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52 Editor's Cool Resource Picks in Psychology & Mental Health
What Causes Domestic Violence?
A brief article describing some of the theoretical and actual causes of domestic violence.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/what-causes-domestic-violence/ - 8-Jan-2002 - Hits: 10183 - Rate This | Details
This support group has been formed to offer an outstretched hand to adult survivors of abuse (physical, verbal, emotional or sexual abuse). Join this list and communicate with others who understand your needs and wants. Seek support from others and be there to support them through their difficult times, too.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/AbusedSurvivors/info - 11-Jun-2002 - Hits: 14358 - Rate This | Details
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA) is an individual and group support program for adult survivors of physical, sexual, and/or emotional child abuse or neglect.
ASCA's StepWork (21 steps) is a statement of the tasks and issues that most adult survivors face during their recovery from child abuse. Unlike some self-help programs, ASCA does not require that participants work the steps - although you may choose to do so - or that the steps be worked in a linear order. StepWork is a process whereby you concentrate on one particular step at a time in a given recovery program.
The Morris Center's "Survivor to Thriver" manual (a 115 page guidebook for ASCA participants, as well as for any survivor of physical, sexual and/or emotional child abuse or neglect) and all ASCA materials are available free to download.
http://www.ascasupport.org/ - 4-Oct-2006 - Hits: 10411 - Rate This | Details
After Silence is a community designed to help survivors communicate in the recovery of rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. Their mission is to support, empower, validate, and educate survivors, as well as their families and supporters.
http://www.aftersilence.org/ - 8-Oct-2006 - Hits: 9063 - Rate This | Details
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
One of the best places to go online today for information relating to anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Includes message boards, chat rooms, recommended books, educational articles and current news.
https://adaa.org/ - 16-Jun-2000 - Hits: 11439 - Rate This | Details
The Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association (SP/SAA), a non-profit organization, was officially organized in 1997 to meet the growing needs of people throughout the world who have social phobia/social anxiety. Information about social anxiety and social phobia, fact sheet, and support groups in your community.
http://socialphobia.org/ - 18-Jun-2000 - Hits: 8835 - Rate This | Details
20 Tips to Tame Your Stress
Dr. Ponton lists 20 quick and easy tips to help calm your stress and help put you in a better mood. Curl up, get comfortable, and enjoy this article!
https://psychcentral.com/lib/20-tips-to-tame-your-stress/ - 29-Mar-2006 - Hits: 7703 - Rate This | Details
Articles and Essays
The old index of articles and essays I authored or published on Psych Central. You can still view this page for historical purposes, but all of the articles listed there are also listed within this index. (Indexed for archival purposes.)
https://psychcentral.com/pageone.htm - 8-Mar-2000 - Hits: 12072 - Rate This | Details
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Symptoms
The essential feature of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) is a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development exhibited by deficits in performance at school, home, and in social relationships. ADHD begins in childhood. The symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity need to manifest themselves in a manner and degree which is inconsistent with the child's current developmental level. That is, the child's behavior is significantly more inattentive or hyperactive than that of his or her peers of a similar age.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/adhd/attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-adhd-symptoms/ - 30-May-2000 - Hits: 9212 - Rate This | Details
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD) Test
Use this quiz to help determine if you need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of ADD or ADHD as an adult.
https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/adhd-quiz/ - 1-Apr-2000 - Hits: 10151 - Rate This | Details
Very Well Mind - Bipolar Disorder Resources
An online community and extensive collection of resources which includes articles, newsletters, chat, forums, links and much more for those who struggle with this disorder.
https://www.verywellmind.com/bipolar-disorder-4157274 - 17-Mar-2000 - Hits: 10380 - Rate This | Details
Goldberg's Mania Quiz
Use this brief test to help you determine if you may need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of mania or bipolar disorder, or for tracking your mania on a regular basis.
https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/mania-quiz/ - 1-Apr-2000 - Hits: 9756 - Rate This | Details
Bipolar Disorder Screening Quiz
The Goldberg Bipolar Disorder Screening Quiz can help you determine if you need to seek additional professional assistance for symptoms associated with bipolar disorder (such as mania or depression).
https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/bipolar-quiz/ - 17-May-2005 - Hits: 15809 - Rate This | Details
Psych Central's Bipolar Support Group
Psych Central's own online bipolar support group allows you to read other people's experiences with bipolar disorder, and also provide your own (if you'd like). Private and secure, the Psych Central Community is one of the longest-running online mental health communities, since 1999.
