Links To Outside Resources*
*While a lot of care and time has been put into preparing this list of Links & Resources for our clients, we cannot be responsible for the content, claims, or representations of the listed sites since they are subject to change.
Click on any of the listed links to find out more information. Thank you.

Tami's Favorite Internet Links
  1. Between Two Trees[+]
    Curt & Rhonda Hamner, a husband and wife team (and great friends!), developed Bed and Breakfast with a Purpose Retreats ten years ago. Their vision was to bring together effective marriage communication tools and genuine romance. They are Certified Marriage and Relationship Coaches and have been trained under the PREP, Imago, Prepare/Enrich, Mastering the Mysteries of Love programs and have thirty years experience as pastoral counselors. Curt directs Between Two Trees Ministries and is a professional marriage and family education consultant Rhonda speaks to Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPs groups) throughout Southern California.

    http://www.betweentwotrees.org/
  2. Focus On The Family[+]
    Helping Families Thrive

    Focus on the Family is a global Christian ministry dedicated to helping families thrive. We provide help and resources for couples to build healthy marriages that reflect God’s design, and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles.

    We’re here to come alongside families with relevance and grace at each stage of their journey. We support families as they seek to teach their children about God and His beautiful design for the family, protect themselves from the harmful influences of culture and equip themselves to make a greater difference in the lives of those around them.

    No matter who you are, what you’re going through or what challenges your family may be facing, we’re here to help. With practical resources - like our 1-800 Family Help line, counseling and websites – we’re committed to providing trustworthy, biblical guidance and support.

    http://www.focusonthefamily.com/
  3. God's Kids[+]
    Our Purpose...
    To give orphans hope and a future.

    Our Mission...
    That every orphan will know that Jesus loves them and cares for their needs.

    God’s Kids strives to demonstrate Christ’s love for orphans by raising the standard of care and accountability for orphanages around the world.

    We work to:
    * Provide quality nutrition, clean places to live, and adequate medical care for orphans.
    * Equip orphans with an education and life skills.
    * Raise a generation of orphans prepared to be significant contributors to their society.

    https://www.godskids.org
  4. Got Questions?[+]
    GotQuestions.org is a volunteer ministry of dedicated and trained servants who have a desire to assist others in their understanding of God, Scripture, salvation, and other spiritual topics. We are Christian, Protestant, conservative, evangelical, fundamental, and non-denominational. We view ourselves as a para-church ministry, coming alongside the church to help people find answers to their spiritually related questions.

    We will do our best to prayerfully and thoroughly research your question and answer it in a biblically-based manner. It is not our purpose to make you agree with us, but rather to point you to what the Bible says concerning your question. You can be assured that your question will be answered by a trained and dedicated Christian who loves the Lord and desires to assist you in your walk with Him. Our writing staff includes pastors, youth pastors, missionaries, biblical counselors, Bible/Christian College students, Seminary students, and lay students of God's Word

    http://www.gotquestions.org/
  5. Naturopathic Doctor - Bryan Dzvonick[+]
    At California Naturopathic Clinic you spend less time in the waiting room and more time face-to-face with the Dr. Bryan Dzvonick. The environment is relaxing which makes your visit a comfortable experience. Dr. Dzvonick listens to you and encourages you to ask questions because a healing experience should be educational as well. We recognize that everyone’s health journey is different and therefore treatments are highly individualized. Overall, we strive for perfection when it comes to getting you well.

    http://calnatmed.com
  6. Plugged-in Online[+]
    Plugged In Online is a Focus on the Family publication designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which they live. Through our reviews, articles and discussions, we hope to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."

    http://www.pluggedin.com/
  7. Serendipity Garden Weddings[+]
    Nestled in the foothills of Oak Glen (Yucaipa), Serendipity Garden Weddings offers a truly unique wedding experience that's all-inclusive. I was so thrilled when our daughter and son-in-law decided to get married here. It's a truly magical place.

    Also, Serendipity Garden Weddings has also chosen Restoration Counseling Service as their premarital counselors of choice. They send all of their couples to us!

    http://www.SerendipityGardenWeddings.com/
  8. Today's Christian Woman - Marriage & Family[+]
    Todays Christian Woman is a resource of Leadership Journal and Christianity Today International. Its mission is to equip women to use their gifts, take responsibility for their spiritual formation and the discipleship of others, and to fulfill the work God has called them to—through the power of his life-transforming and life-sustaining Spirit.

    http://www.todayschristianwoman.com
  9. Troubled With[+]
    TroubledWith.com is a collection of articles, resources and referrals organized by topic around family issues and concerns.
    Our goal is to help families by providing complete coverage of issues including a brief introduction to each topic, an overview of the issue at hand, Q&A with experts and tips for making things better.

    http://www.troubledwith.com/
  10. Women to Women[+]
    Over 25 years ago Women to Women helped to begin a revolution in healthcare for women that continues to this day.
    Founded by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP, along with former partners Christiane Northrup, MD, Mary Ellen Fenn, MD, and Annie Rafter, RNC, our medical clinic was among the first in the world devoted to health care for women, by women.

