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Browse at your leisure. Each site listed is identified by name and includes a brief review by a student. This page will be updated often.

United States Department of Veterans Affairs website can be used by counselors and clients, as well as concerned family and friends of veterans. This website offers an overview of PTSD, common reactions of PTSD, common treatments of PTSD, an assessment section, a family and friends section, a resources section, and much more. This website is a reliable government run website that can be easily accessed and it is easy to navigate through. Other sections of this webpage also list locations of resources, veteran benefits and programs, and related links.  +Amanda+

National Institute of Mental Health website offers a brief overview of OCD, treatments used for OCD, signs and symptoms of OCD, getting help, and other resources available. Along the right side of the website it lists publications and related professional journals related to the topic of OCD. The National Institute of Mental Health website in general offers information and resources on an array of mental health topics (OCD was just selected out of interest). This website is highly research-based.  +Amanda+

National Eating Disorders Association provides a great deal of useful information regarding eating disorders. This website allows people to locate resources that are not easily accessible otherwise. Because there are several different ways to obtain education and ways in which support can be provided to those suffering from an eating disorder, the National Eating Disorders Association provides an information index where several links are available. There is information provided regarding current research on eating disorders and ways in which supporters or clients can get involved in the effort to help prevent and cope with eating disorders. The website is useful in providing information for those who are experiencing issues regarding self image and disordered eating. While much of the information provided on the website is useful, some of the links for further information are redundant and could be used for other purposes. {Bethany}

Help with Autism, Asperger's syndrome & related disorders” is intended to provide FREE general information on autism and Asperger’s syndrome to families, health professionals, and to the community. This website was set up by an Australian social worker whose main goal was to provide free practical information, strategies, and fact sheets to help inform the public and not force them to pay for anything. There is information on early intervention and therapy for children, ways to deal with behavior issues and ideas on how to address communication and education. There are also personal stories and parent support links offered. {Samantha}

(Article) Anxiety Disorders: The Role of Psychotherapy in Effective Treatment is about anxiety disorders and effective treatments for anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, panic disorder, related disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. It gives a brief description of each and then discusses why it is important to treat these disorders. The author of this article thinks that if panic disorders are left untreated several consequences will occur and it will affect your behavior in a way, which will damage relationships with family, friends and coworkers and will also affect job performance. Cognitive therapy and behavioral therapy are the two techniques highlighted in this article as being the most effective in treating anxiety disorders. This article gives a useful overview of anxiety disorders and what has been effective in the past to treat people who suffer from this disorder. What I also find enlightening about this article is that although the author expresses his opinion on appropriate techniques, in the conclusion he addresses the importance of tailoring the treatment to the needs of the patient and how the therapist and patient should work together in developing a treatment plan. {Heather}

The purpose of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and Peter Levine website is to explain Somatic Experiencing (a therapeutic technique developed by Levine) and to endorse its use in the healing of trauma in clients. SE addresses trauma from a physical standpoint, and maintains that trauma is caused when the body’s natural responses to a threatening situation are stymied. Excess energy is then stored in the nervous system, and the storage and management of this excess energy are what cause the physical and psychological problems associated with trauma (e.g. post-traumatic stress disorder). Levine maintains that clients can be more gently healed by a safe and gradual release of these energies, rather than reliving the trauma to find resolution. The foundation’s mission statement, training schedules for certification in SE, and news and articles regarding the technique can be found on the website, as well as related links and a bookstore. I found the information on this site interesting and thought-provoking. "Nancy"

Website dedicated to helping people with eating disorders, this section of HealthyPlace.com, contains articles on eating disorders, treatment options, and personal stories of people going through their own struggles and recovery. Lists medical, psychological, and behavioral signs of someone suffering from an eating disorder. Also offers e-mail list for those suffering with eating disorders to communicate with each other and ask for support. Overall, a very well put together site! "Melissa"

This is a site that offers various links dealing with social anxiety disorder. Topics concern a wide range of cause and effect. The site gives viewers a chance to submit responses to the article shared. I found this site to be quite informative and spent hours reviewing the various links. *Noretta*

Viewers to Growth Central are able to order books on how to manage one’s anger. This site provides workbooks that employ major anger control interventions. The workbook is especially designed for those who cannot participate in individual programming. I recommend this site for those who have children with anger management problems. *Noretta*

This websites mission is to help those with AD/HD by providing information, education, research, and through advocacy. It is loaded with issues from definitions of the disorder, research, medications. It includes a kids section, teen section, family section, support groups, school information, and links to other sites of interest. This website has an abundance of information for those who have AD/HD, those who have a loved one with AD/HD, and for those who counsel or teach individuals with the disorder. *Jessica*

Gift from Within is a nonprofit organization, and its website provides help for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, those who are at risk for developing PTSD, and those who care for individuals who suffer from this disorder. This site provides articles, resources, and support for anyone who would like to know more about post-traumatic stress disorder. It also includes inspirational poems and articles. *Jessica*

This site is a professional site for DID-Dissociative Identity Disorder. ISSD stands for The International Society for the Study of Dissociation. Professionals can join the society, and there is membership information on the site. This is a superb resource for the public and family members of those recovering from dissociation as well. The site includes reviews, weblinks, membership information, diagnostic procedures, treatment guidelines and planning, types of therapy for DID, consults for therapist students and supervisees. I find this site very helpful, supportive, comprehensive, and inclusive. Great overall site. *Jodi*

A helpful and informative website for self-injury/self-mutilation—more commonly known as “cutting.” Self-injury is a type of addictive behavior that people use to cope with stressors and uncomfortable or overwhelming moods, thoughts, and feelings. Even though it may appear to others as something strange and painful, people who “cut” are comforted by the act and (to them) it feels better than everything else, i.e., the other things that they are attempting to numb in the process. Self-injury can also be seen as an anomaly in that it appears to be an out-of-control behavior; however, the self-injurious person is aware of what he or she is doing and is in control. As with other addictions, a self-injurious person has to have a desire to quit and change behavior. The recovery process requires support, understanding, and self-exploration. The healthyplace.com offers self-help advice, a connection to a self-injury community, chats, forums, and the option to post your experiences as a way to help others. *Ann*

This website shares information on social anxiety disorder. The site contains various links to questions one may have on issues dealing with social phobias. The website offers solutions to help those overcome the fears of being out in public. This site can be utilized by both students and clinicians. *Noretta*

This site is a gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and provides a wealth of information, education, support, and other resources. Appropriate for clinicians, survivors, and those who care. It includes 1) four basic fact sheets on PTSD, 2) frequently asked questions, 3) seeking help—how to find a therapist, 4) treatment, 5) coping, and 6) effects of a disaster. It also includes links to the National Center for PTSD. This center is founded by a international leader in trauma, Dr. Bessel Vanderkolk. I had the opportunity to take a workshop with Dr. Vanderkolk. He is devoted to research and cutting-edge treatment which includes the body in the healing of trauma. His website also contains the National Center for Victims of Crime, Center for Journalism and Trauma, and Gift from Within—information for survivors and caregivers. I have recommended both sites to many and have found them supportive and informative. *Jodi*

The Violent Death Bereavement Society serves as a centralized forum of information and training for service providers of loved ones and family members after violent death. *Joyce*

This site is for the Sidran Institute, located in Towson, Md. This is a nonprofit organization focusing on traumatic stress education and advocacy. The institute helps people understand, manage, and treat trauma and dissociation. It has a computer base of resources that lists therapists, organizations, and training facilities for specialized treatment. It had articles and books that the consumer could either read at the site or order through the Sidran Institute. *Terry*

I actually came across this website by accident, but when I started looking at it I found that it would be very useful to be knowledgeable about the site. Womensplace works with women of all types of abuse (physical, emotional, psychological, violence, sexual, spiritual, financial—and gave examples of each type of abuse). The website gave information on obtaining a PFA, legal advocacy, planning for safety, facts and statistics, did you know?, Are you abused?, Womensplace success stories (including moving women around and out of state to get away from the abuser) and several ways to contact help. There were also links to other websites that would be useful for a woman who may be abused. *Denise*

