Resources for Bipolar Disorder

By Sherrie Mcgregor, Ph.D.

This list includes support and advocacy organizations, as well as books, pamphlets, videos, and online resources on topics related to bipolar disorders, related conditions, special-needs parenting, sibling issues, insurance and healthcare, and medications.

Advocacy and support groups

United States


Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association (DRADA)

Meyer 3-181, 600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287-7381
Phone: (410) 955-4647


The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF)

ll87 Wilmette Avenue, #33l
Wilmette, IL 6009l
Phone: (847) 256-8525
Fax: (847) 920-9310
Email: cabf@bpkids.org

A parent-led group providing education, support, and advocacy for children, adolescents, families and professionals.


Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health

1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2971
Phone: (703) 684-7710
Fax: (703) 836-1040
Email: ffcmh@ffcmh.org

A group for families, especially low-income families, who are caring for a child with a mental illness.


National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd. – Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Phone: (703) 524-7600 or (800) 950-NAMI (Helpline)
Fax: (703) 524-9094
TDD: (703) 516-7227

NAMI is the largest organization for mentally ill people and their families in the US. It has state and local chapters around the country, sponsors legislation, advocates for mentally ill people, and provides excellent information via its web site and publications.


National
Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association
730 N. Franklin Street, Suite 501
Chicago, IL 60610-3526
Phone: (312) 642-0049 or (800) 826-3632
Fax: (312) 642-7243

This support and advocacy group specifically for people with depression or bipolar depression has chapters throughout the US and an informative web site.

Canada


Canadian Mental Health Association

Simon Fraser Branch
#3-260 Twelfth Street
New Westminster, BC
Canada V3M 4H2
Phone: (604) 524-2821
Fax: (604) 524-2870
Email: cmha@radiant.net


Integrated Network of Disability Information and Education

Email: info@indie.ca


Mood Disorders Association of British Columbia

2730 Commercial Drive, #201
Vancouver, BC

Canada V5N 5PN
Phone: (604) 873-0103
Fax: (604) 873-3095
Email: mda@lynx.bc.ca

United Kingdom


Glasgow Association for Mental Health

Melrose House, First Floor

15/23 Cadogan Street
Glasgow, G2 6QQ
Phone: (0141) 204 2270
Fax: (0141) 204 2770

Email: GAMH@colloquium.co.uk


Manic Depression Fellowship

8-10 High Street

Kingston-upon-Thames
Surrey KT1 1EY UK
Phone: (0181) 974 6550
Email: mdfgl@mdfglmhmip.u-net.com

This organization has regional offices in Wales, Greater London, and Manchester, as well as 125 local groups throughout the UK. It provides support, advice, and information for people with manic depression, their families, friends, and carers.


Mental Health Foundation

20/21 Cornwall Terrace

London NW1 4QL
Phone: 0207 535 7400
Fax: 0207 535 7474
Email: mhf@mentalhealth.org.uk

National Alliance of the Relatives of the Mentally Ill (NARMI)
Tydehams Oaks
Tydehams, Newbury

Berks RG14 6JT
Phone: (01635) 551923


National Disability Council

Caxton House, Level 4A
Tothill Street
London SW1H 9NA
Phone: 0207 273 5636
Fax: 0207 273 5929

Minicom: 0207 273 5645
Email: chairman.ndc@dfee.gov.uk


Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health

Beacon House
80 University Street
Belfast BT7 1HE
Phone: 028 9032 8474

Fax: 028 9023 4940


SANE

1st Floor, Cityside House
40 Adler Street
London E1 1EE
Phone: (0171) 724 6520 (office)
National Helpline: 0345 67 8000 (daily 2:00 pm to midnight)

SANE is a mental health charity which campaigns to improve attitudes and services for sufferers and their families.

UK Advocacy Network
Volserve House
14-18 West Bar Green
Sheffield S1 2DA
Phone: (0114) 272 8171


Young Minds

102-108 Clerkenwell Road, 2nd Floor
London EC1M 5SA

Phone: (0171) 336 8445 (office) or
(0800) 018 2138 (Parents Hotline)
Fax: (0171) 336 8446
Email: enquiries@youngminds.org.uk

Ireland


AWARE

147 Phipsborough Road
Dublin 7 Ireland

Phone: (01) 830 8449 or (0) 679 1711 (Helpline)

AWARE offers help by phone, sponsors support groups in 38 locations around Ireland, provides information and literature, does public advocacy, and supports research.


Mental Health Association of Ireland

Mensana House, 6 Adelaide Street
Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin
Ireland
Phone: (01) 284 1166
Fax: (01) 284 1736
Email: info@mensana.org

Australia

Action Resource Network Inc.
266 Johnston Street
Abbotsford, Victoria 3067
Phone: (03) 9416-3488 or (800) 808-126
Fax: (03) 9416-3484
TTY: (03) 9416-3491

Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (ARAFMI)

c/o
Mental Health Resource Centre

1 Richmond Road
Keswick, SA 5035
Phone: (08) 8221 5166
Fax: (08) 8221 5159

ARAFMI has chapters in most Australian states.


