The Internet gives you access to incredible amounts of information, good and bad, accurate and inaccurate, so you need to be careful about what you read and put to use in your situation. We can attest to the quality of the information and advice provided by the following sites:
^ American Psychiatric Association (www.psych.org/public_info): Provides information about depression and other mental disorders.
^ American Psychological Association (www.apa.org/pubinfo): Provides information about the treatment of depression and other emotional disorders as well as interesting facts about these topics.
^ Anxiety Disorders Association of America (www.adaa.org): Lists self-help groups across the United States. It also displays a variety of anxiety-screening tools for self-assessment as well as an online newsletter and a message board. Because anxiety sometimes accompanies depression, you may want to check this site out even if you think you're only dealing with depression.
^ National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (www.nami.org): A wonderful organization that serves as an advocate for people and families affected by mental disorders. This site provides information about the causes, prevalence, and treatments of mental disorders that affect children and adults.
^ National Institute of Mental Health (www.nimh.nih.gov): Reports on research concerning a wide variety of mental health issues. This Web site supplies an array of educational materials on depression as well as resources for researchers and practitioners in the field.
^ WebMD (www.webmd.com): Provides a vast array of information on both physical and mental health issues, including information about psychological treatments, drug therapy, and prevention.
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