The Autism Society of America (ASA) was founded in 1965 by a small group of parents working on a volunteer basis out of their homes. Since then, the society has developed into the leading source of information and referral on autism. The mission of the ASA is to promote lifelong access and opportunity for all individuals within the autism spectrum, and their families, to be fully participating, included members of their community. This website offers links to autism information, autism research, information about ASA, and autism resources by state. I discovered a great site within this site, The Oakland County chapter of ASA in Michigan offers an on-line resources link to different topics related to autism including alternative therapeutic methods, developmental products, occupational therapy, supplements, cookbooks, and diet. Both of these websites would be useful to parents and professionals. *Alicia*

This website is a very general site. It gives basic information for the public to use to learn more about autism, where to find support, services, and state-by-state information. It does provide how each presidential candidate views the importance of government funding for autism research, as the election is drawing near. The site also gives the latest autism news highlights nationally. (Samantha—10)

U.S. Congress created ADEAR in 1990 to compile, archive, and disseminate information concerning Alzheimer’s disease for health professionals, people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, and the public. The ADEAR Center is operated as a service of the National Institute on Aging and as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The site has extensive information about Alzheimer’s disease including basic information, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. It has links to caregiver information, latest news, and publications regarding Alzheimer’s disease that you can order (some are free!). My favorite link on the site is to clinical trials. It explains participation in clinical trials, different types and phases of trials, what happens during the trials, and what people need to consider before signing up for trials. This link enables you to search the various clinical trials happening all over the U.S. Once finding trials in a particular state, it will explain each of those trials in detail, including inclusion and exclusion criteria, phase of the trial, and if the trial is still accepting new participants. This particular link is wonderful for families with someone that has Alzheimer’s disease in that it gives them hope and a sense of empowerment in trying to find other ways of possible treatment. *Alicia*

MentalHealthAbout explores the idea of whether medication or therapy is best for treating depression. I feel that this website would be a great resource for a client who may think that medications are the only way to treat depression. The article is not biased on whether one is better than the other but explores both subjects. *Carrie*

This website was very helpful in dealing with a client who has a diagnosis of ADHD. The site includes articles and books that parents, educators, or counselors can read to be helpful for the client who has ADHD or the parents. I found two articles that were very helpful for the family of an ADHD child. It has a section titled "Let's Talk" that allows people to ask for help and share ideas. It has a section titled "Education"—it deals with classroom tips and the latest info on ADHD. *Terry*

This website is geared toward mental health professionals. It even states that fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome are medical problems, and may be the answer to some of your "challenging" patients. Both medical problems cause pain and fatigue, and oftentimes no cause can be indicated for the symptoms. These conditions are oftentimes labeled as "It's all in your head" syndrome due to the difficult nature of the diagnosis. The article explains both medical conditions and what associated symptoms to expect. The website then gives advice for working with such patients, in that depression normally follows. *Megan*

The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance is a nonprofit organization that answers more than 5,000 calls per month on its toll-free information and referral line and receives nearly 101,500 individual visitors monthly to its website. This patient-directed organization has developed its website as a way of improving the lives of people living with mood disorders. Included on the site is information on depression and bipolar disorder. The site focuses on the symptoms, types, treatments, and support group possibilities for each diagnosis. There is also a section on suicide prevention, which offers information and advice on dealing with this issue. This website also provides information on support groups and chapters and even offers a directory, so that a person can search for a group in his or her area. The "Programs and Publications" and” Resources" sections are full of information as well, so that a person could locate literature or professionals that may be useful to them. The "Resources” section also provides a discussion forum and a chat room so that people can share their experiences and offer advice to one another. I think that this would be particularly useful in helping clients to see that they are not alone. The support they may receive from others suffering with the same diagnosis may aid them greatly. This website provides an abundance of information written in "person-friendly" terms. I think that clients would greatly appreciate this fact because they would not be overwhelmed with "terms” and "professional jargon." I feel that this website would be useful to counselors and clients alike as it is full of a great amount of applicable information. *Valerie*

This website is the work of the Autism Genetics Cooperative. The AGC is a group of researchers and clinicians who work with families who have children affected by autism to try to find the genetic basis of autism. The National Alliance for Autism Research underwrites this website. The main goal of this website is to keep parents informed about any breakthroughs in the field of genetics with regard to autism. It seems to me to be very thorough as it explains what autism is and describes the different categories of Pervasive Developmental Disorders, gives an overview of genetics, and explains autism and environmental factors. There is also a section on family stories and frequently asked questions—which I believe would be very helpful to parents in their quest for more information on the topic of autism. A counselor could point a family in the direction of this website to learn more about how genetics relates to autism. This site could be especially helpful to a family with a child who has been newly diagnosed. This website also contains a news section which discusses the findings of different research studies on autism. I found this section very interesting, and I think this section could be beneficial not only to parents but also to teachers, doctors, counselors, etc. Also important is the section that lists the various links that someone might find helpful in his or her search for information. All in all, I think that this site is informative on the genetics of autism and could be useful to a great variety of people who deal with autism. *Valerie*

This website contains information about what it means to be "intersexed." There are descriptions and definitions of what all of this means as well as links to support groups, and chat rooms. This would be a valuable website for anyone who would want to learn more about this topic. *Heather*

This website gives information about premarital counseling. There are other links on this website also. This website would be useful to counselors as well as couples who are seeking premarital counseling. At first I did not understand the exact purpose of premarital counseling, but this site is very informative. *Heather*

This Eating Disorders site goes beyond the typical exploration of anorexia and bulimia to include the equally important areas of binge and compulsive eating. It explores the manifestation of these disorders throughout the lifespan of males and females. Most noteworthy, however, is the inspirational section titled Survivors Wall. *Jennifer*

The Trauma Information Page, maintained since 1995 by licensed psychologist David Baldwin, provides an overview of trauma and trauma responses, specifically Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is a helpful site for professionals helping clients dealing with all types of trauma, whether it is sexual assault, death of a loved one, or a national disaster. It offers a vast number of links to articles, readings, and resources pertaining to trauma, trauma treatments, and support services, including helpful fact sheets and handouts on coping strategies. Those interested in further information can directly access PILOT (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress), an on-line database with more than 3,000 article citations. *Kristina*

Post Trauma Resources (Solutions for life's toughest problems) is a full-service trauma, prevention, and recovery firm. The goal of Post Trauma Resources is to assist organizations before potential traumatic incidents, so that they may respond as effectively as possible. Post Trauma Resources was founded in 1982 by Lawrence H. Benjamin, Ph.D., when he was awarded a contract to provide mental health services to Vietnam veterans and their families. In 1985, the Post Trauma Resources expanded its services to non-combat survivors. Post Trauma Resources' services include trauma response, violence prevention, training seminars, and public safety. It also provides several helpful links.

The primary goal of this agency is to assist organizations; however, it can serve as a valuable resource to anyone having to deal with the aftermath of a traumatic experience. *Michele*

This website focuses on anxiety disorders. It begins by defining what an anxiety disorder is and how it differs from normal, everyday feelings of anxiousness. The article continues by giving two real life stories of children who suffered from anxiety disorders. Next, the different anxiety disorders are explained, as well as associated symptoms. Who is likely to suffer, why it happens, then how it is treated, are all included in a list. The article concludes with common questions asked by the parents of children suffering from anxiety disorders. This site is a helpful reference for both parents and mental health professionals who work with children and their families. *Megan*

This webpage contains a list of celebrities either diagnosed, or suspected to have suffered from bipolar disorder. Although the list is relatively short at this time, it is growing, and a short biography is being written for each celebrity. I think this site would be great for someone recently diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder. It shows that people can live through the disorder and excel creatively as well. *Megan*

I am very interested in PTSD. I feel that there is more PTSD than what is reported and that the numbers will continue to grow. This website was very interesting and informative. There are more than fifty subtitles within this website that are loaded with information that is easy to read and understand. There is also an easy link to the site map, FAQ, Links, Search PILOTS, and Mailing List. I could not possibly list my favorite sites because each one was just as interesting and informative as the last. I highly suggest taking a look at this site. *Denise*

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is the result of a Congressional mandate to the Department of Veterans Affairs to address the needs of veterans suffering from PTSD. Its purpose is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. Although the website's origin was to help veterans, the site is now an impressive resource for all sufferers of PTSD, with special sections for victims of accidents, child abuse, community violence, and many other causes. An extensive history of the formal codification of a DSM diagnosis of PTSD is discussed, as well as modern day treatments. In addition to the information specifically designed for publication on the ncptsd.org site, relevant published articles, newsletters, etc. are available for download in a PDF format (PDF reader software is required). The site is also fully multimedia and gives visitors the ability to view many different videos on PTSD. Some professionals may even qualify for continuing education credits simply by viewing the presentations (movie player software can be downloaded via link if not currently installed). A section on where sufferers of PTSD can go to get professional help as well as support groups is listed as well. *Mike*

The Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is the only national nonprofit membership organization dedicated to informing the public, healthcare professionals, and legislators that anxiety disorders are real, serious, and treatable. Their website is designed to provide useful information to clinicians, academicians, sufferers of anxiety disorders, and the general public. Extensive overviews of various related disorders are available, as well as brief descriptions of the types of therapies that are used to treat sufferers. By selecting the website's self-help button, individuals can search for a support group near them. A button is also available to obtain specific information regarding women and anxiety, as according to the website women are twice as likely to experience anxiety disorders as men. Professionals can join the ADAA by selecting the professional development link, where they will gain access to numerous educational opportunities including a subscription to The Reporter, the official newsletter for professional members. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the site is its access to postings of actual clinical studies currently being conducted (including recruitment information for study subjects). Individuals wishing to participate in advocacy for individuals who suffer from anxiety disorders can participate in organized activities and relevant legislation tracking with the click of a button. Books recommended by the site can be purchased though cooperation with Barnes & Noble (the ADAA receives a commission on all items purchased from the site). The website's find-a-therapist section, however, was disappointing. I tested it for various ZIP codes, and even generically for Pittsburgh, none of which resulted in a hit for a local therapist. *Mike*

This website contains information about the many different kinds of anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses. They affect both children and adults. This website gives an overview of the anxiety disorders and could be very useful to counselors as well as people who suffer with anxiety disorders. *Heather*

This website is an on-line support group for breast cancer survivors. Avon is a leading company in support of breast cancer research and treatment for women, and especially for women who would have no other means of funding for care. The website has links to sites for the empowerment of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. You can access a lot of information on breast cancer research and treatment from this site. Another great link is the support group where women can share their experiences with each other. I would recommend this site for anyone dealing with breast cancer and for their families. There is also an FAQ link for questions and answers. ~Diane~

Avenues of Counseling and Mediation is fairly resourceful. It gives various links telling when to seek help and some of the symptoms of disorders. Mainly focusing on ADHD, it gives the “facts vs. fiction” on it as well as bipolar disorder. Another highlight of this site is a link to some therapists in the Ohio area, and it gives a quick background on them. A confidential e-mail address is also provided. ~Abigail~

Elsevier Science: I selected this site with reference to Impulse Control Disorder. I was impressed with the site's analyses of major, suggested, and optional interventions when working with individuals with Impulse Control Disorder. A few of these interventions included anger control resistance, anxiety reduction techniques, behavior management, milieu therapy, elopement precautions, and support system enhancement. ~Nick~

This is another site that deals with social stories. This site has example stories for therapists and parents to read. They cover such subjects as hygiene, emotions, and being at school. This site also describes ABA and discreet trial and other methods for intervention. ~Brad~

This is a great site for description of social stories. These are often used for autistic children. They help them relate and understand the world. This site helps to show therapists how stories can be written and used in the field. This would also be a good place for parents to go and understand how the stories are used. ~Brad~

This site is basically a resource center and forum for the parents of autistic children. The diet is a gluten free and casein free diet. This site answers some commonly asked questions. They also have a support group food directory. This site can help if any parent is trying to help his or her child with this diet. ~Brad~

Families With Autism explains why treatment for children with autism should be intensive and in-home. Behavior therapy is something that can teach children the proper way to act. A mentioning of applied behavior analysis and discreet trial are also in the general information. They have a section about the different kinds of therapies used. They also have a resources page with links to other autism sites. ~Brad~

The site is for patients, their families, and mental health professionals to provide diagnosis, treatment, and impact of Tourette's syndrome and other mental health disorders. The site gives information on the conditions, behavior issues, education issues, and advocacy of childhood onset conditions such as Tourette's, ADD, Asbergers, and others. The use of humor and cartoons in the site lightens the load of the information for children and makes the site more appealing to look at. ~Katie ~

This site was created from information from both OCD patients and medical professionals. The site tells what OCD is and informs you what kind of treatment is used for OCD. There is a link to resources on OCD all over the country and a list of books to read on the subject. Luvox tablets is the kind of medication this site is saying to take for OCD. There is a link to the prescribing information to see if Luvox is right for you. The site backs up its information about Luvox by telling success stories of the medication. The information in this site seemed helpful for counselors diagnosing and treating OCD as well as for people who suffer from the disorder. ~Katie~

Autism Society of Wisconsin focuses on in-home therapy for young children with autism. The author went through lists of questions that would typically be asked by parents searching for services. The site told the philosophy of the counseling agency as well as what is expected of the family of participants. I found this site very informative and easy to understand, especially for parents who are seeking services. ~Michelle~

The International Society for the Study of Dissociation site is extremely beneficial to the professional counselor who is interested in or working with an individual diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. This site offers training and education information as well as journal articles and group membership. There is also an area devoted to on-line resources for the public in which a self-help link provides a variety of other links to organizations and specific informational sites. ~Stephanie~

Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) site offers support and information for people affected by XP or Xeroderma Pigmentosum. This is a person who has a life threatening sensitivity to all UV radiation, especially sunlight. These are people who have to live in the dark. The site's information is based on those suffering from XP, whether it be a family member or the actual person with the XP. It releases information on support groups and updates on the newest research. It also provides links to other sites and offers contact information for those who need more information. This site can be very useful for counselors to refer clients affected by XP. ~Kathleen~

Autism-PDD Resource Network is a guide in altering the awareness of issues pertaining to the Autism Spectrum Disorders. It gives a site index into related topics on autism and provides insight into the topic of autism. I thought this website had many useful subjects in autism. It is definitely a useful and informational site for those interested in learning more about autism. ~Kathleen~

The Autism Link is a site for information on autism, but it is specific to Western Pennsylvania and that makes it unique. Set up for parents or interested friends or professionals, it does supply links to national organizations. It does, however, have links to local organizations, events, an area to type in information so that people may help in finding services for the autistic individual. There is an area for legal information and rights, causal theories and research, related disorders, support groups, and information specific to Western Pennsylvania. Most fascinating were the articles written by high functioning autistic persons and their way of viewing and feeling the world. It was very easy to navigate. ~Pat~

Psychiatry Matters MD is a magazine that publishes articles about the mental health field. The website uses DSMIV criteria to diagnose specific disorders and tells you the proper treatment of these disorders. There is a full database of psychiatry drugs that are used in treatment. The database even shows warnings and cautions of each drug. There are additional links on this site to articles, journals, societies, and support groups. I think this site was useful because the meds database is something that is always needed when working with clients, and the site also helped to diagnose disorders using symptoms the client describes. ~Katie~

The Eye on the Prize Gynecological Cancer Support site provides support and information for women living with gynecological cancer. This site is easy to navigate and includes personal stories, frequently asked questions, an e-mail discussion list, and advocacy opportunities. There are even links for multicultural sites dealing with this topic. While non-medical professionals run the site, the information contained in it could be a good source of comfort for clients, their friends, and caregivers dealing with issues surrounding these types of cancers. ~Rachael~

Eclipse is a website that I located by searching for depression education information. On this website there is information about depression and its symptoms, information about "manic depression" and symptoms of that as well. There is information for families and information about potential support for friends and family attempting to help a loved one as well as themselves cope. Offers links to other websites. Eclipse explains that it is a website with basic information and, with that said, it would be more likely to be helpful for a client. <Marianne>

The Attachment Disorder Site was developed by a mother who adopted her son from a Romanian orphanage at the age of four. The site has links for therapy, parenting issues, and nurturing activities. The site also describes one mother's journey with an AD child. <Tracy>

The Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association website gives a definition of social anxiety disorder and gives practical examples of what life is like for people with social phobia. There is also a forum for finding existing cognitive behavioral therapy groups to help you overcome social anxiety. <Tracy>

Welcome to Behavior Disorders. This website was very informative and easy to read. I feel that this would be a good way for parents and clients to go through what exactly the symptoms are of certain mental disorders, medications for these diagnoses, and other behavioral plans. There are also suggestions for teachers to deal with these children. Another section also lists what all is involved in an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and an Individual Transition Plan (ITP). Finally, there are several frequently asked questions that are answered thoroughly and appropriately. <Wendy>