    We pioneered the combination of alternative and conventional medicine in women’s health, bringing science and discipline to natural and preventive methods. Our practice reflects the reality of how our bodies work: everything — the physical, the mental, and the spiritual — is connected.

    http://www.womentowomen.com/
Addiction & Recovery Links
  1. Addiction Library[+]
    AddictionLibrary.org is part of the Florida Non-Profit, USA Addiction Treatment Partnership. Addiction Library is an easy-to-use reference database of drug and addiction related information.

    http://addictionlibrary.org/
  2. Alcoholics Anonymous[+]
    Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

    http://www.aa.org/
  3. Center For Internet Addiction[+]
    The Center for Internet Addiction provides assessment and treatment for Internet-addicted patients and their families. Dr. Kimberly Young is personally available to provide individual, couples, and family counseling and intensive day and half day therapy sessions. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

    http://netaddiction.com/
  4. Covenant Eyes (pornography accountability software & free eBooks)[+]
    We have read many of the eBooks that Covenant Eyes has produced and they are the best books on the subject of pornography that we have seen! They are that good. Pornography does rewire your brain, and not in a good way. The books and resources available through Covenant Eyes will teach you how it happens and help you with ways to recover. We have happily recommended their resources to many people.

    Use the following link for FREE access to The Porn Circuit:
    http://www.covenanteyes.com/e-books/?promocode=rcs (About 45 pages)
  5. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA)[+]
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. In order to achieve this mission, SAMHSA has identified 8 Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency's work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.

    http://www.samhsa.gov/
  6. Web of Addictions[+]
    The Web of Addictions is dedicated to providing accurate information about alcohol and other drug addictions. The Web of Addictions was developed for several reasons. We are concerned about the pro drug use messages in some Web sites and in some use groups.We are concerned about the appalling extent of misinformation about abused drugs on the internet, particularly on some usenet newsgroups. Finally, we wanted to provide a resource for teachers, students and others who needed factual information about abused drugs.

    http://www.well.com/user/woa/
Anxiety Disorder Links
  1. National Center for PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)[+]
    Advancing Science and Promoting Understanding of Traumatic Stress. The Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

    http://www.ptsd.va.gov/
  2. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on Answers.com[+]
    Answers is a dynamic, online media company. We offer consumers smart, innovative and enjoyable Answers to life’s questions based on the wisdom of crowds, the preference of friends and the advice of experts. Our properties include Answers.com, 21 Questions, and ResellerRatings and many more.

    http://mentalhealth.answers.com/ocd
  3. Panic Disorder[+]
    Panic Disorder is a serious condition that around one out of every 75 people might experience. It usually appears during the teens or early adulthood, and while the exact causes are unclear, there does seem to be a connection with major life transitions that are potentially stressful: graduating from college, getting married, having a first child, and so on. There is also some evidence for a genetic predisposition; if a family member has suffered from panic disorder, you have an increased risk of suffering from it yourself, especially during a time in your life that is particularly stressful.

    http://www.apa.org/topics/anxiety/panic-disorder.aspx
Associations & Institutes Links
  1. American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry[+]
    Between 7 and 12 Million American youth suffer from mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders at any given time. The AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders.

    The AACAP, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1953. It is a membership based organization, composed of over 7,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.

    The AACAP widely distributes information here, and elsewhere, in an effort to promote an understanding of mental illnesses and remove the stigma associated with them; advance efforts in prevention of mental illnesses, and assure proper treatment and access to services for children and adolescents.

    http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Family_Resources/Home.aspx
  2. American Counseling Association[+]
    The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.

    By providing leadership training, publications, continuing education opportunities, and advocacy services to nearly 45,000 members, ACA helps counseling professionals develop their skills and expand their knowledge base

    http://www.counseling.org/
  3. American Psychiatric Association[+]
    The American Psychiatric Association, founded in 1844, is the world’s largest psychiatric organization.  It is a medical specialty society representing more than 38,000 psychiatric physicians from the United States and around the world. Its member physicians work together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorders, including intellectual disability and substance-related disorders. APA is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.

    http://www.psych.org/
  4. American Psychological Association[+]
    Who We Are - Based in Washington, D.C., the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With more than 154,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.