Disability Action Inc.

62 Henley Beach Road
Mile End, SA 5031
Phone: (08) 8352 8599 or 1(800) 805 495
Fax: (08) 8354 0049
TTY: (08) 8352 8022
Email: email@disabilityaction.in-sa.com.au
Contact: Brad or Jen


Mood Disorders Association (SA) Inc./Self-Help (MDP) Inc.

MHRC Building, 1 Richmond Road
Keswick, SA 5035
Phone: (08) 8221-5170
Fax: (08) 8221-5159

MDA offers education and support services to those who may be suffering from depression and manic depression.


SANE Australia

PO Box 226
South Melbourne, Victoria 3065

Phone: (61) 3 9682 5933
Fax: (61) 3 9682 5944
Email: sane@sane.org

New Zealand


Richmond Fellowship

249 Madras Street, Level 3
Christchurch, NZ

Phone: (64) 3 365-3211
Fax: (64) 3 365-3905
Email: national@richmond.org.nz

Books and publications

Berger, Diane, et al. We Heard the Angels of Madness: A Family Guide to Coping with Manic Depression. New York: Quill, 1992.

Bipolar Disorders Letter.
This is an online newsletter, mostly for professionals but of interest to parents as well. It summarizes recent studies on treatments. You’ll need the free program Acrobat Reader to look at it.


Bipolar Network News
(newsletter). Stanley Foundation Bipolar Network, Bethesda, Maryland.

Fieve, Ronald R. Moodswing: Dr. Fieve on Depression (revised edition). New York: Bantam Books, 1997.

Guiness, David. Inside Out: A Guide to Self-Management of Manic Depression (booklet). The Manic Depression Fellowship (UK), 1998.

Halebsky, Mark. Surviving the Crisis of Depression and Bipolar Illness: Layperson’s Guide to Coping with Mental Illness Beyond the Time of Crisis and Outside the Hospital. Arvada, Colorado: Personal and Professional Growth Organization, 1997.

Jamison, Kay Redfield. An Unquiet Mind. New York: Random House, 1997. Dr. Jamison is one of the most prominent experts on bipolar disorders–and is herself a manic-depressive. This is her fascinating (and for worried parents, heartening) memoir.

Jamison, Kay Redfield. Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. New York: Free Press, 1996.

Walsh, Mitzi. Bipolar Disorders: A Guide to Helping Children and Adolescents. Sebastopol: O’Reilly, 1999. A comprehensive book for parents that covers diagnosis, family life, medications, talk therapies and other interventions, insurance, and school. The book from which these resources are taken.

Web sites


Bipolar Disorders Center

For parents and caregivers of bipolar children and teens. Substantial excerpts from the the book Bipolar Disorders by Mitzi Walsh and other news and content.


BiPolar Children and Teens

This parent-run page features lots of supportive information and personal stories, including an incomplete list of support groups in the US and Canada for parents of children with mental illness, and links to an AOL chat room and several mailing lists.


BipolarKids list

This fabulous list for parents of bipolar children and teens is moderated by parent volunteers, and sponsored through the generosity of Active-Websites, owned by Steve Worden. It’s an excellent source of support and reliable information. To subscribe, see the requirements at their web site.


Bipolar (Mining Co.)

A collection of articles, links, and a Web chat group about bipolar disorders.


BPSO list

Email: majordomo@ipl.co.uk

For parents, spouses, siblings, and friends of people with bipolar disorder. To subscribe, send email, and in the body of the message, write: subscribe bpso.


FyrenIyce

Information about bipolar disorders, and links to support and advocacy groups in Australia and elsewhere. There’s also a FyrenIyce email list.


Harbor of Refuge

Volunteer run organization that offers peer to peer support for people with bipolar disorder and those that care about them.


Massachusetts General Hospital Neurology Forums

This site features discussion groups (live and bulletin board style) on almost every known neurological disorder, including bipolar disorders.


Moodswing.org

Home of the Bipolar FAQ (frequently asked questions list).


Pendulum Resources

You can find up-to-date information on bipolar disorders here, with a strong mental health consumer orientation.


WalkersWeb

WalkersWeb is the home of several mailing lists geared toward people with bipolar disorders or depression. It also has excellent links to mental health sites, its own informational files, and online chat groups.

Related conditions and symptoms

If your child has multiple diagnoses or simply shares symptoms with another condition, these books and online resources may help.

Hallowell, Edward. When You Worry About the Child You Love: Emotional and Learning Problems in Children. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. This book provides a good introduction to the whole spectrum of psychiatric, emotional, developmental, and learning disorders in young children. It’s very readable.

ADD/ADHD

Hallowell, Edward. Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood Through Adulthood. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1994. The classic book on ADD/ADHD.

