Patients with access to the Internet can tap into a nearly limitless sea of information. Since an individual with a modicum of technological expertise can post on the Web whatever information, assertion of opinion he or she wishes, the Web reader must be prepared to be cautious and skeptical. While truth overwhelms falsehood and error in the long-run, in the short-run the Internet browser must beware. We cannot vouch for the accuracy of all of the information on many sites listed, either at the time of the writing or when this list is read. Still, we believe that the following sites will be found to be useful and, in the main, trustworthy. The sites for patients are organized by mental disorder and categories. The clinician is urged to visit a site before recommending it to a patient.
Sites Providing Broad Access or Information Suited to Clinicians
Mental Health Net
An online encyclopedia concerning the most common mental disorders and the most commonly prescribed psychotropic drugs. The information about treatments reflects the biases of the psychiatric author. The site's Mental Health Magazine contains news from other Internet newspapers and magazines and online booklets from professional organizations and support groups.
Mental Health Net
One of the largest and most comprehensive guides to mental health information and resources online, featuring about 6000 resources on the Internet. Also includes self-help resources, a reading room, discussion groups and a searchable calendar of events related to specific mental disorders.
Mental Health Information Center
Published by CME Inc., the site contains an ask-the-expert forum, a chat room for discussing psychiatric topics, eductional material and an alphabetical directory of World Wide Web links organized by topic. The site's OCD page http://www.mhsource.com/disorders/ocd/html features answers by experts to questions about OCD related problems.
Mental Health Resources at Western Psychiatric Institute, Pittsburgh
The site lists Internet directories, access to U.S. government research sites, online text fo the British Medical Journal, slides prepared by members of the Department of Psychiatry for lectures on selected mental disorders, and information about ongoing research at Western Psychiatric Insitutue and Clinic.
National Library of Medicine Hyperdoc
The federal goverment's National Library of Medicine site provides access to the Library's book catalogue and to Medline and other online databases, allowing bibliographic searches of the owrld's published medical journal articles.
The site contains information about drug uses and side effects, with a focus on news releases regarding new drug therapies. The site has links to various information centers regarding classes of medications and specific drugs.
From the University of Chicago's Department of Psychiatry, the site contains psychopharmacology tips posted by the Interpsych psychopharmacology discussion groups run by Ivan Goldberg, M.D., and access to detailed drug monographs. The site's search engine can search for a specific catagory of drugs or side effect posted on its bulletin board.
This site, which is devoted to mood disorders, is managed by Ivan Goldberg, M.D., and is an excellent source of online psychopharmacology articles, psychopharmacology tips emailed in by clinicians, and links to other psychopharmacology sites.
Sites that can be Recommended to Patients
Mental Health (General)
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Mental Health Association
Alcohol and Substance Abuse
Online AA Resources
Mental health Net
Attention Deficit Disorder
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD)
National Attention-Deficit Disorder Association
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Nonparaphilic Sexual Disorders
Sexual Addicts Anonymous
Sexual Compulsives Anonymous (SCA)
The National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
OCD Center of Los Angeles
Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous (OCA)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) -- OCD
Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
The Trichotillomania Learning Center
National Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.
Tourette in Mentalhealth
Usenet is an international and extremely large, decentralized information utility. It hosts well over 1200 newsgroups, and several thousand pages of new technical articles, news and discussion are added daily. Because of this daily volume, the messages cannot be kept idenfinitely for online access and expire after a time. The information in Usenet groups has not been filtered or verified for accuracy by experts or professionals. It simply represents the opinions of the infividuals who post the information and should not be relied upon as if it were professional medical advice.
Usenet groups can be 'unmoderated' (i.e., anyone can post a message) or 'moderated' (i.e., submissions are automatically directed to a moderator, who edits and then posts the results). Some newsgroups have parallel mailing lists for Internet users with no netnews access; the postings to the e-mail list and vice versa. More than anything else, Usenet is an electronic comminity. A patient can browse through a news group or search it using one of the search engines.
The following newsgroups may be of interest to patients with particular conditions or to their significant others.
Attention Deficit Disorder:
Body Dysmorphic Disorder:
Clutters Anonymous :
Nonparaphilic Sexual Disorders: