. You may know someone who has returned from duty in Iraq; if so, this website is invaluable. Posttraumatic stress disorder affects victims of natural disasters, too. We who live in earthquake country can find very useful information on this website about PTSD and natural disasters.
American Psychological Association (APA)
This website for the largest national organization of psychologists has many valuable resources for consumers, including a discussion of psychological services on the Internet. The link here is to the Help Center which features articles and information related to psychological issues that affect a person's physical and emotional well-being.
California Psychological Association
This website also includes information about the practice of psychology in California and other information for the general public.
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)
This section of the AACAP website addresses several common concerns of parents: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (an over-diagnosed and over-medicated disorder), medications, Kids & Pop Culture, etc.. Well worth exploring.
Community-Based (Nonprofit) Organizations
Children's Health Council (CHC) Resource Links
The CHC in Palo Alto is an outstanding source of support and information for parents , children and families. The link here is to their Resource Links page which includes local and national resources.
Parents Helping Parents (PHP)
PHP's mission is to help children and adults with special needs receive the support and services they need to reach their full potential by providing information, training and resources to build strong families and improve systems of care.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
From the website: "The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of all people who suffer from them."
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
From the website: "The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization fosters an environment of 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. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure. The organization works to ensure that people living with mood disorders are treated equitably. DBSA was founded in 1985. " Many educational materials are available free-of-charge the DBSA website.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is comprised of patients, family members and professionals who advocate on behalf of patients who suffer from neurobehavioral disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This website provides a vast array of educational information on the neurobehavioral disorders and their treatment as well as legal and legislative information. Anyone who suffers from a neurobehavioral disorder - or cares about someone who does - would benefit from going to this website.as well as the site for the NAMI California chapter at www.namicalifornia.org
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