Membership is free and the community is overseen by a team of dedicated individuals that help keep the forums safe and welcoming for all.
https://psychcentralforums.com/bipolar/ - 6-Feb-2007 - Hits: 22046 - Rate This | Details
Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder (Manic Depression)
In everyday life, people have a variety of moods and feelings. These feelings include frustration, joy and anger. Usually these moods last one day rather than several days. For people with bipolar disorder, however, moods usually swing from weeks of feeling overly "high" and irritable to weeks of feeling sad and hopeless with normal periods in between.
This resource outlines symptoms related to bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression or manic-depression).
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/bipolar/bipolar-disorder-symptoms/ - 30-May-2000 - Hits: 97831 - Rate This | Details
Symptoms of Manic Episode
A description of symptoms related to a manic episode, part of the bipolar disorder, characterized by a time period of an elevated, expansive or notably irritable mood, lasting for at least one week.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/manic-episode/ - 30-May-2000 - Hits: 9307 - Rate This | Details
Symptoms of Mixed Episode
A description of symptoms related to a mixed episode, or a part of a bipolar disorder diagnosis that meets the criteria for both a manic episode as well as a major depressive episode nearly every day for at least a full week.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/mixed-episode-symptoms/ - 30-May-2000 - Hits: 9213 - Rate This | Details
All About Depression
A comprehensive site about depression, including its causes, diagnosis, treatment and more. Site features include a discussion board, newsletter, news and research section, online assessments and workshops, and book recommendations.
http://www.allaboutdepression.com/ - 1-Jan-2003 - Hits: 12843 - Rate This | Details
A Depression Information and Treatment Guide
A guide to depression, featuring a wealth of articles detailing information about this disorder, the symptoms commonly associated with it, and the treatments currently available. Offers informative articles, a depression quiz, and a support forum where you can anonymously read and contribute in a caring community.
Depression affects millions of Americans each year, yet many people still do not recognize it as a treatable disorder. Depression can be treated with psychotherapy and pharmaceutical medications. Learn more about depression by starting here.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/depression/ - 23-Jan-2003 - Hits: 25766 - Rate This | Details
Women and Depression
This is an article describing the effects of depression on women and the unique way in which women cope with depressive feelings.
For both women and men, rates of major depression are highest among the separated and divorced, and lowest among the married, while remaining always higher for women than for men. The quality of a marriage, however, may contribute significantly to depression. Lack of an intimate, confiding relationship, as well as overt marital disputes, have been shown to be related to depression in women. In fact, rates of depression were shown to be highest among unhappily married women.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/women-and-depression/ - 2-Jan-2002 - Hits: 10592 - Rate This | Details
Goldberg's Depression Quiz
Use this brief 18-question online automated quiz to help you determine if you may need to see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment of depression, or for tracking your depression and mood on a regular basis.
https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/depression-quiz/ - 1-Apr-2000 - Hits: 13522 - Rate This | Details
Psych Central Depression Support Group
Psych Central's own online depression support group allows you to read other people's experiences with depression, and also provide your own (if you'd like). Private and secure, the Psych Central Community is one of the longest-running online mental health communities, since 1999.
Membership is free and the community is overseen by a team of dedicated individuals that help keep the forums safe for all.
https://psychcentralforums.com/depression/ - 30-Oct-2002 - Hits: 26189 - Rate This | Details
Beating the Beast
A thriving online support community for people with depression and related issues. The forums are run by people with depression as well.
http://www.beatingthebeast.com/forum/ - 26-Dec-2007 - Hits: 19474 - Rate This | Details
Depressionforums.org is a forum for open peer discussion of depressive illnesses and treatment options. Their mission is to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative for their members, in order to provide a caring environment for members to talk to their peers about their depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery. They also seek to advance public awareness of mental health issues in order to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and other mental disorders.
https://www.depressionforums.org/forums/ - 5-Nov-2006 - Hits: 11305 - Rate This | Details
A national non-profit organization devoted to education, advocacy and research related to the early recognition and treatment of trauma-related stress in children and the understanding and treatment of adults suffering from trauma-generated disorders.
