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Depression: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with a loved one about getting help for depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
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Frequently Asked Questions About Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

What should a mom do if she thinks she has perinatal depression or anxiety? How is this different than the “baby blues?” Find out the answers to these, and other, questions about a mother's mental health throughout pregnancy and during the baby's first year.

Review Date: February 09, 2011

Postpartum Support International

Chronic Skin Picking: Frequently Asked Questions

Find out the causes, symptoms and treatment for chronic skin picking, one of many Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs) in which individuals can cause harm or damage to themselves or their appearance.

Review Date: April 22, 2011

Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Information HelpLine: Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions related to mental illness, including information about treatments and supports.

Review Date: June 07, 2012

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Choosing a Psychiatrist

This document answers questions about mental illness and psychiatrists, medical physicians who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses, substance abuse and addiction.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

American Psychiatric Association

Depression and African Americans

Depression has often been misdiagnosed in the African American community. Learn about clinical depression and related causes, myths, symptoms, and treatment options.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Mental Health America

Depression: NIMH Health Information

Depression is a serious medical illness. It’s feeling "down" and "low" and "hopeless" for weeks at a time. A short video and resources are offered to help you learn about signs, symptoms and current research on depression.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

Experts Interviews (Videos) - American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Find videos on a variety of mental health topics, including: anxiety disorders and medication, divorce and children, autism, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, tics and Tourette's Disorder, substance abuse, and more.

Review Date: April 18, 2014

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Find a Trauma and Dissociation Therapist

Locate therapists who understand and counsel those affected by trauma and dissociation disorders.

Review Date: September 07, 2011

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

Find Your State & Local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

National Alliance on Mental Illness has a state organization in all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia that provides support, education, information and referral and advocacy. Find your state and local NAMI.

Review Date: October 13, 2011

National Alliance on Mental Illness

How to Get Help for Anxiety Disorders

If you have had feelings of fearfulness and uncertainty for over six months, you may have an anxiety disorder. See your doctor. Effective therapies help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive, fulfilling lives.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

NIH National Institute of Mental Health -NIMH

How You Can Help: Understanding and Helping the Suicidal Individual- (PDF)

This document provides information on warning signs of impending suicide, and lists ways to be helpful to someone who is suicidal.Toll-free numbers to suicide prevention hotlines are listed as well.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

American Association of Suicidology

Mental Health Topics (multimedia)

This multimedia site features brief information on a variety of mental health topics including, anxiety, autism, depression, panic disorder, and more. Listen to taped presentations in the English, Russian, Spanish and Somali languages.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Healthy Roads Media

Mental Illness and the Family: Finding the Right Mental Health Care For You

If you or someone you know may benefit from a counselor or mental health center, here are some questions and guidelines to help you find the right care. Information covers where to go for help, types of mental health professionals, treatments, therapy costs, and more.

Review Date: October 28, 2012

Mental Health America

Persons with Mental Illness Who Are Homeless or Missing: A Guide for Families

If you have a missing loved one with serious mental illness, here are some suggestions that may be helpful.

Review Date: October 13, 2011

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Screening for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

If you suspect that you might suffer from generalized anxiety disorder, also known as GAD, answer the questions, print out the results and share them with your health care professional.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Screening for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

If you suspect that you might suffer from obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, answer the questions, print out the results and share them with your health care professional.

Review Date: March 04, 2011

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Screening for Panic Disorder

If you experience an abrupt onset of intense fear or anxiety, you might be experiencing panic attacks. Answer these questions, print out the results and share them with your health care professional or a psychotherapist.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Trichotillomania: Find a Support Group

Support groups are listed, by state, for those who are coping with chronic hair pulling, skin picking, nail biting, and other body-focused repetitive behaviors.

Review Date: April 22, 2011

Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc.

Trichotillomania: Find a Treatment Provider

Find a listing of treatment providers by state who provide services related to trichotillomania (hair pulling), skin picking and other body-focused, compulsive behaviors.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Trichotillomania Learning Center, Inc.

Videos: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Veterans

These educational videos for veterans and the general public can be viewed online. The topics include recovery, treatment, assessment and more. Also included is a video series that is specific to issues for ethnic minority veterans.

Review Date: February 05, 2013

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Learn to recognize the early warning signs of mental illnesses. Being informed about developing symptoms, or early warning signs, can lead to intervention that can help reduce the severity of an illness.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

American Psychiatric Association