Hallowell, Edward, and John Ratey. Answers to Distraction. New York: Bantam Books, 1996. A companion to Dr. Hallowell’s Driven to Distraction, this book provides behavior management and learning strategies to help the ADD/ADHD child.

ODD/Conduct disorders


Oppositional Defiant Disorder: What is it?


A Place for Us

This web site includes a parent message board, information, and links about conduct disorders, ODD, and related problems.

Eating disorders


Eating Disorders Association Resource Centre

Phone: (07) 3352 6900
Email: eda.inc@uq.net.au

Most services are limited to Australia, but does contain a comprehensive list of related links, books and FAQ’s.


Eating Disorders Shared Awareness (EDSA)

This site includes links to US and Canadian support and informational sites on anorexia and bulimia.

Eating Disorders Association
Wenson House, 1st Floor
103 Prince of Wales Road
Norwich NR1 1DW UK
Phone: (0160) 362-1414

Seasonal affective disorder

Rosenthal, Norman E., MD. Winter Blues. New York: The Guilford Press, 1993.

National Organization for Seasonal Affective Disorder (NOSAD)
PO Box 40190
Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (301) 762-0768

SAD Homepage

Environmental Health and Light Research Institute
16057 Tampa Palms Boulevard, Suite 227
Tampa, FL 33647
Phone: (800) 544-4878

Light system vendors:

Apollo Light Systems Inc.
352 West 1060 South

Orem, UT 84058
Phone: (801) 226-2370


Hughes Lighting Technologies

34 Yacht Club Drive
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Phone: (973) 663-1214 or (800) 544-4825
Fax: (973) 663-3496


The SunBox Company

19217 Orbit Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20870
Phone: (301) 869-5980 or (800) 548-3968
Email: sunbox@aol.com

Self-injurious behavior (SIB)

Strong, Marilee. A Bright Red Scream: Self-Mutilation and the Language of Pain. New York: Viking Press, 1998.

Levenkron, Steven. Cutting: Understanding and Overcoming Self-Mutilation. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1998.

Alderman, Tracy. The Scarred Soul: Understanding and Ending Self-Inflicted Violence. Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications, 1997.


Bodies-Under-Siege mailing list

Email: majordomo@majordomo.pobox.com

Bodies-Under-Siege is an online support group for people with self-injurious behavior. May not be appropriate for all teens with SIB, but some may find this therapeutic. To subscribe, send email, and in the body of the message, write: subscribe bus.


Secret Shame

Secret Shame is a web site about self-injury, offering information and support to people with SIB and their families.

Suicide prevention


The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Phone: (703) 524-7600

NAMI is the largest support group for people with mental illness in the US. Its national information line or web site can help you find local resources right away.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline (US)
Phone: (800) 999-9999

Call this number to get information about the closest suicide prevention hotline.


Suicide Awareness/Voices of Education (SA/VE)


Suicide Information and Education Centre (SEIC)

SEIC maintains a list of suicide prevention hotlines and services in the US and Canada.


Befrienders International Online

The Befrienders maintain a list of crisis and suicide counseling centers throughout the world.

Substance abuse


Adolescent Substance Abuse and Recovery Resources

Includes links to AA, NA, and many other groups that can help young people stop using drugs and alcohol.


Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

75 Albert Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K1P 5E7 Canada
Phone: (613) 235-4048
Fax: (613) 235-8101

Drugline Ltd.
9A Brockley Cross

Brockley, London SE4 2AB UK
Phone: (0181) 692-4975

Special-needs parenting

Bending the Rules: A Guide for Parents of Troubled Children. Michael McDonald Productions, 1996. Made by the Southern California chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Association, this is an excellent video on handling problem behaviors that are driven by brain dysfunction. It comes highly recommended by parents. Call (818) 881-3211 to order.

Bruun, Ruth Dowling, MD, et al. Problem Behaviors and Tourette’s Syndrome (pamphlet). Bayside, New York:

Tourette Syndrome Association
, 1993. Contact information: 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY 11361-2820, (718) 224-2999.

Budman, Cathy, MD, and Ruth Dowling Bruun, MD. Tourette Syndrome and Repeated Anger Generated Episodes (RAGE) (pamphlet). Bayside, New York: Tourette Syndrome Association, 1998.

Greene, Ross. The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, “Chronically Inflexible” Children. New York: HarperCollins, 1998. The title says it all: This may be the best book ever on raising a child with bipolar disorder, or even just a “difficult” temperament. Full of parent-tested strategies for defusing behavior problems.

Greenspan, Stanley I., with Jacqueline Salmon. The Challenging Child. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1995. Dr. Greenspan explains why some kids have a “challenging” temperament, and offers excellent ideas for turning down the volume of outbursts, anxiety, and other behavior problems.

Greenspan, Stanley I., with Jacqueline Salmon. Playground Politics: Understanding the Emotional Life of Your School-Age Child. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1993. Help for parents with children who don’t fit in.