    Mission Statement - The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

    http://www.apa.org/
  5. Association for Psychological Science[+]
    Who We Are - The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of scientific psychology and its representation at the national and international level.

    Mission - The Association’s mission is to promote, protect, and advance the interests of scientifically oriented psychology in research, application, teaching, and the improvement of human welfare.

    http://www.psychologicalscience.org/
  6. California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists[+]
    CAMFT is an independent professional organization representing the interests of licensed marriage and family therapists. It is dedicated to advancing the profession as an art and a science, to maintaining high standards of professional ethics, to upholding the qualifications for the profession and to expanding the recognition and awareness of the profession.
    Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are licensed mental health professionals who work with individuals; couples whether or not married; families of all types; and groups to cure or relieve mental, emotional, and relational concerns of all kinds. MFTs work in private practice and a variety of other settings throughout California and the rest of the country providing mental health services.   MFTs have minimally acquired two-year masters degrees, 3,000 hours of supervised experience, and have passed two rigorous exams.

    http://www.camft.org
  7. Mental Health America[+]
    Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

    http://www.nmha.org/
  8. National Institute of Mental Health[+]
    NIMH envisions a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured.

    The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
    For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

    http://www.nimh.nih.gov
Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  1. Attention Deficit Disorder Association[+]
    The Attention Deficit Disorder Association provides information, resources and networking opportunities to help adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder lead better lives.

    We provide hope, empowerment and connections worldwide by bringing together science and the human experience for both adults with ADHD and professionals who serve them.

    http://www.add.org/
  2. Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD/ADHD[+]
    The National Association of School Psychologists states, "ADD/ADHD has come to act like a set of blinders...The many other potential sources of inattention are often times bypassed and not even considered."
    The goal of this site is to consider the many possible sources of ADD-like behaviors, including natural temperament traits, diet, and other factors, because there is rarely a case of "pure" ADD.

    http://borntoexplore.org/
  3. National Institute of Health - ADHD[+]
    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity).
    ADHD has three subtypes:

    Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive
    • Most symptoms (six or more) are in the hyperactivity-impulsivity categories.
    • Fewer than six symptoms of inattention are present, although inattention may still be present to some degree.
    Predominantly inattentive
    • The majority of symptoms (six or more) are in the inattention category and fewer than six symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity are present, although hyperactivity-impulsivity may still be present to some degree.
    • Children with this subtype are less likely to act out or have difficulties getting along with other children. They may sit quietly, but they are not paying attention to what they are doing. Therefore, the child may be overlooked, and parents and teachers may not notice that he or she has ADHD.
    Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive
    • Six or more symptoms of inattention and six or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity are present.
    • Most children have the combined type of ADHD.

    Treatments can relieve many of the disorder's symptoms, but there is no cure. With treatment, most people with ADHD can be successful in school and lead productive lives. Researchers are developing more effective treatments and interventions, and using new tools such as brain imaging, to better understand ADHD and to find more effective ways to treat and prevent it.

    http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd/index.shtml
Child Abuse & Domestic Violence
  1. Child Help.org[+]
    Founded in 1959 by Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp® is a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect. Childhelp's approach focuses on prevention, intervention and treatment. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp's programs and services also include residential treatment services (villages); children's advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes; child abuse prevention, education and training; and the National Day of Hope®, part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month every April. Several of Childhelp's programs were firsts, and continue to be studied by professionals worldwide as "models that work." Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson continue to actively lead the organization and provide its vision, serving as Chairman/CEO and President, respectively.

    http://www.childhelp.org/
  2. Help Guide - Domestic Violence and Abuse[+]
    Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of size, gender, or strength, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Emotional abuse is often minimized, yet it can leave deep and lasting scars.

    Noticing and acknowledging the warning signs and symptoms of domestic violence and abuse is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, don’t hesitate to reach out. There is help available.

    http://www.helpguide.org/mental/domestic_violence_abuse_types_signs_causes_effects.htm
  3. Memories of Child Abuse - A.P.A.[+]
    Can a memory be forgotten and then remembered?

    Can a 'memory' be suggested and then remembered as true?

    These questions lie at the heart of the memory of childhood abuse issue. Experts in the field of memory and trauma can provide some answers, but clearly more study and research are needed. What we do know is that both memory researchers and clinicians who work with trauma victims agree that both phenomena occur. However, experienced clinical psychologists state that the phenomenon of a recovered memory is rare (e.g., one experienced practitioner reported having a recovered memory arise only once in 20 years of practice). Also, although laboratory studies have shown that memory is often inaccurate and can be influenced by outside factors, memory research usually takes place either in a laboratory or some everyday setting. For ethical and humanitarian reasons, memory researchers do not subject people to a traumatic event in order to test their memory of it. Because the issue has not been directly studied, we can not know whether a memory of a traumatic event is encoded and stored differently from a memory of a nontraumatic event.

