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Mental Health Resources for the Public

On Mental Illness
  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has a informational booklets on a wide variety of mental health disorders including ones specific to childhood and adolescence. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) also has high quality booklets
  • Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is an online library. Going a step further than short booklets, it offers a numerous links to information about major mental health problems. There is a separate section for alcohol and drug problems.
  • Visit the American Psychological Association's Help Center for short articles on a variety of mental health topics including issues related work and school, family and relationships, health and emotional wellness, disasters and terrorism, and managed health care and insurance.

On Psychotherapy

  • For Your Peace of Mind: A Consumer Guide to Psychological Services. The California Board of Psychology publishes an excellent booklet that gives an overview of how psychologists are trained, what services they provide, how to choose a psychologist, your rights as a patient, and how file a complaint.
  • Professional Therapy Never Includes Sex. No mental health professional should engage in a sexual relationship with patients for any reason. The California Board of Psychology publishes an excellent booklet on what to do if this has happened to you.
  • Psychotherapies. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) describes different kinds of psychotherapy.
  • There are also several books on how to get the most out of psychotherapy.

On Psychiatric Medications
  • The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) publishes a friendly overview of different kinds of psychiatric medications.
  • Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is an online library and includes an encylopedia of medications.
  • This webpage by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has information about specific medications.

 
 
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