Greenspan, Stanley I., and Serena Wieder, with Robin Simons. The Child with Special Needs. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley, 1998. This book concentrates on working with developmentally or emotionally challenged children from infancy through school age. Highly recommended, especially if your child has an additional diagnosis of PDD/autism, ADHD, etc.

Kurcinka, Mary Sheedy. Raising Your Spirited Child. New York: HarperPerennial, 1991. Covers handling sensory defensiveness and other contributors to “spirited” behavior.

Marsh, Diane T., Rex M. Dickens, and E. Fuller Torrey. How to Cope with Mental Illness in Your Family: A Self-Care Guide for Siblings, Offspring, and Parents. New York: Putnam Publishing Group, 1998.

Meyer, Donald, editor. Uncommon Fathers: Reflections on Raising a Child with a Disability. Rockville, Maryland: Woodbine House, 1995.

Naseef, Robert A. Special Children, Challenged Parents: The Struggles and Rewards of Raising a Child with a Disability. New York: Birch Lane Press, 1997.

Phelan, Thomas W. 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12. Glen Ellyn, Illinois: Child Management Inc., 1996. Phelan has devised a workable system for managing behavior without getting physical, especially for strong-willed kids. Many parents swear by it. Also available on tape.

Wollis, Rebecca, and Agnes Hatfield. When Someone You Love Has a Mental Illness: A Handbook for Family, Friends, and Caregivers. Los Angeles: J. P. Tarcher, 1992.

Sibling issues

Meyer, Donald, and Patricia Vadasy. Living with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1996.

Meyer, Donald, editor. Views from Our Shoes: Growing up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs. Rockville, Maryland: Woodbine House, 1997.


Sib Kids Club

A web site for kids who have a sibling with a disability.


SibShops/Sibling Support Project

Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
PO Box 5371, CL-09
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: (206) 368-4911
Fax: (206) 368-4816

SibShops are special support groups for children dealing with a sibling’s disability. This site provides information on SibShops and related topics, and can help you find a SibShop program in your area.

Special education

Anderson, Winifred, Stephen Chitwood, and Dierdre Hayden. Negotiating the Special Education Maze: A Guide for Parents and Teachers, 2nd ed. Rockville, Maryland: Woodbine House, 1990. Well-written and very complete. A new edition with information on the changes wrought in IDEA 97 was said to be in production at press time.

Cutler, Barbara Coyne. You, Your Child, and “Special” Education: A Guide to Making the System Work. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing, 1993. A guide to fighting the system on your child’s behalf.

Dornbush, Marilyn P., and Sheryl K. Pruitt. Teaching the Tiger: A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students With Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Duarte, California: Hope Press, 1995. This is a wonderful book, full of practical suggestions, organizing aids, and ideas for teachers, parents, and students. Very applicable to children with bipolar disorders, with or without ADD/ADHD.


Advocating for the Child

Maintained by the mother of neurologically challenged children, this site is an all-purpose guide to advocating for your child’s educational rights in the US. Information-rich, with great links and lots of inspiration.


The Special Ed Advocate/Wrightslaw

This is the place to find the actual text of special education laws, information on the latest court battles, and answers to your special education questions.


Special Education and Disabilities Resources

US information and links on special education law, assistive technology, and related topics.

Healthcare and insurance

Beckett, Julie. Health Care Financing: A Guide for Families. To order, contact: the National Maternal and Child Health Resource Center, Law Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242, (319) 335-9073. This overview of the healthcare financing system includes advocacy strategies for families, and information about public health insurance in the US.

How to Get Quality Care for a Child with Special Health Needs: A Guide to Health Services and How to Pay for Them. To order, contact: The Disability Bookshop, PO Box 129, Vancouver, WA 98666-0129, (206) 694-2462 or (800) 637-2256.

Larson, Georgianna, and Judith Kahn. Special Needs/Special Solutions: How to Get Quality Care for a Child with Special Health Needs. St. Paul: Life Line Press, 1991.

Neville, Kathy. Strategic Insurance Negotiation: An Introduction to Basic Skills for Families and Community Mental Health Workers (pamphlet). To order, contact: CAPP/NPRC Project, Federation for Children with Special Needs, 95 Berkeley Street, Suite 104, Boston, MA 02116. Single copies available at no cost.


Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

1220 19th Street, N.W., Suite 801
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 775-0436
Fax: (202) 775-0061

Email: info@amchp.org

Call AMCHP to locate your state’s Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.


National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC)

Hall of States
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 701
Washington, DC 20001-1512
Phone: (202) 624-7790

Call NAIC to locate your state insurance commissioner, who can tell you about health insurance regulations in your state regarding bipolar disorders.


Association for the Care of Children’s Health

ACCH Publications
19 Mantua Road
Mt. Royal, NJ 08061
Phone: (609) 224-1742

This group offers a variety of publications on child healthcare, including guides to prepare a child for the hospital and many items for parents of special-needs children.