    Some clinicians theorize that children understand and respond to trauma differently from adults. Some furthermore believe that childhood trauma may lead to problems in memory storage and retrieval. These clinicians believe that dissociation is a likely explanation for a memory that was forgotten and later recalled. Dissociation means that a memory is not actually lost, but is for some time unavailable for retrieval. That is, it's in memory storage, but cannot for some period of time actually be recalled. Some clinicians believe that severe forms of child sexual abuse are especially conducive to negative disturbances of memory such as dissociation or delayed memory. Many clinicians who work with trauma victims believe that this dissociation is a person's way of sheltering himself or herself from the pain of the memory. Many researchers argue, however, that there is little or no empirical support for such a theory.

    http://www.apa.org/topics/trauma/memories.aspx
  4. National Domestic Violence Hotline[+]
    Mission Statement - The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.

    About The Hotline - The National Domestic Violence Hotline was established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) passed by Congress. The Hotline is a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention, information and referral to victims of domestic violence, perpetrators, friends and families. The Hotline answers a variety of calls and is a resource for domestic violence advocates government officials, law enforcement agencies and the general public.

    The Hotline serves as the only domestic violence hotline in the nation with access to more than 4,000 shelters and domestic violence programs across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Advocates receive approximately 23,500 calls each month. The Hotline is toll-free, confidential and anonymous. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in more than 170 different languages through interpreter services, with a TTY line available for the Deaf, Deaf-Blind and Hard of Hearing. The staff at The Hotline is also available to provide assistance and guidance in a variety of areas including media, public relations, fundraising, public policy, legal advocacy and public education and training.

    http://www.thehotline.org/
Chronic Fatigue and Depression
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[+]
    Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a devastating and complex disorder characterized by overwhelming fatigue that is not improved by bed rest and that may be worsened by physical or mental activity. People with CFS most often function at a significantly lower level of activity than they were capable of before the onset of illness.

    In addition to these key defining characteristics, patients report various nonspecific symptoms, including weakness, muscle pain, impaired memory and/or mental concentration, insomnia, and post-exertional fatigue lasting more than 24 hours. In some cases, CFS can persist for years.

    The cause or causes of CFS have not been identified and no specific diagnostic tests are available. Moreover, since many illnesses have incapacitating fatigue as a symptom, care must be taken to exclude other known and often treatable conditions before a diagnosis of CFS is made.

    http://www.cdc.gov/cfs/
  2. Bipolar Disorder Info[+]
    Bipolar Disorder, formerly known as Manic Depression, is a highly disruptive brain disorder. Since 1994 Pendulum.org has been the web's premier resource for bipolar information. The Pendulum Discussion Forums are better than ever. Come in and chat with new friends in the updated Bipolar section, or visit the expanded section for friends and family.

    http://www.pendulum.org/
  3. Depression - A.P.A.[+]
    Depression is more than just sadness. People with depression may experience a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

    Depression is the most common mental disorder. Fortunately, depression is treatable. A combination of therapy and antidepressant medication can help ensure recovery.

    http://www.apa.org/topics/depress/index.aspx
  4. Depression Screener - PsyCom[+]
    Taking a depression-screening test is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of clinical depression. The depression-screening test on this site is completely anonymous and confidential.

    The PsyCom web site is NOT designed to respond to suicide crisis. If you believe you are at risk for suicide, dial "911" or go immediately to the nearest hospital Emergency Room for an evaluation.

    http://www.psycom.net/depression-test/
  5. Real Age.com - Depression[+]
    This year, 7% of Americans -- more than 19 million -- will suffer from mood disorders, mental disorders that include depression and mania. The economic cost of depression to the nation was estimated to range $30 to $44 billion in 1990. Depression affects not only people who are depressed, but also their families.

    Depression is not equivalent to the ordinary experience of feeling down that commonly occurs in daily life. Depression is an illness that affects mood, body, behavior, and mind. The condition may be of such severity that the affected person may not be able to function normally and optimally. Depression can negatively impact important roles that the person fulfills, such as spouse, parent, and worker.

    While more than 80% of people with depression could be substantially helped by available medications and therapies, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that two-thirds of depressed people do not seek treatment and, therefore, suffer depressive symptoms unnecessarily to the detriment of self, family, and society.

