Mental health is an important, but often misunderstood, aspect of our lives. Understanding the various mental disorders is vital for all, which is one of the reasons that May is designated as Mental Health Month.
To learn more about several common disorders, check out the resources below. Topics include:
• Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
• Bipolar Disorder
• Alzheimer’s Disease
This disorder afflicts many American adults and is often misunderstood. The following resources help those investigating this disorder and provide resources for those who are currently affected.
Depression: Out of the Shadows (find it on the ipl2)
This specific link will provide resources about both the statistics about depression and the different associations that seek to help those suffering from depression. These are a result of the PBS-produced special dealing with the current stigma connected to depression.
Depression and Unipolar Varieties on MentalHelp.net (find it on the ipl2)
This site includes resources that allow a user to understand the symptoms and mood episodes associated with depression. Forums and Question/Answer areas are provided for those seeking personal or general information.
Depression on the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (find it on the ipl2)
This site allows individuals who suffer from depression or are close to a person who suffers to find information about the kinds of depression and treatment options. The intent is to provide users with knowledge so that they can feel less discouraged when dealing with depression. There are other publications available through the site.
This mental health issue is often related to stress. Many people who suffer with anxiety must deal with other disorders as well. Depression is one of the disorders that frequently accompany anxiety.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America (find it on the ipl2)
This association seeks to provide users with knowledge about preventing, treating, and curing disorders connected with stress. The website is constructed to allow a person with stress-related questions to find information, help, and methods to take action. There are also links to connect with a professional if needed.
Anxiety-Panic Disorders on HealingWell (find it on the ipl2)
This site seeks to provide users with practical information coupled with testimonials of encouragement. There are blogs, forums, videos, and even a live chat with a doctor.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that is found most commonly among children. Lack of attention, impulsive behavior, and issues of distraction characterize this disorder.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (find it on the ipl2)
This resource provides information and networking opportunities to help adults with ADD. The site is also intended for professionals who serve those with ADD. It contains factual information, advocacy, lists of various kinds of resources and support, event calendars, webinars, and webcasts.
ADHDNews.com (find it on the ipl2)
This site includes general information about ADHD, such as a glossary and collection of articles, links, and other resources about the condition. There are also message boards, blogs, and places for individuals and families to share their stories. It also includes information about treatments, including medications and side effects, diet, behavior modification.
ADDinSchool.com (find it on the ipl2)
ADDinSchool.com provides information and resources for school-aged people who suffer from ADD or ADHD and their families. It is also a resource for the teachers who have them in class, providing interventions, such as tips for increasing time on task and how to present your lesson to ADHD students. There are some commercial products sold.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental illness that primarily revolves around anxiety and coping mechanisms that the individual has developed in order to handle that anxiety. Many people have OCD, but it can be hard to understand. The following links provide information and resources regarding this disorder.
International OCD Foundation (find on the ipl2)
The International OCD Foundation is a resource for people all over the world that suffer from or want more information on obsessive compulsive disorder. They provide links to assist in finding help for those that need it, recommend a list of books and materials about OCD, and more. In the words of the ipl2, the International OCD Foundation is “[a]n international organization of over 10,000 members [that] offers explanations, resources, and access to annual conferences on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and related disorders.”
Anxiety Disorders Association of America: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (find on the ipl2)
ADAA provides a wealth of information on multiple anxiety disorders, including an in-depth section on OCD itself. They explain symptoms, treatment for OCD, news and research on the disorder, and have a special section on hoarding, which can stem from OCD. ipl2 says, “This site has descriptions and treatment options for generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It includes resources for practitioners and the public, including a therapist finding aid listing members of ADAA.”
PsychCentral: Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (find it on the ipl2)
PsychCentral, a website that has made Time.com’s 50 best websites list, has information on various personality disorders, including OCD. They give an overview of the disorder, discuss symptoms, how the disorder is diagnosed, causes, and various treatments that are available.
Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder that causes one to go through extreme manic and depressive episodes. In addition to these mood swings, one can also experience hallucinations or delusions.
NEW! Bipolar Disorder by Mayo Clinic
This source provides background on bipolar disorder as well as various treatments, such as medicinal, home, and alternative remedies. The Mayo Clinic also discusses how one can best prepare for a doctor’s visit if one has recently been diagnosed or suspects he/she may be suffering from the disorder.
A Complete Guide to Bipolar Disorder (find it on the ipl2)
This resource is dedicated solely to helping those with this specific mental condition. It details the symptoms of the disorder and also differentiates between the different stages that one can experience. The website also offers help for parents whose children have been diagnosed and provides support on living with the affliction, including how to tell others that one is bipolar.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): What is Bipolar Disorder? (find it on ipl2)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is dedicated to helping those with bipolar disorder and their families find support and educational programs in their local area. NAMI also offers online discussion groups so one can easily connect with others.
Alzheimer’s Disease is a mental health disorder affecting one out of every eight senior citizens in the United States. It affects not only those with the disease, but also friends and family members who have to learn how to adjust to a loved one’s condition. This section provides resources for people of all ages to learn about Alzheimer’s.
The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s (find it on the ipl2)
The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer’s is an Emmy award-winning documentary which was originally aired by PBS in 2004. This website includes the full documentary as well as stories from people with Alzheimer’s, information about the disease, and information for people who have been recently diagnosed. Most of the information is in video form, making this an excellent website for visual learners.
Alzheimer’s Association: “Just for Kids” (find it on the ipl2)
The Alzheimer’s Association’s “Just for Kids” page includes information which helps kids and teens who have family members with Alzheimer’s understand the disease, as well as resources for parents and educators. Information is provided via videos, articles, and an interactive tour.
Alzheimer’s Disease Research (find it on ipl2)
Alzheimer’s Disease Research provides a comprehensive website with information about risk factors, symptoms, stages and treatments. In addition, the site provides detailed information about life with Alzheimer’s, from legal and financial matters to everyday living. There is also an “Ask the Experts” section for any questions you may have.
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