Mail order pharmacies


CanadaRx

This is a consortium of Canadian pharmacies set up specifically to provide discounted prescriptions to US customers, although Canadians and others can use the service as well. Mail-order arrangements must be made over the Net, or directly through one of the consortium members (their addresses are available on the web site).

Continental Pharmacy
PO Box 94863
Cleveland, OH 44101-4863
Phone: (216) 459-2010 or (800) 677-4323
Fax: (216) 459-2004


Farmacia Rex S.R.L.

Cordoba 2401
Esq. Azcuénaga 1120
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone: (54-011) 4961-0338
Fax: (54-011) 4962-0153

Deeply discounted prices, and they mail anywhere.


GlobalRx

4024 Carrington Lane
Efland, NC 27243
Phone: (919) 304-4278 or (800) 526-6447
Fax: (919) 304-4405
Email: info@globalrx.com

Masters Marketing Company, Ltd.

Masters House No. 1
Marlborough Hill
Harrow, Middlesex HA1 1TW
England
Phone: (011) 44-181-424-9400
Fax: (011) 4481 427 1994

Carries a limited selection of European pharmaceuticals, as well as a few American-made drugs, including Prozac.


No Frills Pharmacy

1510 Harlan Drive
Bellevue, NB 68005
Phone: (800) 485-7423
Fax: (402) 682-9899
Email: refill@nofrillspharmacy.com


Peoples Pharmacy

This Austin, Texas-based chain provides Net-only mail-order service, and can compound medications as well.


Pharmacy Direct

3 Coal Street
Silverwater, NSW 2128 Australia
Phone: (02) 9648 8888 or (1300) 656 245
Fax: (02) 9648 8999 or (1300) 656 329
Email: pharmacy@pharmacydirect.com.au

You must have a prescription from an Australian doctor to use this mail-order service.


The Pharmacy Shop (Drugs By Mail)

5007 N. Central
Phoenix, AZ 85012
Phone: (602) 274-9956 or (800) 775-6888
Fax: (602) 241-0104
Email: sales@drugsbymail.com


Preferred Prescription Plan

2201 W. Sample Road, Bldg 9, Ste 1-A
Pompano Beach, FL 33073
Phone: (954) 969-1230 or (800) 881-6325
Fax: (800) 881-6990
Email: cust-svc@DrugPlace.com


Stadtlanders Pharmacy

600 Penn Center Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA 15235-5810
Phone: (800) 238-7828
Email: enroll@stadtlander.com

Stadtlanders Pharmacy has a stellar reputation in the disability community.


Victoria Apotheke (Victoria Pharmacy)

Bahnhofstrasse 71
Postfach CH-8021
Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: (01) 211-2432 (Europe) or (011) 411-211-24 32 (US)
Fax: (01) 221-2322 (Europe) or (011) 411-221-2322 (US)
Email: victoriaapotheke@access.ch

General medical information


Medscape

Searchable, online index to hundreds of medical journals. Many articles are available in full, others as abstracts only.


PubMed

Free interface for searching the MEDLINE medical database, which can help you find out about studies, medications, and more.

Medications

There are a number of books available that list side effects, cautions, and more regarding medications. The biggest and best is the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR), but its price is well out of the average parent’s league. You may be able to find a used but recent copy at a good price.

If your child is allergic to food dyes, or to corn, wheat, and other materials used as fillers in pills, you should consult directly with the manufacturer of any medications he takes.

The British National Formulary (BNF). British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, 1998. The standard reference for prescribing and dispensing drugs in the UK, updated twice yearly.

Preston, John D., John H. O’Neal, and Mary C. Talaga. Consumer’s Guide to Psychiatric Drugs. Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications, 1998.

Silverman, Harold M., editor. The Pill Book, 8th ed. New York: Bantam Books, 1998. A basic paperback guide to the most commonly used medications in the US.

Sullivan, Donald. The American Pharmaceutical Association’s Guide to Prescription Drugs. New York: Signet, 1998.

Wilens, Timothy E., MD. Straight Talk About Psychiatric Medications for Kids. New York: Guilford Press, 1998.


Canadian Drug Product Database

The DPD contains product specific information on drugs approved for use in Canada. The database is managed by the Therapeutic Products Programme and includes human, veterinary and disinfectant products.


Dr. Bob’s Psychopharmacology Tips

Excellent information on psychiatric drugs, including things like the MAOI dietary restrictions and common SSRI interactions.


Federal Drug Administration (FDA)

Official US information on new drugs and generic versions of old drugs, FDA warnings and recalls, etc.


The Internet Drug List


MedEc Interactive/PDR.net

This medical info site includes a link to a Web-accessible version of the PDR.


Pharmaceutical Information Network


PharmWeb


The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Technical Information Center

There is a nominal fee for use of the RPS database, but one might be able to have it waived.


