Resources

General Information About Mental Health and Treatment

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

NIMH provides government funding for research into mental illness. Their website provides information on a wide range of topics, including information about psychiatric disorders, how to find treatment, the institute’s primary initiatives, and how to find a clinical trial for a specific condition.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

NAMI is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to mental health advocacy, education, and research. Their website provides information on the major classes of psychiatric disorders and on psychiatric treatment. NAMI also has information about finding support groups, both as a patient and as a family member of someone who struggles with mental illness. Many individuals have benefited from NAMI’s Family-to-Family Program, which “is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program.”

American Psychological Association (APA)

The American Psychological Association is the nation’s largest professional society for psychologists. Their website hosts a wide range of topics related to psychology, including what psychology is and what psychologists do; books and other publications in psychology; APA’s databases (e.g., books and articles in psychology); news and events related to psychology; and more.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)

ABCT is the national association for therapists and researchers who focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy (or CBT). They provide information on their website about psychological disorders and treatments, self-help books that have earned their “seal of merit,” resources for professionals and students, as well as a database for finding a CBT therapist.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common psychological issues, and ADAA specializes  in information on these conditions. Their website has information about anxiety diagnoses like generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder, depression and bipolar disorder, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder. They also have a Find Help section that includes a therapist directory, information about treatment, a list of support groups, and more.

[Why Does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Work? on Psychology Today blog]