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Clinical and Personality Disorders

Client and Consumer Learning

Mental-Health-Matters.com (Get Mental Help, Inc., Kenmore, WA)
Public access. A portal with articles, answers to common questions, and multiple self-help and psychology education resources. The primary navigation--get educated, get involved, and get help--provides access to an array of mental health resources. 

National Mental Health Information Center (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-SAMHSA, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Public access. The major directories include: Programs, Mental Health Topics, Newsroom, Publications, and Resources. The following is a sample of relevant topics within the Resources directory for student and professional counselors:

Health Centers-Mental Health-discoveryhealth (Discovery Communications, Inc.)
Public access. Links are provided to general and specific news, articles (e.g., anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia), and questionnaires (e.g., jealousy, depression, locus of control, self-esteem, social anxiety, etc.) related to mental health.

Health Topics A to Z (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], Atlanta, GA; U. S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Public access. An alphabetical list of directories for health topics--many directories include detailed articles, FAQs, and general and technical information. (A small number of resources is directly related to mental health.)

Science on Our Minds Series (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], National Institutes of Health [NIH])
Public domain, unless a copyright notice is affixed. Access research-based fact sheets that were created for the June 1999 White House Conference on Mental Health. Disparate mental health, biopsychological, and psychosocial topics are addressed within a list of approximately 20 fact sheets.

For The Public (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], National Institutes of Health [NIH])
Public domain, unless a copyright notice is affixed. A NIMH directory with links to brochures, fact sheets, reports, and other educational information related to the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. The list of mental disorders is not exhaustive; however, the disorders and related resources represent a reasonable sample of the many mental disorders identified in the DSM.

Education World-Counseling Community (Education World, Inc., Wallingford, CT)
Public access--ad-supported. This site includes articles, events, reviews, databases, and links that are relevant for counselors in schools, colleges, and mental health agencies. Relevant resources are provided within each directory, including articles that address contemporary topics and issues (e.g., stress management, truancy, school violence, "marginal" students, etc.). 

American Psychological Association-APA (Washington, DC)
Public access. The Topics links (e.g., divorce, depression, sexuality, etc.) within the main site connect visitors to noncommercial brochures and Web sites, and commercial books. APA's public service directories include the following:

Public Information-American Psychiatric Association (Arlington, VA )
Public access. This directory provides access to pamphlets, fact sheets, and other documents related to mental disorders, family disorganization, and treatment--some files are .pdf, and other are in HTML format.

Crime and Victims Statistics (Bureau of Justice Statistics [BJS], U.S. Department of Justice)
Public access. Summary and detailed data are presented for victims of violent and nonviolent crimes. Links are provided for other BJS databases.

Crisis, Grief, and Healing (Tom Golden, LCSW, Gaithersburg, MD)
Public access--commercial components. A relatively unorganized but informative site with links to book excerpts, grief articles, bereavement and mourning essays by laypersons, message or discussion boards (e.g., siblings, child loss, afterlife, and main), and theme-based chat options on designated days.

The Century Council (Washington, DC)
Public access. The Century Council is funded by: Allied Domecq Spirits and Wine North America; Bacardi USA, Inc.; Brown-Forman Corp; Diageo; Future Brands, LLC; and Pernod Ricard USA. The Council distributes, at no cost to schools and colleges, the following multimedia-based alcohol education programs (printed programs are available for middle school students): 

  • Alcohol 101 Plus--A computer based program for college students, which was developed by Century Council and expert advisers…"to help college students make safe and responsible decisions about alcohol." A panel of expert advisers provided oversight and guidance during the development of Alcohol 101 Plus.

  • Alcohol 101 for High School Seniors--This CD-ROM program for high students is the same as the original Alcohol 101 program for college students, which was developed by The Century Council and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (and released 1998). Expert advisers modified the Educator's Guide (for high school students) and added supplemental documents (in English and Spanish). The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is a partner in the development and distribution of this program. 

Dying to be Thin (A NOVA Production by Twin Cities Public Television, Inc. for WGBH/Boston)
Public access. View eight "chapters" (i.e., four to eight minute audiovisual clips) related to Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa. These video clips are formatted to be viewed with either QuickTime or a RealPlayer.

Clinical and Personality Disorders

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General-1999
A HTML option for sections of chapters, and a PDF option for complete chapters (and sections) of the report. Valuable statistical and demographic information for planning mental health services, and creating advocacy strategies. An excellent List of Tables and Figures.

Anxiety Disorders (National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Public access and Public Domain (unless otherwise specified). Five major types of anxiety disorders are highlighted (i.e., Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder [OCD], Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD], and Social Phobia [or Social Anxiety Disorder]).

Disorders Listed by Categories--Internet Mental Health (Phillip W. Long, M.D.)
This site contains a list of the most common mental disorders. Information associated with each disorder include: American description; European description; treatment information; research; information booklets; and magazine articles.

Mental Help Net (CenterSite, LLC, Columbus, OH)
Public Access--ad-supported. Use the index options (including and drop-down menu) to access information related to multiple mental health topics and conditions.

Pendulum Resources--Care and Treatment of Bipolar Disorder (daedalus)
Public access. A resource for information about Bipolar Disorder (formerly, Manic-Depressive Disorder) for patients, family members, and mental health professionals. The Related Disorders directory is useful, and the directory, Famous People with Mood Disorders, provides information about high functioning individuals with serious mood disorders.

Dr. Ivan's Depression Central
Public access. Articles related mood disorders in children, older adults, and individuals with other Axis I and II disorders (e.g., schizoaffective disorders, and borderline personality disorders). Link to medical research and treatment sites; famous people with depressive disorders; and other sites devoted to depression.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-NIAAA (National Institutes of Health [NIH])
Public access. Links are provide to publications and databases related to alcohol abuse and dependence (a.k.a., alcoholism). Clear responses are provided for a list of Frequently Asked Questions--English and Spanish. Refer to the directory, Pamphlets/Brochures/Poster--English and Spanish languages--most are formatted using HTML, and others are .pdf (Portable Document Format) files.

National Institute on Drug Abuse-NIDA (National Institutes of Health [NIH])
Public access. A valuable site that provides information on drugs of abuse--their online publications, including monographs, teaching resources, and therapy manuals. An extensive list of links to organizations and resources related to drug abuse research, education, and treatment.

Mental Health-Yahoo Directory (Yahoo, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA)
Ad-supported. Use a search option or the directory structure to access information related to mental disorders and conditions.

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