    Because depression often co-occurs with a number of prevalent medical conditions (e.g., stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer), psychiatric disorders (e.g., eating disorders and anxiety disorders), and alcohol or drug abuse, the potential health benefits derived from treating depression are amplified beyond the favorable effects on depression itself.

    http://www.realage.com/soothe-stress/mind-and-mood/depression-symptoms-signs
Developmental Disorders
  1. Asperger's Disorder[+]
    Asperger syndrome or Asperger's syndrome or Asperger disorder is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.[3][4]

    Asperger syndrome is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, studied and described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills, demonstrated limited empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. Fifty years later, it was standardized as a diagnosis, but many questions remain about aspects of the disorder. For example, there is doubt about whether it is distinct from high-functioning autism (HFA); partly because of this, its prevalence is not firmly established. It has been proposed that the diagnosis of Asperger's be eliminated, to be replaced by a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder on a severity scale.

    The exact cause is unknown, although research supports the likelihood of a genetic basis; brain imaging techniques have not identified a clear common pathology. There is no single treatment, and the effectiveness of particular interventions is supported by only limited data. Intervention is aimed at improving symptoms and function. The mainstay of management is behavioral therapy, focusing on specific deficits to address poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and physical clumsiness. Most children improve as they mature to adulthood, but social and communication difficulties may persist. Some researchers and people with Asperger's have advocated a shift in attitudes toward the view that it is a difference, rather than a disability that must be treated or cured.

    http://kidshealth.org/parent/medical/brain/asperger.html
  2. Autism - Yale School of Medicine[+]
    The Autism Program at Yale is an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scholars dedicated to providing comprehensive clinical services to children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. We are also one of the leading research centers in the world and were recently recognized as a National Institutes of Health Autism Center of Excellence. Our program involves infants, toddlers, pre-school, and school-age children, as well as young adults (18-21 years) with autism and related disorders and integrates highly experienced professionals from the fields of clinical psychology, neuropsychology and neuroimaging, child psychiatry, speech-language pathology, social work, genetics and the biological sciences, as well as psychopharmacology and psychiatric nursing. Our clinical and research activities are located in the Child Study Center at Yale University, School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

    http://medicine.yale.edu/childstudy/autism/index.aspx
  3. Pervasive Developmental Disorders[+]
    The diagnostic category of pervasive developmental disorders (PDD) refers to a group of disorders characterized by delays in the development of socialization and communication skills. Parents may note symptoms as early as infancy, although the typical age of onset is before 3 years of age. Symptoms may include problems with using and understanding language; difficulty relating to people, objects, and events; unusual play with toys and other objects; difficulty with changes in routine or familiar surroundings, and repetitive body movements or behavior patterns. Autism (a developmental brain disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication skills, and a limited range of activities and interests) is the most characteristic and best studied PDD. Other types of PDD include Asperger's Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Rett's Syndrome. Children with PDD vary widely in abilities, intelligence, and behaviors. Some children do not speak at all, others speak in limited phrases or conversations, and some have relatively normal language development. Repetitive play skills and limited social skills are generally evident. Unusual responses to sensory information, such as loud noises and lights, are also common.

    http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/pdd/pdd.htm
Diagnosis
  1. Understanding Diagnosis - The DSM IV[+]
    Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition, Text Revision, also known as DSM-IV-TR, is a manual published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) that includes all currently recognized mental health disorders. The coding system utilized by the DSM-IV is designed to correspond with codes from the International Classification of Diseases, commonly referred to as the ICD. Since early versions of the DSM did not correlate with ICD codes and updates of the publications for the ICD and the DSM are not simultaneous, some distinctions in the coding systems may still be present. For this reason, it is recommended that users of these manuals consult the appropriate reference when accessing diagnostic codes.

    http://www.behavenet.com/capsules/disorders/dsm4classification.htm
Dissociation and Traumatic Stress
  1. Sidran Institute - Traumitic Stress Education & Advocacy[+]
    Because many people underestimate the developmental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual injuries that can result when people experience or witness traumatic events, Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute, Inc. (formerly Foundation) is:

    • a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of international scope that
    • helps people understand, recover from, and treat:
    • traumatic stress (including PTSD)
    • dissociative disorders, and
    • co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self injury, and suicidality.

    We develop and deliver:
    • educational programming
    • resources for treatment, support, and self-help
    • trauma-informed community and professional collaboration projects and
    • publications about trauma and recovery

    Sidran’s constituency is made up of any individuals or organizations touched by the effects of trauma, including:
    • adults, adolescents, and children who have experienced or witnessed traumatic events,
    • supportive friends and family members, 
    • health, mental health, crisis, public safety, and victims services professionals 
    • support networks, schools, faith communities, and more

    http://www.sidran.org/
Eating Disorders
  1. American Dietetic Association[+]
    Eating disorders are serious illnesses affecting eight million Americans at any given time. While anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, they are most common in teen and young adult women.