The Mental Health Sanctuary site seems to be very useful. There are several diagnoses specified: ADHD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and gender identity to mention a few. Once you click on these diagnoses, you are taken to a page with several links on this topic. You are also given a chance to look up the DSM IV criteria, articles, resources, and bulletin boards. I noticed there was a lot of information on how to deal with the crisis that occurred on September 11, 2001. I personally found this site very organized and informative. <Wendy>

There was a case I mentioned in class about this diagnosis and no one knew what I was talking about, so I thought I would find a helpful site to inform everyone about Aperger's. O.A.S.I.S. (Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support) site gives you information on any aspect of Asperger's that may be of interest. It goes through everything from the DSM IV criteria to schools and camps to conferences. I cannot explain how helpful I found this page to be. The links were very user friendly, (that’s probably why more than one million people have used this site) and everything was just recently updated on 8-1-01. Before, I had a hard time finding resources on this diagnosis that were helpful when I had my client. I wish I knew then what I know now about this site. This diagnosis is rather uncommon so, if you have never heard of Asperger’s Syndrome, try this site and you can become quite knowledgeable of its components! <Wendy>

This Award Winning PMS site provides trusted, comprehensive, independent research and information on PMS and PMDD. The latter, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), is a "severe" form of Prementrual Syndrome (PMS) and is a "legitimate" mental disorder, cited in the DSM-IV, 2000 APA, pages 771–774. <Karen F.> (Site name no longer valid) 

How to Recognize a Narcissist, is a thorough site devoted to Narcissistic Personality Disorder written by a layperson. Includes definitions, recognizable traits, sections on attachment, what is normal and reading lists. Does not present itself as anything more than one person's experience but is well researched. <Carol>

Tribal Elders is another very inclusive site dealing with Narcissistic Personality Disorder from many different perspectives including family dynamics, the workplace, and coping strategies, among others. Has much useful information, some of which is quite emotionally charged. <Carol>

I found this depression website to be interesting and informative for anyone who may be struggling with a mood disorder and who's looking for self-help. This organization is composed of persons with, family members of persons with, and professionals working with the illness of depression or manic depressive illness. There are various links to offer different perspectives on mood disorders, including question-and-answers, first-person experiences (by patients and also by patients' family members), books and videos for review, among other resources, as well as educational pamphlets for adolescents and parents of adolescents who may be experiencing mood problems. For those interested in starting groups in their community, DRADA offers regular trainings for group leaders. The site seemed to be well maintained and up to date with information on coping strategies for dealing with the recent "Attack on America" and other pertinent information. The members of DRADA work in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's deptartment of psychiatry to ensure the credibility of information provided. <Caroline N.>

The Prader Willi Syndrome Association (PWSA) created a website to increase awareness regarding Prader Willi syndrome. It offers information about the genetic aspects of Prader Willi syndrome, medical treatments, glossary terms, diagnostic criteria, and the Prader Willi food guide pyramid. This association “serves as an interaction vehicle of communication about Prader-Willi syndrome.” This website presents information about PWSA and chapters, PWSA policy and position statements, PWSA publications and products, research, personal stories, family support, and conferences. <Tina D.>

This website offers knowledge about Down syndrome complied by professionals and parents. In addition to general knowledge, this site includes personal stories of individuals who have Down syndrome, which will touch your heart. Some important information found on this site explains about the different organizations for Down syndrome, parent matching and support groups, inclusion and education. This site is unique because parents provide personal experiences in raising their children who have Down syndrome. <Tina D.>

The National Institute of Mental Health provides a website to increase the awareness of mental health, and this particular link focuses on anxiety disorders. This website explains what an anxiety disorder is and the types listed include post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. This website gives an array of personal stories of specific anxiety disorders and how it affected individuals’ lives. <Tina D.>

Bella Online: Panic Disorders site is a comprehensive on-line network created by women for women. It gives and opportunity to share interests, provide support and encouragement, and take a look at any and all aspects of life. The site offers "hosts" who are particularly skilled in discussing the topic chosen. I reviewed the Panic Disorder section in particular and only browsed the other areas that you can link to. <Nicole>

Understanding and Dealing with Depression (ages 6 to 12 years old) website was written by Michael G. Conner, Psy.D., clinical psychologist. He gives a summary describing exactly what depression is. He then goes on to give the major symptoms and behaviors that are associated with depression in children. He also discusses the serious and critical symptoms such as suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, and prolonged abuse of alcohol an drugs. He describes in detail the models of depression and gives examples of the common treatment approaches used for depression in children. This website was informative, and the author went one step further by giving advice to parents of children with depression. [Yvonne]

The Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Tourette Syndrome is a very informative website concerning those who have Tourette syndrome. This website has many links to different subject areas from the etiology of this disorder to information on the Tourette Syndrome Association. It also discusses the many treatments used for Tourette syndrome. I found this website useful, for not only those who may have Tourette syndrome, but those who wish to learn more about this disorder. [Yvonne]

The On-line Aspergers Syndrome Information and Support site provides information and support for parents of children diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome. It can access a variety of educational and study links and also contains an updated reading list with the latest news regarding Aspergers syndrome. [Tim]

This comprehensive Anxiety Disorders Association of America site is presented and maintained by the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. It provides general information regarding various disorders and lists a variety of consumer resources. It also includes a chat line and a message board. In addition, the structure and mission of the ADAA is discussed. Nationwide events and a literature review are also included. [Tim]

MCP Hahnemann University Social Anxiety Treatment Program site is presented by MCP Hahneman University (Drexel University). It defines social phobia, identifies its causes, and outlines treatment choices. It also provides information helpful in choosing a competent and qualified therapist. The site also discusses possible effectiveness of both psychopharmacology and behavior therapy. [Tim]

Although only a one-page site, I thought PhysicianChat.org gave good explanations of common childhood anxiety disorders. I found this site interesting due to the fact that anyone who works with children will see these signs and symptoms listed on the site. [Mark]

Another good site for looking up childhood disorders and symptoms is at The University of Texas at Houston site. What makes this one different from the previous site is that this site provides a list of call-for-help and referral numbers. [Mark] (Site requires further search to reach this information.)

All Health focuses on explaining childhood depression, but allows you to tap into many other health concerns of various ages. It also lists chats, clubs, and boards that can be accessed. [Mark]

The International Society for the Study of Dissociation is for both seasoned and novice counselors and therapists working with clients with abuse and trauma histories. This website is unbelievably comprehensive. For aspiring experts working in the field area, this international professional community of clinicians and researchers promotes research and training in the treatment of dissociative disorders. Additional professional resources such as associations and professional societies are linked sites. For example, a home page of the American Psychological Association which has psychNet and PsychInfo, searchable databases on psychological topics, is easily accessible. Foundations and centers of study webpages are available also, such as the National Center for PTSD. And on-line journals and listserves can be accessed including the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation for submission of articles for publication. Guidelines for treatment working with clients who are DID is another highly recommended document to view. In addition, amazon.com is a link site which leads to Sidran Foundation and Press. This site has an annotated catalog of the best in clinical, educational, and survivor-supportive literature on dissociative disorders and related topics for professionals and lay people. To summarize, this site is the primary forum in which the leading experts in this area discuss cutting-edge treatment, research, and training publication. [Barb]

This social health site in the UK discusses what is social phobia, what do people suffering from social phobia think and feel. Also, it gives information about different ways of treating social phobia. [Gina]

Autism Society of America is a great site to find all kinds of information relating to autism. The site is consistently being updated with current news, conference updates, medications, and job listings. This site is good for the general public as well as for professionals. It contains general information on autism, and contains many different links to resources. It also gives a comprehensive suggested reading list. The "getting started" option on this site's homepage is an easy way to utilize all the different site locations. [Lisa]

Bipolar Children and Teens is a great "support" site for parents of children and/or adolescents suffering from bipolar disorder. The home page contains stories submitted by parents of a child with bipolar. The site contains many links to different sites relating to child/adolescent bipolar disorder. You can find descriptive information on medications, mental health workshops, support and assistance agencies, and major mental health organizations. The different available links are broken down nicely in categories of concerns, which makes it easier to find the information you need. [Lisa]

Mollykat's webpage is a link to issues of managing self-injury and safety. Site includes strategies for dealing with self-injurious impulses questionnaires, and links to sites which are related to self-destructive behaviors, such as abuse, and PTSD. A good support resource for both clinicians and patients who deal with the issues of self-injury. Includes information about diagnoses and finding a treatment professional. The site is designed and maintained by an individual who has developed some mastery over her self-injurious behaviors. She has researched related sites for professionals as well as those interested in self-help. [Melissa]

