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you like reading about teens struggling with self-destructive
impulses, try this link for suggested books you can find at
the Richmond Heights Library.
ON MENTAL & PHYSICAL DISORDER
If you like reading about teens with serious mental illness,
try this link for suggested books you can find at the Richmond
searchable page provides self-help advice for people suffering
from anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, phobias, social
anxiety, or obsessive compulsive disorder. Much of
the advice is behavioral, although drugs commonly used to
treat anxiety disorders are also discussed.
panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive
disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are a few of the
conditions covered in this site by a national organization.
Information is provided on symptoms, treatment, and local support
groups (searchable by state). You can also search for
a therapist in your area specializing in anxiety disorders.
A nice extra is an annotated list of self-help books, which
can be found at or requested from (probably at no charge) your
web site deals with social anxiety disorder, listing symptoms
and discussing them extensively. The site also discusses
treatment options and medications that may ease the symptoms.
information on the causes, symptoms, testing and treatment options
for a common mental disorder. Although not geared specifically
to teens, the site is clearly written and easy to navigate.
A nice extra is the "Post-a-note" feature, which allows you to
post your own questions to experts in the field of Obsessive-Compulsive
shy kids and people who love shy kids, this web site is dedicated
to helping people develop skills to identify shyness and other
social anxieties, and to put together ways to be more comfortable
in social settings.
phobia is one of the least-known and poorly treated mental health
disorders, yet nearly 8% of the population suffers from some degree
of it. If you feel that people are always looking at you,
and that somehow everything you do is noticed, then you have one
of the primary symptoms of this disorder, and should probably
a complete description of a wide-range of social anxiety symptoms.
You'll find a forum that helps sufferers find treatment options,
a moderated mailing list, and personal messages from people
who have overcome social phobias.
bare-bones site by the U.S. Department of Health consists
of questions & answers about depression that target
teens. Though there aren't any graphics or fancy
features, check here for quick information on causes,
symptoms, and treatment of depression.
site forcusing on bipolar disorders (such
as manic depression) that includes a wealth
of information on diagnosing the disorder,
treatment options, support groups for friends
and family as well as for sufferers, and
more. One nice extra lists books (both
factual and humorous) and videos on bipolar
disorders. Lots of info. is included
as well on how sufferers can learn to manage
their own mood swings.
to the eradication of eating disorders, this site
describes the characteristics of eating disorders
in detail. Info. includes links to other web
sites, a referral service, and the "thin commandments."
This site from the National Institute of Mental
Health provides information on the causes, treatment,
and complications of anorexia nervosa and bulemia.
It also includes a list of addresses and phone numbers
of organizations that can provide more information
Founded in 2000 by a group of AA members, this
Eating Disorders Anonymous site is devoted to encouraging
its members in recovery from eating disorders.
There is a heavily used message board, a listing
of locations where EDA meetings are held, an online
meeting time, and plenty of suggestions and guidelines
for starting your own EDA group.
A very thorough web site dealing with eating
disorders, this site includes a virtual "survivor's
wall," plus a listing of treatment centers and organizations
throughout the world. There are complete descriptions
of eating disorders, tips for finding an appropriate
therapist, for approaching someone with an eating
disorder, for determining whether or not YOU have
an eating disorder, and for letting someone know
about your problem.
Eating Disorders Association
Sponsored by the largerst organization in the
world devoted to eating disorders, this website
provides tips on preventing and overcoming various
eating disorders, plus information on the health
consequences of allowing anorexia or bulemia to
continue unchecked. You'll also find statistical
info., an indictment of the media's distorted images
of women, and referrals to doctors, nutritionists,
and counselors in your area.
Eating Disorder Information Centre
This Canadian-based organization offers information
and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.
The organization sponsors an Eating Disorders Awareness
Week, publishes a newsletter to which you can subscribe,
and offers links to further information and resources.
Online: Dying to Be Thin
Here is a full-length feature film on all aspects
of eating disorders. Part of a PBS project,
the film is narrated by Susan Sarandon and depicts
actual eating disorders patients, their treatment,
and their recovery. It deals graphically with
the physical consequences of eating disorders.
It also touches on famous and not so famous people
who did not recover, but died from the illness.
Fishy Site on Eating Disorders
Created by a recovering anorexic, this webpage
provides info. on the causes, symptoms, and dangers
associated with anorexia, bulemia, and overeating,
as well as treatment options, advice for family
members and friends of those suffering from eating
disorders, and the role exercise can play in these
disorders. The site also includes its own
chat room, a recommended reading list, coping strategies
for continued recovery, and even an interactive
map that links to local eating disorder specialists.
The chilling (and disconcertingly large) "In Loving
Memory" section allows site visitors to light virtual
candles in memory of friends who have died from
Mental Health Sites:
by your dreams? Here's a web site that might
help you understand your dreams...and yourself,
better. You can read up on all the latest
scientific evidence about dreams, learn the language
of dreams, and even submit a dream for analysis
by email. Be aware though, that if you sign
up for a personal consultation, there is a charge.
you scroll past the somewhat annoying promise
that learning about the above will be both easy-to-read
and fun, you will find a wealth of useful
information on this site. The section on
stress in particular covers some of the surprisingly
common causes of stress, coping methods such as
sugar, caffeine, or other drugs that work for
awhile and then make the problem worse, and step-by-step
instructions on reducing your stress levels permanently.
unsual site seeks to "bring to your Internet experience
a few moments of peace, composure, and mental
expansion." It includes a "Thought
of the Day" and a "Meditation of the Week," as
well as prayers and poems from a great variety
of religious traditions.
you so angry you could spit nails, and you just
don't know what to do? Check in here for
some sound advide on anger and other emotions
kids deal with. In addition, there's advice
on other issues at home, school, with friends...and
even dealing with bullies.
comprehensive, searchable site providing info.
on a variety of mental health issues including
abuse, anxiety, depression, eating disorders,
and medications, among others. You'll also
find free online self-help books, chat rooms and
public forums, book reviews, a yellow-page-style
listing of therapists, and much, much more.
An extensive index to external webpages and newsgroups
is also included.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
If you or someone you know is being abused, The
National Domestic Violence Hotline provides information
about 5000 local and nationwide shelters and service
providers available to help. At this site you
can get help for yourself, find out how to help
a friend who is being abused, or even volunteer
to help others who have been abused. Reports can
be made confidentially through this site or through
the phone numbers provided.
Tests on the Web
An interactive site offering a variety of
online personality tests that you can take, ranging
from the serious to the quirky. You'll find
tests evaluating your health, love life, personality
"type," stress level, and more, along
with interpretations of your results. You'll
also find IQ tests on the site and recommended
the question "What led a 15 year old Oregon
boy to kill his parents and two classmates, and
... injure 25 others?" this PBS Frontline report
provides downloadable video interviews with Kip's
friends and family, excerpts from his journal, statements
from his victims, and a description of his trial
and the sentence he received. Violent video
games, access to guns, and the killer's circumstances
and personality are all discussed as potential sources
of blame, though no easy conclusions are drawn. An
online discussion board and links to other webpages
focusing on school shootings round out the site.
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