    All forms of eating disorders can be fatal. One in 10 people with an eating disorder will die as a direct result of the illness. It is critical for anyone with symptoms of an eating disorder to seek professional help. Early treatment gives the greatest chance for a full recovery.

    There are three main types of eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating.
    • Anorexia involves a severe restriction of calories; there may be a fear of weight gain and strict “rules” about eating.
    • Bulimia can involve these same fears and restrictions, but also involves binging and purging. This involves vomiting, exercise or use of laxatives.
    • People with compulsive overeating disorder eating large amounts of food to cope with feelings. Food is often eaten without attention to hunger or fullness.
    It’s not always possible to tell by his or her appearance the amount of physical or emotional danger someone with an eating disorder is in. A person with an eating disorder may display one symptom or many.

    http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6819
  2. Something Fishy.com[+]
    Our Mission: We are dedicated to raising awareness about eating disorders... emphasizing always that eating disorders are NOT about food and weight; They are just the symptoms of something deeper going on, inside. Something Fishy is determined to remind each and every sufferer of anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder that they are not alone, and that complete recovery is possible. If you are the loved-one of someone that suffers with an eating disorder, use this website to educate yourself. The more you know, the more you are equipped to provide the support your loved-one needs. If you have an eating disorder, you can find help. You can recover. And you deserve to do both.

    http://www.something-fishy.org/
Medications
  1. The Center for Drug Interaction Research and Education[+]
    Drug interactions can be a confusing topic. The Center for Drug Interaction Research and Education, led by the University of Florida, was established in the spring of 2003 to help identify and analyze possible food- and dietary supplement-drug interactions and provide clarification on any resulting effects.

    We welcome you to browse the site and encourage you to check back in the future for updates on food- and dietary supplement-drug interactions.

    http://www.druginteractioncenter.org/
  2. Drugs, Herbs and Supplements - National Institute of Health[+]
    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

    You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html
  3. Medical Dictionary[+]
    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

    You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mplusdictionary.html
  4. Medications & Drugs - U.S. Food and Drug Administration[+]
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) is an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of the United States federal executive departments. The FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety, tobacco products, dietary supplements, prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceutical drugs (medications), vaccines, biopharmaceuticals, blood transfusions, medical devices, electromagnetic radiation emitting devices (ERED), veterinary products, and cosmetics.

    The FDA also enforces other laws, notably Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act and associated regulations, many of which are not directly related to food or drugs. These include sanitation requirements on interstate travel and control of disease on products ranging from certain household pets to sperm donation for assisted reproduction.

    The FDA is led by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Commissioner reports to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The 21st and current Commissioner is Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg. She has served as Commissioner since February 2009.

    http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/default.htm
  5. Medications - Internet Mental Health[+]
    The gifted Dutch Post-Impressionist artist, Vincent van Gogh, had his life shattered by mental illness. Vincent van Gogh suffered from Bipolar I Disorder at a time in history when there was no treatment for this common disorder. Tragically, van Gogh died of suicide. Today, mental illnesses can be successfully treated; hence we can now prevent these tragic suicides. In memory of Vincent van Gogh, we display his art on this website.

    Famous People Who Have Had Mental Illness
    Hans Christian Anderson, Ludwig Von Beethoven, Winston Churchill, Kurt Cobain, Charles Darwin, Emily Dickenson, Thomas Edison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Betty Ford, Paul Gauguin, King George III, Johan Goethe, Ernest Hemingway, Victor Hugo, Ignatius of Loyola, Thomas Jefferson, John Keats, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther, Michelangelo, Florence Nightingale, King Saul, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Isaac Newton.

    No Corporate Sponsors
    To avoid any conflict of interest, we have never accepted any corporate funding for our website. We believe that it is especially important that our website not be sponsored in any way by pharmaceutical companies.

    http://www.mentalhealth.com/p30.html
  6. Medications - Physicians Desk Reference[+]
    The Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) is a commercially published compilation of manufacturers' prescribing information (package insert) on prescription drugs, updated annually. While designed to provide physicians with the full legally mandated information relevant to writing prescriptions (just as its name suggests), it is widely available in libraries and bookstores, widely used by other medical specialists, and in significant part valuable to consumers. It is financially supported in part by pharmaceutical manufacturing corporations which create drugs listed within its pages.

    Since the late 20th century, a consumer edition has been offered at a much reduced price. Electronic editions are available on CD-ROM and the World Wide Web to subscribers. PDR is owned by the Thomson Corporation of Toronto. In 1984, Paul C. Kranz and Michael Grondin travelled to Oradell, New Jersey, and presented to Medical Economics (then-publisher of the PDR) a prototype developed by Grondin on a TI 99/4A computer of how a digital copy of the PDR would work and benefit clinicians. The idea originally conceived by Kranz was well-received by the president and vice-president of IT and an agreement was struck to investigate. The result was the PDR on CD-ROM.