Founded in 1984 by Mary Guardino, Freedom From Fear's mission is to "aid and counsel individuals and their families who suffer from anxiety and depressive illness. Ms. Guardino founded FFF as a result of her own experiences with anxiety and depression. This website consists of a screening room, where individuals answer a questionnaire and receive referrals to health care professionals. It also lists where one can receive free treatment, as well as joining the Freedom From Fear Club. [Jessica]

Located in California, the people who put together Brightlife Phobia and Anxiety Release Centers claim that in three to five two-hour "personal breakthrough coaching" sessions, that your phobias and panic attacks will be permanently relieved. It even goes so far as to claim that results are 100 percent guaranteed, as if they are advertising appliances! The entire first section of the site acts as a constant pat-on-the-back speech featuring "testimonials" of people who swear by Brightlife's techniques. Anyone with problems such as anxiety or depression should steer clear of this site. [Jessica]

The Wing of Madness Depression Community site claims to be one of the oldest sites on the web dealing with depression. Topics such as what to do when someone you know is depressed remind us to listen, take them seriously, and to learn all there is to know about depression. Other topics include causes of childhood depression, why women are more prone to depression, and dealing with depression during the holidays. The site also consists of a useful chat room for those who feel as if they are alone, as well as newsletters and articles. [Jessica]

The Body is an AIDS and HIV information resource. Provides on-line therapist to discuss issues and provides peer support and up to date information on testing and treatment news. There are links to more than fifty organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS. There also articles on government updates on bills that affect the population. [Tracey]

Helping Hands is dedicated to those suffering from anorexia and bulimia. Helping Hands is a small support group started for teenagers who were looking for support for their eating disorder and it has since expanded to schools around Florida and may soon be taken nationally. This site provides support thorough the understanding of what the person suffering is dealing with because they have been there themselves. It also provides what family and friends can do. I found this site to be very interesting and helpful, especially for teenagers. [Jan]

At Mirroe-Mirror you will find a great deal of comprehensive and detailed information about anorexia, bulimia, and compulsive overeating, as well as issues that often surround an eating disorder (with many links to corresponding information). I found this site to be very interesting and informative. I would recommend it highly to anyone interested in eating disorders. [Jan]

(2) This website that concerns eating disorders. It includes definitions, warning signs for friends and family to look for, signs and symptoms of relapse, and much more. There are also links and chat rooms for support for those who may be affected by an eating disorder in any way (i.e. patient, parent, friends). There are also numerous links to other resources and organizations. [Felicia]

EDAP (eating disorders and prevention) is a nonprofit organization devoted to the awareness and prevention of eating disorders. This site offers many links to additional resources on eating disorders. [Felicia]

The Center for Eating Disorders is located in St. Joseph Medical Center. It claims to be one of the nations most comprehensive programs for the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorders. This site includes featured articles, links to more information on eating disorders, and chat or e-mail discussions that include question and answer opportunities. [Felicia]

This site from the Cancer Care Counseling Line provides information about where cancer patients and their families can turn for support. The site offers a toll-free number though which individuals can receive help from a professional social worker. A list of services offered is also mentioned, which includes emotional support, educational materials, and ways to find home and child care, as well as means of financial assistance. I thought this site offered a very useful service to people clearly in need of help and support. [Lorie]

A father of an autistic boy created the site The Human Internet. It provides very useful information for other parents of children with autism or pervasive developmental disorders. He shares their life stories and experiences in a journal that is broken down into numerous topics for easy finding. This site has links to hundreds of other sites regarding useful information on these disorders, such as diagnosis, clinics, alternative care, traditional care, behavioral issues, civil rights, legislation, organizations support groups, and much more. [Stacie]

Autism Resources website offers a wealth of information and numerous links regarding the developmental disabilities autism and Asperger’s syndrome. There is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) memo that includes definitions and descriptions of autism and Asperger’s, a glossary of terms and acronyms, lists of related disorders, treatments, books, movies, history, organizations, initiatives, etc. Advice to parents who discover their child is autistic is provided in a collection of messages from several parents on an autism mailing list. Also, a wide variety of autism-related books are recommended for parents, children, teachers, and other professionals. [Stacie]

What to Do When a Friend Is Depressed is a guide for teenagers posted by Hopkins Technology. It begins by describing depression. Issues such as causes, seriousness, types, and treatments are written in a very simple, yet informative, question and answer format. This site then lists some myths and facts about teenage depression and suicide. A checklist of symptoms is given so that teenagers can recognize depression and/or suicidal ideation in a friend. If a friend has some symptoms, advice is given as to how to help the friend. "As a friend, you can help." [Nancy]

The Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders site describes obsessions and compulsions as well as listing features, causes and treatments. It also offers an OCD self-assessment questionnaire. The page titled "What to do During Obsessing" lists seven self-help steps with an explanation of each technique. "Stopping Your Compulsions" has five self-help practice steps. This site is informative and insightful into obsessive-compulsive disorders. Reading materials and audiotapes are also available. [Nancy]

Depression is a good site for someone who wants to learn the basics about depression. It is written in very simple terms. It defines depression and lists common symptoms and some possible causes—biological vs. heredity vs. drug and alcohol. Methods of treatment are explored—therapy vs. medication vs. ECT. The site also executes a depression symptom screening which gives immediate results. [Nancy]

A.D.D. Consults offers a wide range of information on attention deficit disorder. Some of the topics that the site explores are symptoms of A.D.D., strategies used to help kids diagnosed, and how to distinguish if it is A.D.D. If one wants to read up on a specific topic relating to A.D.D., the site offers many different informative articles. I found the site very interesting and educational on the subject. I have many residents that are diagnosed with this, but as staff we are not educated as to how to help children and their families deal with it. I found that this site was a great learning tool on attention deficit disorder. [Amy]

This Bipolar Disorder in Children and Adolescents website offers information on organizations providing support for families and/or parents raising a child diagnosed with bipolar disorder. It also provides private support groups if one is not comfortable with public organizations. I thought this was great that the site offered this choice in support groups. The site seemed to be really interested in helping parents and families realize that they are not alone. The one aspect I found interesting as well as helpful is the personal accounts shared by parents of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Hearing others' concerns and revelations can be calming and reassuring to others sharing the same experience. Articles, books, and other websites are also available on this site. [Amy]

I found the American Anorexia Bulimia Associations, Inc. site insightful in helping to better understand why this disease occurs, and who it most likely happens to. The AABA offers a wide variety of services, from helplines to prevention programs for anorexia and bulimia. The site has links to offer information and guidance to the patient and the patient's family and loved ones. The site also has a link to a website that offers information for the professional working with clients who have an eating disorder. These links offer up-to-date research and information to use when speaking and educating clients who come for help. One interesting and unique part of the website is that it includes and offers information for males with anorexia or bulimia and not just focusing on females. [Amy]

This Intensive Treatment for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder website not only defines OCD but also explains the "medical condition" of this disorder. Provided are pictures of the brain showing the difference in brain functioning with and without OCD. A checklist of behaviors typical of OCD is also available and can be filled in and printed out to give to a therapist/counselor. A four-step method of treatment using cognitive behavioral therapy is explained in detail. Explanations of how the four steps can be mastered with and without the assistance of a counselor are also provided. This website is an excellent source of information for both client and counselor. [Christina]

Depression, Bipolar, and Mood Disorders Web Resource Page offers help for a very serious condition. Included are items such as recent book reviews of the subject of depression; a directory of physical health issues which may affect mental health; a Depression Quiz to determine if you may need to see a mental health professional or to show you some of the issues which may begin to create depression; a mental health support groups and network link with state-by-state listings. There also is a Clinicians Yellow Pages to assist you in locating professionals in your community. This section offers a listing of disorders which you can check off after which you enter your city and state. Other links are included for families and professionals alike who are dealing with an issue of depression. This site might prove helpful to the non-professional who is seeking help for a loved one or friend. [Laura Lou]

This site contains written accounts of the experiences of mentally ill people. It contains articles, various periodicals, and updated information. You can find a lot of good information on schizophrenia, depression, panic disorder, paranoia, and suicide. I particularly enjoyed reading about the attitudes people have toward mental illness. It tells the origin of stigmas associated with people with mental illness and how they affect them. There is also a section on the costs of mental illness. You can read about how much money goes in and out of the state and federal government as a result of treatment and research for mental illness. [Carrie]