RXmed

Alternative medicine resources

Balch, James F., MD, and Phyllis A. Balch, CNC. Prescription for Nutritional Healing. Garden City Park, New York: Avery Publishing, 1997.

Baumel, Syd. Dealing with Depression Naturally. New Canaan, Connecticut: Keats Publishing, 1995.

Elkins, Rita. Depression and Natural Medicine. Pleasant Grove, Utah: Woodland Publishing, 1995.

Murray, Michael T., ND. Natural Alternatives to Prozac. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1996.

Norden, Michael J., MD. Beyond Prozac. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.

Stoll, Andrew L., MD. Omega-3 Fatty Acid User Guide. 1998. Available from: Psychopharmacology Research Laboratory, McLean Hospital, 115 Mill Street, Belmont, MA 02478.

Supplement suppliers


The Vitamin Connection

72 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 846-2026 or (800) 760-3020

Fax: (802) 846-2027


Martek Biosciences

6480 Dobbin Road
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: (410) 740-0081 or (800) 662-6339
Fax: (410) 740-2985
Email: glampf@martekbio.com

Sagami Chemical Research Center
Nishi-Ohnuma 4-4-1, Sagamihara
Kanagawa 229-0012, Japan
Phone: (011) 81-427-42-4791
Fax: (011) 81-427-49-763
Contact: Dr. Kazunaga Yazawa

Source for omega-3 fish oils.


Omega Protein

PO Box 1799
Hammond, LA 70404-1799
Phone: (504) 345-6234
Fax: (504) 345-5744
Email: kshort@i-55.com
Contact: Kelsey Short

Source for omega-3 fish oils.

Medical facilities

Sometimes a child’s symptoms are so challenging that your local psychiatrist may want to seek the help of experts. These facilities are among the world’s best-known centers for treating bipolar disorders.

United States


KidsPeace: The National Hospital for Kids in Crisis

5300 KidsPeace Drive
Orefield, PA 18069-9101
Phone: (800) 334-4KID
Email: admissions@kidspeace.org

Mood Disorders Clinic
Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 355-6000


National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH)

Biological Psychiatry Branch
Building 10, Room 3N212

9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-6827 or (800) 4ll-l222 (Recruitment and Referral)
Email: prcc@cc.nih.gov


Stanford Bipolar Disorders Clinic

401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94305-5723

Phone: (650) 498-4689
Fax: (65) 723-2507
Email: bipolar.clinic@forsythe.stanford.edu


The Stanley Clinical Research Center

Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals of Cleveland
Department of Psychiatry
11100 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: (216) 844-3880
Fax: (216) 844-1703


The Stanley Center for the Innovative Treatment of Bipolar Disorders

3811 O’Hara Street, Suite 279
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 624-2476 or (800) 424-7657
Fax: (412) 624-0493


Stanley Foundation Bipolar Network

5430 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (800) 518-7326
Fax: (301) 571-0768
Email: info@bipolarnetwork.org

This is a multi-center research effort, including the Stanley Foundation Center at Johns Hopkins University, NIMH, and several other institutions.


University of Texas Southwestern Bipolar and Research Program

8267 Elmbrook Drive, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75247
Phone: (214) 689-3765
Fax: (214) 689-3751
Email: mwestl@mednet.swmed.edu
Contact: Mary Ann Westlake

Canada


Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT)

This is a consortium of university medical schools and other research organizations concentrating on depression, bipolar disorders, and anxiety disorders. Their web site can link you with a CANMAT center near you, and also provides information about diagnosis and treatment options.


University of British Columbia Mood Disorders Clinic

Department of Psychiatry
Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre, UBC Site
2211 Wesbrook Mall

Vancouver, BC V6T 2A1 Canada
Phone: (604) 822-9745
Fax: (604) 822-7922

Public mental health agencies

United States

Alabama

Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

RSA Union
100 N. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-1410
Phone: (334) 242-3417
Fax: (334) 242-0684

Alaska


Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

350 Main Street, Room 217

PO Box 110620
Juneau, AK 99811-0620
Phone: (907) 465-3370 or (800) 465-4828
Fax: (907) 465-2668
TDD: (907) 465-2225
Email: Director@health.state.ak.us

Arizona


Department of Health Services

Behavioral Health
2122 E. Highland
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Phone: (602) 381-8999
Fax: (602) 553-9140
Email: adelatr@hs.state.az.us

Arkansas


Department of Human Services

Division of Mental Health
4313 West Markham
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 686-9164
TTD: (501) 686-9176
Fax: (501) 686-9182

Colorado


Mental Health Services

3824 W. Princeton Circle
Denver, CO 80236
Phone: (303) 866-7400
Fax: (303) 866-7428

District of Columbia

DC Commission on Mental Health Services
Child Youth Services Administration
2700 Martin Luther King Avenue SE
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, L Bldg.
Washington, DC 20032
Phone: (202) 373-7225