    The main edition is usable by determined consumers in conjunction with a medical dictionary. Many practicing physicians receive free copies of the PDR and are willing to give a patient a previous year's edition when they receive their new one but a recent edition generally differs from the current one by the absence of the drugs introduced during the course of the intervening year.

    http://www.pdrhealth.com/
  7. Substances - SAMHSA[+]
    Background
    Behavioral health is a component of service systems that improve health status and contain health care and other costs to society. Yet, people with mental and substance use disorders, because of their illness, have largely been excluded from the current health care system and rely on public "safety net" programs. Last year alone approximately 20 million people who needed substance abuse treatment did not receive it and an estimated 10.6 million adults reported an unmet need for mental health care. As a result the health and wellness of the individual is jeopardized and the unnecessary costs to society ripple across America's communities, schools, businesses, prisons & jails, and healthcare delivery systems.

    Mission
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. In order to achieve this mission, SAMHSA has identified 8 Strategic Initiatives to focus the Agency's work on improving lives and capitalizing on emerging opportunities.

    http://store.samhsa.gov/facet/Substances
Mental Health & General Care Links
  1. Consumer And Patient Health Information System[+]
    The purpose of the CAPHIS Top 100 List is to provide CAPHIS members and other librarians with a resource to use in their daily practice and teaching. Secondly, it is our contribution to the Medical Library Association so that the headquarters staff can refer individuals to a list of quality health web sites. Our goal is to have a limited number of resources that meet the quality criteria for currency, credibility, content, audience, etc., as described on our website. These lists of resources expand upon the MLA Top Ten List.

    http://caphis.mlanet.org/consumer/index.html
  2. Healthy Minds[+]
    Welcome to HealthyMinds.org, the American Psychiatric Association’s online resource for anyone seeking mental health information. Here you will find information on many common mental health concerns, including warning signs of mental disorders, treatment options and preventative measures. 

    The American Psychiatric Association is a national medical specialty society whose physician members specialize in diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research of mental illnesses including substance use disorders.

    http://www.healthyminds.org/
  3. Mental Help.net[+]
    Our Mission The Mental Help Net website exists to promote mental health and wellness education and advocacy.

    Contributors Who runs this place? Our staff and contributors' biographies are available.

    http://www.mentalhelp.net/
  4. Mental Health Glossaries - Glossarist[+]
    What's it all about?
    Looking for the definition of a term in a particular subject can be difficult and time consuming. That's where this glossary can help you look. Just choose a subject or search for the industry you are interested in at the top.

    Language and communication is a fascinating subject, and a never-ending field of study for us all. Some people think that only academicians are involved in linguistics, or the study of languages, but in fact we all are. Languages are evolving and changing all the time and if we don't keep up then fairly soon we simply won't understand what others are saying.
    So I have put together here a compendium of glossaries on various subjects so you can find the best definitions of terms in which you are interested.

    http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements/nih5/mental/other/glossary.htm
  5. Psych Central[+]
    Psych Central is the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. Since 1995, it has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 160 support groups to consumers. We are today's modern voice for mental health information and advocacy and have the broadest online reach and recognition of any mental health network online today, touching the lives of over 1.5 million people around the world every month.

    Psych Central has its roots in indexing online support groups, starting in the summer of 1991. Launched in January 1995 as Psych Central: John Grohol's Mental Health Page, our website was an instant hit from the beginning with its directory of online mental health resources and the first lists of symptoms for mental disorders published online. Within the first 3 months, it received Point's prestigious Top 5% of the Web award, as well as a fair amount of media attention in the ensuing years. We are consistently rated as one of the top mental health resources online today.

    http://psychcentral.com/
  6. University of Michigan - Health Library[+]
    The University of Michigan Health System, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is part of one of the world’s leading universities.

    UMHS is a premier, highly ranked academic medical center and award-winning health care system with state-of-the-art facilities . Our vision is to create the future of health care through scientific discovery, innovations in education, and the most effective and compassionate care. We want to be the leader in health care, health care reform, curriculum and biomedical innovation.