https://www.sidran.org/ - 5-Feb-2000 - Hits: 8412 - Rate This | Details
An Introduction to Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is a confusing, complex disease that many people know too little about. Anorexia is not an indication that parents have gone wrong in raising their children. Cultural, genetic and personality factors interact with life events to initiate and maintain eating disorders. If you or someone you know shows the signs or symptoms of an eating disorder, take action, get educated and seek help here.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/eating-disorders/introduction-to-anorexia-nervosa/ - 8-Jan-2002 - Hits: 12148 - Rate This | Details
Accepting the Body You Have
No one is ever 100% satisfied with their body, it may seem. There are always ideas and resolutions to lose weight, gain weight, increase muscle mass, lose muscle mass, what have you. Body results are not what the Hollywood theaters would have you believe. Most people are not built like an Angelina Jolie or a Brad Pitt. However, even if you are not built or look like a person such as that, it is fine to accept who you are and find the beauty within *and even outside* yourself. Find out how here.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/accepting-the-body-you-have/ - 29-Mar-2006 - Hits: 11089 - Rate This | Details
Bulimia Support Yahoo Group List
A list of online support groups for bulimia.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/search?query=bulimia - 13-Jul-2001 - Hits: 8551 - Rate This | Details
Created by Tom Golden, LCSW, this website is devoted to helping people understand and deal with profound grief. Webhealing.com provides free resources for those experiencing loss, including articles and forums, as well as paid services and tools provided by Mr. Golden through his workshops and private practice.
http://webhealing.com/ - 19-Jan-2000 - Hits: 9414 - Rate This | Details
Films Portraying Mental Illness
A site that lists movies and films that portray mental illness on the big screen, categorized by disorder.
http://www.dartmouth.edu/~admsep/resources/cinema.html - 29-Nov-2001 - Hits: 11287 - Rate This | Details
Psych Central Support Community
Psych Central's own support community comprised of tens of thousands of people just like you, offering and sharing support, information, opinions about treatment options, virtual hugs and more in over three dozen forums.
Psych Central's Community is overseen by Dr. John Grohol and a team of trained and experienced moderators and administrators to offer a safe, supportive and secure environment. Online since 1999.
https://psychcentralforums.com/ - 14-Mar-2007 - Hits: 116516 - Rate This | Details
Neurotalk Support Community
Psych Central's sister support community, Neurotalk, is for neurological and serious mental disorders and is comprised of thousands of people just like you, offering and sharing support, information, opinions about treatment options, virtual hugs and more in over two dozen forums.
Psych Central's Neurotalk Community is overseen by Dr. John Grohol and a team of trained and experienced moderators and administrators to offer a safe, supportive and secure environment. Online since 2006.
https://www.neurotalk.org/ - 14-Mar-2007 - Hits: 13401 - Rate This | Details
Hypomanic Episode Symptoms
A description of symptoms related to a hypomanic episode, part of the bipolar disorder in which there is a distinct period of persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood, lasting throughout at least 4 days, that is clearly different from the usual nondepressed mood.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/hypomanic-episode-symptoms/ - 30-May-2000 - Hits: 14571 - Rate This | Details
The International OCD Foundation is a donor-supported nonprofit organization that aims to improve outcomes for individuals with OCD and related disorders by providing resources and support for those affected by OCD, promoting awareness about OCD and related disorders, and increasing access to effective treatment.
https://iocdf.org/ - 5-Feb-2000 - Hits: 11736 - Rate This | Details
OCD Screening Quiz
A brief online screening quiz that helps you determine if you may have obsessive-compulsive disorder.
https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/ocd-quiz/ - 5-Jan-2001 - Hits: 11781 - Rate This | Details
Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
A description of symptoms related to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, either obsessions or compulsions.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/ocd/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-symptoms/ - 1-Jun-2000 - Hits: 12483 - Rate This | Details
Symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
Symptoms related to Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, a personality disorder characterized by a pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/obsessive-compulsive-personality-disorder/ - 4-Jun-2000 - Hits: 7997 - Rate This | Details
A 12-step organization for recovery from emotional difficulties.
http://www.emotionsanonymous.org/ - 2-Nov-2005 - Hits: 11663 - Rate This | Details
An Overview of Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual's sense of self-identity. Originally thought to be at the "borderline" of psychosis, people with BPD suffer from a disorder of emotion regulation.