Dr. Ivan's Depression Central site I liked because it gave a cover page with numerous categories, from severe to less severe, for the user to look at. I checked out a few of the options and liked the information available. For example, when I looked at SAD, it gave me an overview of info on what the disorder is and access to counselors who treat SAD. I thought it was well organized and user friendly. This could be used by either a counselor or a client; however, I think it is more helpful to a counselor to use to assist learning about a particular disorder and its potential treatment options. (Sonya)

This particular depression website is very user friendly toward a "client!" This site offered a lot of good information. I particularly liked the quiz offered to distinguish between being clinically depressed or just the normal "down in the dumps" depressed. I am happy to report I took the quiz and don't appear to be clinically depressed!! (Sonya)

This bipolar disorder site would be excellent for either a client or a counselor. It briefly describes the characteristics or symptoms of bipolar disorder. It gives examples of signs to look out for, if a person may be experiencing mania and depression. This site does not give suggestions on how to deal with a bipolar person; it mainly deals with diagnosis. (Nena)

The Anxiety Panic Internet Resource (tAPir) is is a "self-help network dedicated to the overcoming and cure of debilitating anxiety." This site offers information on anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, phobias, shyness, generalized anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. It includes a diagnostic description of the major anxiety disorders; info on current treatment choices such as psychotherapy, medication, relaxation, and exercise programs; explication of current theories and research findings concerning causes and recovery; a newsletter; on-line support groups; a registry with support groups and specialists in specific locations; personal accounts of people dealing with this disorder; and a comprehensive list of links. This site is a really valuable resource for people coping with anxiety disorders and would also be of great value to counselors wanting to know more about this disorder. (Charlotte)

Fear of Flying and Other Phobias provides help and information relating to various anxiety disorders. It includes panic attacks, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress syndrome, and fear of flying. There are self-assessment questionnaires and much information about self-help programs. Information about particular disorders is detailed and updated, and multiple resources and web links are provided. Persons who recognize symptoms of a particular disorder are encouraged to seek help from a professional in their geographic area. However, a phone consultation can be arranged through this website with Dr. Reid Wilson, who is the director of the Anxiety Disorder Treatment Program in Chapel Hill and Durham N.C. (Jeannie)

The Obsessive Compulsive Foundation website provides detailed and up-to-date information and scientific research on obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders for the public and professionals. At this site you are able to access information about diagnosis, treatment, medication, conferences, and support groups. You can also obtain information about professionals who specialize in OCD therapy. Links are provided to find therapists in specific geographic areas. Included at this site are sections that provide book and movie reviews, message boards, and chat rooms. There is also an area where you can post a question to “Ask the Experts.” (Jeannie)

Shyness and Social Anxiety is provided from Berent Associates—Center For Shyness and Social Therapy. Jonathan Berent, director of the New York center, presents an audio introduction. This site provides extensive information on social anxieties, particularly shyness. A free sociability questionnaire is available through the site. Also included are case studies dealing with issues such as fear of public speaking, school phobia, selective mutism, sex in the twenty-first century, and intimacy anxiety. There are therapy tips on self-regulation, which include relaxation, imagery, yoga, and meditation. There is also a section on neuroscientific treatment for ADD/ADHD using EEG biofeedback training. (Jeannie)

"And so it goes...mental health" is prepared by a woman with dissociative identity disorder (DID), borderline personality disorder (BPD), bipolar disorder, mild obsessive compulsive disorder, and a history of self-injury and surviving rape. She starts off by explaining the reason why she maintains the site. There are a fair number of links to other sites with information on such topics as anxiety disorder; attention deficit disorder; bipolar disorder; borderline personality disorder; depression; dissociative identity disorder; eating disorders; obsessive compulsive disorder; and others. The links do not appear to be very extensive. (Jeff)

At health.com provides information about various disorders. There is information about many mental health conditions. The information provided seems to be geared toward nonprofessionals but would seem very useful in allowing someone without a clinical background to get a basic understanding about the various disorders. There are articles that appear to be more geared toward therapists and counselors. There are also links to treatments centers, therapists, and information about medications. It may be a little limited since it appears to list only treatment centers and therapists that are members. (Jeff)

Center for the Study of Autism: Good site. There is a disclaimer at the bottom that explains the site is educational, not medical, and it is. The site is well organized into different sections. The first gives general definitions and information about various types of autistic disorders. The next discussed various issues. The third provides information on different intervention techniques. The fourth section I found interesting. It is titled “Temple Grandin.” This is apparently Ph.D. from Colorado who is diagnosed with autism. The articles she writes are from a personal point of view and interesting. The fifth section describes activities that can be done with siblings. The last section is a good list of links. (Jeff)

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): Very good site. This site contains thorough information on ADHD. The information is appropriate for professionals and parents. There is a large section devoted to advocacy for school children. There is a section listing treatment options and some descriptions of those options. I liked the section of FAQs. This would be an excellent site to recommend to parents to get some good accurate information. There was also a thorough listing of links to governmental, educational, and mental health sites. (Jeff)

The Postpartum Stress Center website is a site for the general public and professionals. The information in this site outlines the services provided by the Post Partum Stress Center located in Rosemont, Pa. The center was created by Karen Kleinman, MSW, in 1988. These services target mothers who are at high risk or who are actually experiencing post-partum depression, post-partum stress syndrome, pregnancy loss, post-partum obsessive compulsive disorder, post-partum anxiety disorder, and prenatal depression. Services at the center include diagnostic assessment, individual/group/couples therapy, psychiatric evaluation, risk assessment, grief counseling, and consultation, training, and supervision to professionals. Karen co-authored a book, This Isn't What I Expected. This site has a few screening questionnaires, resource links, and links to message boards and chat areas. In addition, it provides general information and statistics about post-partum mood changes, medications for treatment, and a suggested reading list. This site is a good starting point for those searching for general information on postpartum depression. (Diane)

Though I came into this social phobia website by mistake, I found it to be quite interesting. Social phobia or social anxiety disorder: fear of being judged by other people; fear of standing in a crowd because you think someone is going to say something about the way you look, the way you are standing, anything not so nice. This disorder is the third largest mental health care problem in the world today according to the website. It is also misdiagnosed by health professionals and clients, often confused with schizophrenia. Lots of information at this website for both professionals and consumers. ( V )

Something Fishy: A Website on Eating Disorders provides any and all information concerning eating disorders. It provides articles addressing eating disorders and defines all aspects of ED. The site defines ED, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, compulsive eating, and binge eating. The site provides signs and symptoms to look for and the dangers involved with ED. The site also explores causes and prevention of ED. It provides on-line support through chat rooms, support lists, and a bulletin board. <Autumn>

Excellent comprehensive resource center for doctors, friends and patients who are dealing with eating disorders. Includes signs and symptoms, what you can do, physical dangers, research resources, etc. Also includes a section titled "Remember It Hurts," containing letters from victims themselves. This site is a must see. [Jan]

This website addresses eating disorders in a helpful manner by offering ideas and support to both sufferers and their families. Includes personal stories and very down-to-earth suggestions. Readers can post their own personal stories, chat, read about survivors, combat negative thoughts, check symptoms, find a hotline, or simply learn more about various eating disorders. A good starting point. (Joani)

The Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders is a pro-recovery website for those seeking information and assistance on how to cope with and overcome an eating disorder. The website includes information relating to the treatment and identification of eating disorders, as well as cultural issues in eating disorder education. (Jamie - 10)

Eating Disorders: Very comprehensive review of bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Educates on these disorders while focusing on symptoms, treatment, resources, on-line support and current research. Offers links to more than two dozen websites and includes mailing lists, articles, and other publications. There is a therapist link that will locate local organizations that offer treatment for eating disorders. Very educational, and useful for both the professional and the patient. (Joani)

Attachment Disorder Support Group is a site designed to educate and inform consumers in the diagnosis and treatment of attachment disorders. It defines attachment disorder, lists causes and symptoms, and provides a network of state by state therapists trained in the treatment of attachment disorders. There is a discussion forum where people can share their stories with others on the difficulties in raising an unattached child. This site also provides a comprehensive listing of other attachment disorder sites. (Beth)

Obesity.com is for those of us who constantly battle with our weight. There are numerous categories to click on with different information about weight loss: why we yo-yo, how to change our attitudes and develop new ways of approaching our eating habits, how to prepare ourselves before we begin a weight loss program. This site even explores with us what is so satisfying to us about being overweight. It's worth a click. (V.)