    UMHS includes the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers ; the U-M Medical School and its Faculty Group Practice; one of the nation's largest biomedical research communities; and education programs that train thousands of future health professionals and scientists each year. We also include the clinical programs of the U-M School of Nursing and the activities of the Michigan Health Corporation, which enables us to form partnerships outside of our University.

    http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library
Personality Disorders
  1. Focus Adolescent Services[+]
    Our mission is to provide information and resources to empower individuals to help their teens and heal their families.  Through education, self-awareness, support, and personal responsibility, families can rebuild their relationships and reconnect in positive and loving ways.  The free availability of the Focus website reflects our commitment to disseminate knowledge to the widest possible audience.  For over a decade, Focus Adolescent Services has adhered to this mission, helping to save youth and families.
     
    Professionals -- medical, mental health, academic, journalists --  newspapers, magazines, cable network news, national and local network news, radio, youth workers -- juvenile justice workers, social service agency workers, health department workers, law enforcement personnel, staff at public and private facilities, and students -- high school, undergraduate, graduate also find valuable information at Focus Adolescent Services to help them in their work and study.
     
    Focus Adolescent Services is an independent entity and is NOT affiliated with any private, public, or governmental agency or organization, nor under the direction of any outside individual or group.

    http://www.focusas.com/PersonalityDisorders.html
  2. Mayo Clinic[+]
    A personality disorder is a type of mental illness in which you have trouble perceiving and relating to situations and to people — including yourself. There are many specific types of personality disorders.

    In general, having a personality disorder means you have a rigid and unhealthy pattern of thinking and behaving no matter what the situation. This leads to significant problems and limitations in relationships, social encounters, work and school.

    In some cases, you may not realize that you have a personality disorder because your way of thinking and behaving seems natural to you, and you may blame others for the challenges you face.

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/personality-disorders/DS00562
  3. Mental Help.net[+]
    Authors' comments: This document, Understanding Personality Disorders, has been about two years in the making. Over time, and many drafts later, it has grown in size and scope beyond the original core document authored by Dr. Hoermann. Additional contributions by Drs. Zupanick and Dombeck were added as we collectively sought to provide readers a deeper and truly meaningful understanding of personality disorders to include an understanding of the complicated theoretical frameworks that support contemporary and effective treatments. The scope and magnitude of these many revisions resulted in Drs. Zupanick and Dombeck becoming co-authors rather than editors, though this was certainly not our original intention. New research developments will continue to improve our understanding of these very troubling disorders and so we consider this a living document that will continue to be revised and expanded. A new diagnostic manual will be published in a few years (DSM-V) and it is expected there will be significant changes with respect to personality disorder diagnoses. Although we recognize we have not done justice to the entirety of this subject matter, we felt it was time for it to be published. As always, we welcome our readers' feedback and suggestions for future expansion and revision.

    http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=8&cn=8
Suicide Awareness & Hotlines
  1. Metanioa[+]
    If you are feeling suicidal now, please stop long enough to read this. It will only take about five minutes. I do not want to talk you out of your bad feelings. I am not a therapist or other mental health professional - only someone who knows what it is like to be in pain.

    I don't know who you are, or why you are reading this page. I only know that for the moment, you're reading it, and that is good. I can assume that you are here because you are troubled and considering ending your life. If it were possible, I would prefer to be there with you at this moment, to sit with you and talk, face to face and heart to heart. But since that is not possible, we will have to make do with this.

    I have known a lot of people who have wanted to kill themselves, so I have some small idea of what you might be feeling. I know that you might not be up to reading a long book, so I am going to keep this short. While we are together here for the next five minutes, I have five simple, practical things I would like to share with you. I won't argue with you about whether you should kill yourself. But I assume that if you are thinking about it, you feel pretty bad.

    Well, you're still reading, and that's very good. I'd like to ask you to stay with me for the rest of this page. I hope it means that you're at least a tiny bit unsure, somewhere deep inside, about whether or not you really will end your life. Often people feel that, even in the deepest darkness of despair. Being unsure about dying is okay and normal. The fact that you are still alive at this minute means you are still a little bit unsure. It means that even while you want to die, at the same time some part of you still wants to live. So let's hang on to that, and keep going for a few more minutes.

    http://www.metanoia.org/suicide/
  2. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - (800) 273-TALK (8255)[+]
    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers, provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is administered by Link2Health Solutions, inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Mental Health Association of New York City. Lifeline’s grant is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

    http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
  3. Suicide Awareness Voices of Education[+]
    Mission, Goals and History
    The mission of SAVE is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
    Brain illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other mood or anxiety disorders, when left untreated, unfortunately may also result in suicide. The brain as an organ can get sick, just like other organs in the body. SAVE is committed to educating the general public about depressive brain illnesses, the symptoms, possible causes and the need for professional assessment and treatment. By educating the general public about these illnesses, treatment is encouraged, and the stigma associated with suicide and brain illnesses is reduced or removed.
    http://www.save.org/

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