Florida


Children’s Medical Services (CMS)

Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services
1311 Winewood Boulevard
Building 5, Room 215
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: (904) 488-4257

Georgia


Department of Human Resources

2 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 22-205

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: (404) 657-2260
Email: xwiggins@dmh.dhr.state.ga.us

Hawaii


Department of Human Services

1000 Bishop Street, No. 615
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: (808) 548-4769

Idaho


Department of Health and Welfare

450 W. State Street
Boise, ID 83720-0036
Phone: (208) 334-5500

Illinois

Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

402 Stratten Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
Phone: (217) 782-7395

Indiana


Division of Mental Health

Family and Social Services Administration
402 W. Washington W353
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Phone: (317) 232-7841
TDD: (317) 232-7844
Fax: (317) 233-3472

Iowa


Department of Human Services

Hoover Building, 5th Floor
Des Moines, IN 50310
Phone: (515) 278-2502

Kansas

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Programs
506 N. State Office Building
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: (913) 296-1808

Kentucky


Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services

100 Fair Oaks Lane, 4th Flr.

Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-7610

Louisiana

Department of Health and Human Resources
PO Box 4049
655 N. 5th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Phone: (504) 342-2548

Maine


Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

State House Station 40
Augusta, ME 04333
Phone: (207) 287-4200 or (888) 568-1112 (Crisis number)
TTY: 207-287-2000
Fax: 207-287-4268

Maryland

Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 W. Preston Street
O’Connor Building, 4th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 767-6860
TDD: (800) 735-2258

Massachusetts


Department of Mental Health

25 Staniford Street
Boston, MA 02214
Phone: (617) 727-5600
Fax: (617) 727-4350

Minnesota

Children’s Mental Health
c/o
Minnesota Department of Human Services

444 Lafayette Road

St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: (651) 297-5242


Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs

717 Delaware Street SE
PO Box 9441
Minneapolis, MN 55440-9441
Phone: (612) 676-5150 or (800) 728-5420
Fax: (612) 676-5442

Email: mcshn@kids.health.state.mn.us

Mississippi


Department of Mental Health

1101 Robert E. Lee Building
239 N. Lamar Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Phone: (601) 359-1288

Fax: (601) 359-6295

Missouri


Children’s Mental Health

c/o Department of Mental Health
1706 East Elm Street
PO Box 687
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573) 751-3070 or (800) 364-9687

Email: dmhmail@mail.state.mo.us

Montana


Department of Public Health and Social Services

PO Box 4210
111 Sanders, Room 202
Helena, MT 59604
Phone: (406) 444-2995

Nebraska


Nebraska Health and Human Services

Office of Community Mental Health
PO Box 95007
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2330
Email: hhsinfo@www.hhs.state.ne.us

Nevada


Department of Human Resources

State Capitol Complex
505 E. King Street
Carson City, NV 98710
Phone: (702) 687-4440

New Hampshire

Division of Mental Health
c/o
Department of Health and Human Services

State Office Park South
105 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-5065

New Jersey

Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 364
Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: (609) 984-0755

New Mexico


Human Services Department

1190 S. St. Francis Drive

P.O. Box 2348
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone: (505) 827-7750 or (800) 432-6217
TDD: (800) 609-4TDD
Email: marty.eckert@state.nm.us

New York


New York State Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229
Phone: (518) 474-6540

Fax: (518) 473-3456

North Carolina


Division of Mental Health

Department of Health and Human Services
Albemarle Building

325 N. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
Phone: (919) 733-7011
Fax: 919-733-9455

North Dakota


Department of Human Services


State Capitol Building
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 325

Bismarck, ND 58505
Phone: (701) 328-2310 or (800) 472-2622
TTY: (800) 366-6888
Fax: (701) 328-2359
Email: sosteh@state.nd.us

Ohio


Department of Mental Health

State Office Tower
30 E. Broad Street, 8th Floor
Columbus, OH 43266-0414
Phone: (614) 466-1483
Email: helpdesk@mhmail.mh.state.oh.us

Oklahoma


Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

1200 NE 13th Street
PO Box 53277
Oklahoma City, OK 73152-3277
Phone: (405) 522-3908 or (800) 522-9054 (Hotline)

Oregon


Office of Mental Health Services

Department of Human Resources
2575 Bittern Street NE

Salem, OR 97309-0740
Phone: (503) 975-9700
Fax: (503) 373-7327

Pennsylvania


Special Kids Network

Department of Health
PO Box 90
Harrisburg, PA 17108

Phone: (800) 986-4550

Rhode Island


Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals

Aime J. Forand Building
600 New London Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 464-3291

South Carolina


Department of Mental Health

2414 Bull Street, Room 304
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 898-8581
Email: scdmh@yahoo.com

South Dakota


Division of Developmental Disabilities

Department of Human Services
Hillsview Plaza, E. Hwy 34
c/o 500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: (605) 733-3438
Email: infodd@dhs.state.sd.us