The Center for Eating Disorders site originates from the St. Joseph Medical Center, Towson, Md. It appears somewhat useful for those suffering from anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorders as well as their families. This site offers information about the various disorders; answers to commonly asked questions and a forum for obtaining information from specialists; quizzes to see if you or a loved one may have an eating disorder; on-line discussion groups; a "Just ask, we'll answer" site (being upgraded, so down temporarily); and the "Latest News and Inspiration" section—this month's feature is an article titled "Understanding Body Image" written by a dance/movement therapist—very interesting and informative. (Charlotte)

(2) This website addresses every aspect imaginable for those suffering sleep insomnia. The website is maintained by Sarah Richards, MS, a licensed counselor/mental health counselor from Oregon. The site includes a self-help for sleep problems questionnaire. Questions relevant to sleep disorder symptoms are asked, and multiple choice answers are given for selection. Then a short paragraph addressing the relevance of the answer is given. Another section covers behavioral/cognitive techniques people can utilize on their own to overcome insomnia. People can send their symptoms to a professional, and for a fee, receive an interpretation of their problem through the mail. A list of new research related to sleep disorders is included. There is a section on the importance of dreams, journaling dreams, and interpreting dreams. The importance of maintaining one's mental health is strongly encouraged, and the site seems to encourage one to consider counseling services for sleep insomnia, as many sleep disorders are stress related or psychological. The self-test will indicate whether further professional assistance is warranted. (sleep lab, counseling). (Joani)

BPD Central is designed for the consumer, either a person diagnosed with borderline personality disorder or someone who cares for someone with the disorder. The information provided includes a collection of on-line resources, frequently asked questions about BPD, symptom list, recommended readings, and treatment providers through a state by state directory. The site is not a colorful one and requires a lot of reading, but the information seemed worthwhile for anyone looking for education and information. (Beth)

This website is a great tool for not only someone with borderline personality disorder (BPD), but also counselors and those involved with someone with BPD. BPD is defined using a DSM definition and a non-DSM definition. There is a lengthy list of thoughts and feelings that indicate BPD, as well as common BPD thinking and types of BPD. This website also provides information for those involved with someone with BPD. This information includes how to take care of yourself and the emotional and verbal abuse that may be displayed by someone with BPD. Choosing a therapist can be difficult for anybody, especially those with a personality disorder. This website covers in detail how to choose a therapist and what types of therapy are most effective for treating BPD. This website includes a lot of useful nformation that may make working with and treating BPD less difficult. [Christina]

Counseling for Loss Life Changes is an excellent source of information on the subjects of loss and grief. It contains numerous articles, a children’s corner, information on grief resources, and inspirational writings. I was most interested in some of the personal journal entries that were included. There are a large number of links to related resources, a grief forum and a chat room. In all, it is a good source of information and a useful resource for folks dealing with such loss. Mark)

Northern County Psychiatric Associates is an interesting little site. Information can be found here regarding anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and a number of others. There is not enough information to tell you everything that you want to know, but enough to get you started and links to help with the rest. (Mark)

Palace.net is dedicated to individuals who cope with difficult feelings and emotions by partaking in self-injurious behavior. SIB, otherwise known as self-harm, is a practice often seen in individuals who have low self-esteem, poor self-image, and difficulty in using coping skills. This site is meant to be a comfort and provide support and help options for those living within this lifestyle. I found it to be very helpful simply because this behavior is often viewed as disturbing and confusing to those who have not been educated. It clearly defines what is considered to be SIB, symptoms, causes, and help available to those in need. (Megan)

Mosaic Minds is a website that provides support, information, and resources for people whose lives are impacted by dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder), primarily as a result of severe childhood trauma. The website contains a vast array of community forums in which people can share their experiences, ask questions, seek affirmation, and get support. In addition, other highlights of the site include an extensive list of articles and other reading material related to dissociative identity disorder (DID), links to other Internet resources, a section for creative expression (drawing, poetry, etc.), and opportunities to volunteer to help keep the site going. There is also a great deal of information available related to self-injury. The site provides solid resources for users who need information and support related to keeping themselves emotionally and physically safe, links and resources to use in a crisis, and even strategies for staying safe on the Internet. (Linda)

Panic Survivor is a website that provides information, support, and resource information for people who struggle with any forms of anxiety and/or panic. The site’s largest section is the forum section, in which users can get information, support, ask questions, and share their experiences with panic and anxiety. Another feature of the site is a collection of stories from people who’ve survived panic and anxiety, providing useful insight for other people who deal with the issues. The site also contains reading materials and links to other resources available on the Internet. The site’s approach, overall, seems to be to assist people who struggle with panic and anxiety in understanding more about it, seeking support, and coping with feelings of isolation, and helping others who’ve experienced similar problems. (Linda)

"Stop struggling with anxiety day after day...Stop wishing for a miracle...Get ultimate anxiety relief!" This website attests to the fact that "this website will cause you to completely eliminate feelings of nervousness, irritability and anxiety." This site offers an all natural supplement called "Ultimate Anxiety Relief" that contains a variety of ingredients (i.e., Valerian Root, Passion Flower, St. John's Wort, Vitamin C, Jujube Seed, etc.) that can greatly reduce one's anxiety. The testimony of "success stories" is documented throughout, which could make this product enticing to anyone who seeks anxiety relief. Success stories also stretch across the United States and through North America. This product is also regarded to promote physical and mental well-being; improvement in thought process and focus; helps to prevent fatigue, tension, nausea and nervousness; is non-sedating, non-addictive with no side effects. My impression is that this product sounds interesting and the testimony seems fairly solid. On the other hand, sometimes just believing a product works can do more for a person than the "product" itself. If the combined ingredients do not cause harm in combination and it's approved by the government, then the person(s) has nothing to lose if he or she is not comfortable taking a more prescribed psychotropic medication. (Dave)

The Anxiety Network International gives very clear definitions of the different types of anxiety disorders. It also goes into detail about panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Each of these disorders has an individual page with numerous links on it. These links include articles written by doctors as well as clients, words of advice, links to tapes a client can buy to try to help overcome anxiety, and links to external sites. It is written for a person who is experiencing anxiety or who has an anxiety disorder diagnosis. I thought this website was really interesting and it had a lot of good links. When I have some free time, I’m going to go back to it and browse some more. (Jennifer)

OCD Online gives information on obsessive-compulsive disorder. The author of the site is a cognitive behavioral therapist, so most of the information about treatment is biased towards CBT. There is a lengthy section about how CBT can be used to treat OCD. There are seven success stories of clients who have been treated using CBT as well as numerous articles that have been written about OCD by the author of the site. It is very informative, but as I mentioned above, it is biased toward treatment using the CBT model and it gives little information about other types of treatment. (Jennifer)

The Autism Web gives some general information on autism and pervasive developmental disorder. It lists warning signs and symptoms for parents who may be concerned about their child’s development. The site also gives overviews of the different educational methods for children with autism and PDD. For each of the methods the site also lists links to related sites as well as offers suggestions for books. In addition, there is information on certain diets that are often used with children with autism. The site also offers a message board, links to autism-related news stories, suggested books, and links to other relevant sites. This site would be most helpful for parents of children who have been diagnosed with autism or PDD. (Jennifer)

Angries Out has a mission is to "help children and adults learn how to deal with their anger and express it in safe, constructive ways." This engaging site offers lots of interactive exercises, informational articles, tips, tools, and free weekly newsletters that are both inspirational and educational. (Jenna)

Anred.com provides information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and other eating-related disorders. The material found on this site includes self-help tips as well as information about recovery and prevention. The table of contents found on this website breaks down all the information available on eating disorders and makes it easy for anyone to find the information he or she may be seeking. I found this website extremely easy to use, and it would be a good tool for anyone interested in learning more about eating disorders. (Sherry)

CancerCare is a nonprofit organization that provides free and professional support services to people affected by cancer, not only those diagnosed with the disease, but family members and caregivers, as well. Services include educational programs, counseling and support groups, resources and strategies for finding help, and financial assistance. This site impressed me because of its seemingly genuinely warm presentation. I have dealt with losing a family member to cancer and believe this site would have been comforting to me at that time. (Amy)

The Postpartum Stress Center was established in 1988 to provide understanding and clinical intervention to women with postpartum psychiatric disorders. Treatment is divided into four phases, which include a diagnostic assessment, exploration of symptom development, ongoing symptom relief with attention paid to diet, sleep, child-management, and home support, and then short-term therapy to address issues that may have developed as a result of the postpartum. Referrals to the Postpartum Stress Center can come from psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, medical doctors, help groups, and family members. In 1992 the center expanded services to include treatment for difficulties related to pregnancy and grief counseling after pregnancy or for the loss of a child. Staff members include a psychiatrist, medical doctors, and master’s level therapists. (Amy)

The Counseling for Loss site was created by a woman named Jane Bissler, who received a Master of Education degree in community counseling from Kent State University. Jane has also completed post-master's course work and is a licensed professional clinical counselor and certified in criminal justice. Her specialization in grief therapy stems from many hours of grief training. Jane works with people dealing with many grief issues and designed this website to provide information about grief from divorce, abandonment, death, job loss, empty nest syndrome, and retirement. Jane’s business address is included in the site, offering work with groups, individuals, couples, and families. Also included are local resources and related links, a selection of grief-related books, hundreds of articles relating to adults, children, personal accounts, and inspirational writings. Jane publishes a weekly newspaper column addressing grief and loss issues, and these articles are available through the website for adults and children to read, as well. (Amy)

Teen Depression: Signs, Symptoms, and How to Help at helpguide.org is a website that aims to “understand, prevent, and resolve life’s challenges.” I found the section on teen depression especially helpful as a guide for parents and teachers of teens. The website includes advice for professionals and parents whose teens may suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts. There is helpful information on signs of teen depression, the differences between teen and adult depression, as well as the warning signs of a teen who is suicidal. Another section discusses tips for talking to a depressed teen. This website has a lot of practical information for people with teenagers in their life with depression, and there is even discussion of antidepressants and their effects. I would definitely recommend this website to parents and teachers. (Sara—10)

Gender Dysphoria Organization: Research and Education is a website dedicated to educate and support those who are affected with a gender identity disorder. There is a lot of up-to-date information on research and publications on the subject of GIDs and related controversies surrounding the classification of gender dysphoria as a disorder in the DSM. There is also a lot of information on the website about the different classifications of GIDs, as well as support to those with gender dysphoria. There are links on the website to all sorts of other gender identity topics for those interested. The website also includes a lot of great resources, such as doctors who specialize in helping people with GIDs, as well as support group information. I found this website to be an informative resource for those with GIDs or those who would like to learn more about the topic. It is a great way for counselors to familiarize themselves with this community of people. (Sara—10)

Autism Speaks (National Alliance for Autism Research—NAAR and Cure Autism Now—CAN) starts to focus more on research in the autism community. It does give similar general information for the public as the other sites have. This site provides video clips for parents and caregivers of the signs and symptoms to catch autism early in the child’s life. It also lists the latest autism headlines in the news. (Samantha—10)

Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is the only site that focuses solely on research in autism. It provides links to research studies around the country but does not give the amount of information the other sites do for the general public. This site seems to be more for those who have a good understanding of autism and treatment options. (Samantha—10)

The National Institute of Mental Health—Depression site offers extensive information about depression and how it affects individuals, including men, women, adults, and children. It also covers what medications are typically used to treat depression and what side effects and warnings the medications have. I recommend this site for anyone who has a client who believes he or she is depressed or has been diagnosed with depression. It has a lot of information in one place for counselors to use as a quick reference and recap on the condition. (Angela)

Earth House is a residential treatment center for major mental disorders including Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. It is
located in New Jersey and combines a medical and educational approach. Earth House accommodates a maximum of fourteen residents from three months to two years. They treat physical causes that underlie brain malfunction and the subsequent disorder thinking with orthomolecular treatment. Psychotropic medications are used, but as they regulate brain chemistry through proper nutrition, smaller doses of medications are given. Earth House focuses on good nutrition, exercise, life skills, and tools for sustaining health and education. They refer to their patients as students and have a staff to student ratio of more than 2:1, so there is plenty of individual help available. The goal is to advance their students to independent living. Earth House seems like a place that cares about their “students.” I like that they have classes from art to nutrition to help the students to eventually live independently. I think it also helps that they only take fourteen students so each one can receive one-on-one help. (Celeste - 10)

www.schizophrenia.com is a website providing educational information and support about schizophrenia. There are many links on the site that cover many questions that people with the disease or someone wanting to learn more about the disease can get answers for. There are also discussion forums for people diagnosed with schizophrenia, for family members, and for mental health professionals. There are several news article links on just about every schizophrenia topic imaginable. This site has a lot of helpful information for people diagnosed, for their family members, and for mental health professionals. There is also a list of recommended books and reviews for each. (Celeste - 10)

www.autismlink.com gives a state-by-state reference guide to services for your child with an autism diagnosis. This site is known for their ability to connect caregivers to other caregivers through their message board and live chat room. Many caregivers will utilize this feature if they have questions that they haven’t had answered elsewhere. (Sam - 10)

www.aboard.org (advisory board on autism and related disorders) helps families, professionals, and the general public find services, workshops, trainings, and research projects in their community. This site also helps parents to rate and assess services that they have received in order to help other parents that may be looking for services. (Sam - 10)

www.psychlaws.org is the Treatment Advocacy Center website. TAC is a national nonprofit organization that is trying to find effective treatment for severe mental illness. This site is dedicated to educating the legal profession, media, and the general public on the importance and need to treat individuals with severe psychiatric disorders. On this site there are many links, papers, resources, and information on how to get involved to change laws, policies, and practices throughout the U.S. Dr. E. Fuller Torrey is the president of TAC and has presented at numerous conventions to help get the word out and begin to change the way individuals with severe psychiatric disorders are treated within society. (Celeste - 10)

www.livingdisorder.com is a site that has many links to a variety of mental health disorders. I found this site to have some really helpful information from causes of children’s mental health issues to prejudices about mental health. Living disorder.com would be a great starting point to gather numerous pieces of information pertaining to many aspects of mental health disorders. (Celeste - 10)

The Renfrew Center is one of the oldest eating disorder treatment centers in the country. The Renfrew Center specializes in treating anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating disorder. The website contains a plethora of information relating to the treatment and diagnosis of eating disorders. There are various sections on the website which provide information to friends and family, professionals, and educators. The Renfrew Center includes treatment centers in Pennsylvania, Florida, Connecticut, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Tennessee. The Renfrew Center includes day treatment, extended care, residential, and transition living programs. The Renfrew Center offers outpatient therapy and intensive outpatient therapy. (Jamie - 10)

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc., is a nonprofit agency that provides information about eating disorders. ANAD has several programs to assist in the education, prevention, and awareness of eating disorders. ANAD’s website includes information for both clinicians and clients. The website provides a database of therapists and support groups across the United States. (Jamie - 10)

The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) is dedicated to assisting those affected by eating disorders, including parents, professionals, and individuals coping with an eating disorder. The website provides a variety of information about eating disorders including the symptoms, signs, how to help, and stories of hope. NEDA provides free toolkits for parents and educators. NEDA also has a variety of opportunities for people to get involved, including their “Be Comfortable in Your Genes” campaign. (Jamie - 10)

I think Howard Dully’s story should be required reading by everyone in a mental health-related training program. His story, originally aired on NPR (National Public Radio) is one of the most haunting and compelling mental-health horror stories ever told. The narrator, Howard Dully, somehow managed to survive a lobotomy with an astonishing amount of mental capacity intact. However, he also lost a lot and relates his loss in heartbreaking detail. How did this happen? Why was he given a lobotomy? I highly recommend listening to his story and also reading the follow-up book he wrote (with the same title). (Patricia - 10)

“Virtual Iraq: Using simulation to treat a new generation of traumatized veterans.” This website contains the full text of an article in The New Yorker that I found to be absolutely fascinating. Vast numbers of veterans are being diagnosed with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and yet treatments have so far been largely unsuccessful. The Department of Defense has recently had very successful preliminary results with a new kind of treatment involving video games. This new mode of treatment could (in the hands of well-trained, compassionate therapists) become a hugely successful, very affordable form of treatment and may permanently change the practice of trauma therapy and many other forms of therapy. (Patricia - 10)

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