This article discusses the symptoms, treatments and recent research findings from the NIMH on this disorder.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/an-overview-of-borderline-personality-disorder/ - 10-Nov-2004 - Hits: 7573 - Rate This | Details
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline is an online support group for those who have been professionally diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder aka BPD. BPD is NOT the same as Bipolar Disorder, but often co-exists, so those who are dual diagnosed are welcome too. This list was created to be a safe haven where a borderline can express themselves freely without fear of condemnation or rejection. This list is restricted, which means ONLY those who have been diagnosed with BPD are welcome. Please, no friends, spouses or family. There are other lists for them. This list is also fully moderated, meaning all posts have to be approved by a moderator before they are passed on through. This is to protect everyone's safety and privacy. This group does NOT replace therapy, but rather, to be an addition to anyone's treatment plan. BPD is not a disease, it is believed to be a Biochemical disorder. This support group is a place to be yourself, get full support, as well as to learn about the various aspects of this complex disorder.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/borderline/info - 6-Feb-2000 - Hits: 11635 - Rate This | Details
Borderline Personality Disorder Symptoms
Symptoms related to Borderline Personality Disorder, a disorder characterized by unstable interpersonal relationships.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/borderline-personality-disorder/symptoms/ - 4-Jun-2000 - Hits: 9653 - Rate This | Details
Psychology Continuing Education
Online, self-study continuing education credits, PTSD, Depression, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse.
http://www.siteceu.com - 26-Jul-2002 - Hits: 7734 - Rate This | Details
Essays on Psychology and Life
A growing collection of essays on psychotherapy, parenting, narcissism, depression, and other topics in psychology.
https://voicelessness.com/essays/ - 18-Feb-2000 - Hits: 8612 - Rate This | Details
Everything about psychotherapy, the different types, and what it is (and isn't) is here, punctuated by great stories and thoughtful commentary.
http://www.aboutpsychotherapy.com/ - 23-Feb-2000 - Hits: 9603 - Rate This | Details
Schizophrenia Home Page
Started in 1995, Schizophrenia.com is an internet community dedicated to providing high quality information, support and education to the family members, caregivers and individuals whose lives have been impacted by schizophrenia. This web community was founded in memory of John Chiko, who suffered from schizophrenia.
Offering a wide range of information resources and support groups available for those afflicted with this disorder, including news, helpful information and tips for both those suffering and their loved ones, and a great deal more.
http://www.schizophrenia.com/ - 5-Feb-2000 - Hits: 8384 - Rate This | Details
Famous People who have Schizophrenia
This website lists people who have schizophrenia, has a small, detailed biography about each, and also lists possible care for people suffering with schizophrenia.
http://www.schizophrenia.com/famous.htm - 26-Dec-2005 - Hits: 20064 - Rate This | Details
Fact Sheet about Schizoaffective Disorder
A fact sheet from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) about schizoaffective disorder.
https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions/Schizoaffective-Disorder - 22-Oct-2003 - Hits: 8573 - Rate This | Details
Symptoms of Brief Psychotic Disorder
Brief Psychotic Disorder, also known as brief reactive psychosis, is a mental disorder that is typically diagnosed in a person's late 20s or early 30s.
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/brief-psychotic-disorder-symptoms/ - 31-May-2000 - Hits: 9187 - Rate This | Details
Schizoaffective Disorder Symptoms
Schizoaffective Disorder is characterized by the presence of a generally continuous psychotic illness plus intermittent mood episodes. Mood episodes are present for the majority of the total duration of the illness, which can include either one or both of the following:
Major Depressive Episode (must include depressed mood)
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/schizoaffective-disorder-symptoms/ - 2-Jun-2000 - Hits: 10612 - Rate This | Details
Psychotic Disorder: Not Otherwise Specified (NOS)
A description of symptoms related to Psychotic Disorder, includes psychotic symptomatology (i.e., delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, grossly disorganized or catatonic behavior).
https://psychcentral.com/disorders/psychotic-disorder-not-otherwise-specified-nos/ - 2-Jun-2000 - Hits: 7871 - Rate This | Details
Making Conversation: A Skill, Not an Art
The ability to converse well with others is not some elusive thing, obtainable only by a chosen few. With a little elbow grease, even shy people can learn to feel comfortable speaking with anyone, about anything. Learn to hone your conversation skills in social situations.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/making-conversation-a-skill-not-an-art/ - 3-Jan-2002 - Hits: 11548 - Rate This | Details
How does a person build their self-esteem if they have low self-esteem? Everyone wants to feel better about themselves more than they ever would want to feel lousy about themselves. In this article, Dr. Ponton explains ways to help increase your self-esteem for the better.
https://psychcentral.com/lib/building-self-esteem/ - 3-Apr-2006 - Hits: 11426 - Rate This | Details