Tennessee


Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

3rd Floor, Cordell Hull Building
425 Fifth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 532-6500

Texas


Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation

909 West 45th Street

PO Box 12668
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: (512) 454-3761

Utah


State Division of Mental Health

Department of Human Services
120 N. 200 W., Room 415
Salt Lake City, UT 84145

Phone: (801) 538-4270

Vermont


Department of Developmental and Mental Health Services

103 S. Main Street
Weeks Building
Waterbury, VT 05671-1601
Phone: (802) 241-2609

Virginia


Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services

PO Box 1797
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 786-3921 or (800) 451-5544
TDD: (804) 371-8977
Fax (804) 371-6638

Washington


Mental Health Division

Health and Rehabilitative Services Administration
PO Box 1788, OB-42C
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (800) 446-0259

West Virginia


Department of Health and Human Resources

Capitol Complex
Bldg. 3 Room 206

Charleston, WV 25305
Phone: (304) 348-0627

Wisconsin


Bureau of Community Mental Health

Department of Health and Family Services
1 W. Wilson Street, Room 433
PO Box 7851

Madison, WI 53707
Phone: (608) 261-6746
Fax: (608) 261-6748

Canada

British Columbia


British Columbia Ministry of Health

Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4

Phone: (250) 952-1742 or (800) 465-4911

Manitoba


Manitoba Health

Legislative Building
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8
Phone: (204) 786-7111 or (877) 218-0102

New Brunswick


New Brunswick Health and Community Services

PO Box 5100
Fredericton, NB E3B 5G8
Phone: (506) 453-2536
Fax: (506) 444-4697

Newfoundland and Labrador


Newfoundland Department of Health and Community Services

Division of Family and Rehabilitative Services

Confederation Building, West Block
PO Box 8700
St. John’s, NF A1B 4J6
Phone: (709) 729-5153
Fax: (709) 729-0583

Nova Scotia


Nova Scotia Department of Health

PO Box 488

Halifax:, NS B3J 2R8
Phone: (902) 424-5886 or (800) 565-3611

Prince Edward Island


Prince Edward Island Health and Social Services

Second Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000

Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8
Phone: (902) 368-4900
Fax: (902) 368-4969

Quebec


Quebec Ministére de la Santé et Services Sociaux

1075 Chemin Sainte-Foy, R.C.
Québec, QC G1S 2M1

Phone: (418) 643-3380 or (800) 707-3380
Fax: (418) 644-4574

Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan Health

T.C. Douglas Building
3475 Albert Street
Regina, SK S4S 6X6
Phone: (306) 787-3475

Fax: (306) 787-3761

United Kingdom

People in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland will generally need to be referred to a specialist at a clinic or hospital by their general practitioner.


The National Health Service Confederation

This site lists all local NHS authorities and boards, as well as specific sites for healthcare (including mental health services).

Ireland


Eastern Health Board

Dr. Steevens Hospital
Dublin 8
Phone: 1800 520 520

Midland Health Board,
Arden Road
Tullamore, County Offaly
(0506) 21868


North Eastern Health Board

Kells, County Meath
(046) 40341


North Western Health Board

Manorhamilton, County Leitrim
Phone: (072) 55123
Fax: (072) 20431


Southern Health Board

Wilton Road
County Cork
Phone: (021) 545011
Fax: (021) 545748


Western Health Board

Merlin Park Regional Hospital
Galway
Phone: (091) 757631

Fax: (091) 770203

Australia


Australian Capitol Territory

Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services
Child Health and Development Service
Weingarth Street at Blackwood Terrace
Holder, ACT 2611
Phone: (02) 6205-1277

New South Wales


Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services

1 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst, NSW
Phone: (02) 9263-3555 or (800) 048-998

Northern Territory


Northern Territory Health Services

PO Box 40596

Casuarina, NT 0811
Phone: (08) 8999-2400
Fax: (08) 8999-2700

Queensland

Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services
340 Adelaide
Brisbane, Queensland
Phone: (07) 3360-2555

South Australia

Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services
55 Currie Street
Adelaide, SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8237-6111
Fax: (08) 8237-8000

Tasmania


Commonwealth Department of Health and Community Services

Child and Family Services

4 Farley Street
Glenorchy, Tasmania
Phone: (03) 6233-2921

Victoria

Department of Health and Family Services
Disability Programs
Casselden Place
2 Lonsdale Street
GPO Box 9848

Melbourne, Victoria 3001
(03) 9285-8888

Western Australia


Department of Health and Family Services

Central Park, 12th Floor
152 St. George Terrace
Perth, WA 6000
Phone: (08) 9346-5111 or (800) 198-008

Fax: (08) 9346-5222

New Zealand


New Zealand Ministry of Health

133 Molesworth Street
PO Box 5013
Wellington, NZ
Phone: (04) 496-2000
Fax: (04) 496-2340

 

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