||American Academy of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry. Professional medical
organization of child and adolescent psychiatrists.
Offers information on child and adolescent psychiatry,
current research, prevention programs, and managed care,
as well as fact sheets for parents. "Facts for
Families" section particularly helpful.
||American Association for Geriatric
Psychiatry. National association of psychiatrists
with special training in geriatrics dedicated to
promoting the mental health of the elderly.
Advocates for the mental health needs of older
Americans. Web site provides practical advice,
including how to go about locating a psychiatrist who
specializes in geriatric psychaitry. "Consumer
Information: links to sites for the public.
||American Foundation for Suicide
Prevention. Professionals and lay members support
projects that further the dissemination of information
about depression and suicide and work to develop more
treatment programs. Educates through conferences
and literature. Support groups available
||American Psychological Association.
Professional organization for psychologists. Help
center on web site is a valuable tool, as well as
articles on depression.
||Anxiety Disorders Association of
America. Promotes patient advocacy, educating the
public, encouraging research, and tries to eliminate
discrimination associated with anxiety disorders.
Interesting clinical trials are described on their web site.
||Bazelon Center. Nonprofit legal
advocacy organization that seeks to uphold national
policies recognizing the legal rights of people with
mental disabilities. Web site describes legal
ramifications of mental health issues and
||Boston University Center for
Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Provides information for parents and
families about rehabilitation for psychiatrically
disabled persons. Announcements and news about
special events can be e-mailed directly by filling out
the form at the site.
||Center for Disease Control and
Prevention. Government agency responsible for monitoring
the health of America. Search depression on the
web site to see reports.
||Child and Adolescent Bipolar
Foundation. Web site explains the importance of
education and includes helpful hints for bipolar
children and their families.
||Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.
Neuroscientists interested in educating the public and
advancing research on the brain.
||Depression After Delivery.
Support, education, information, and referrals for women
coping with depression associated with the birth of a
||Depression and Bipolar Support
Alliance. Patient-directed organization focusing on the most
prevalent mental illnesses – depression and bipolar
disorder. Fosters an understanding
about the impact and management of these
illnesses by providing up-to-date,
scientifically-based tools and information. Organization works to ensure that
people living with mood disorders are treated equitably.
A "Resources and Links" page has information about how
doctors can get free medications for impoverished
patients from pharmaceutical companies
Note that our support group is affliated
with DBSA as well as the regional NCA organization.
||Patient support group
that meets on Thursday evenings in Washington DC.
Also provides educational opportunities open to the
||The Support Group is for family members
and loved ones of people who have mood disorders (e.g.,
clinical depression, bipolar illness) in the
metropolitan DC area. We meet twice a month at the
Parish Hall of St. Raphael's Church in Rockville,
Independence Now. A nonprofit organization
created by people with disabilities. We provide services
that promote independence and the inclusion of people
with disabilities in their communities. We are a
non-residential center for independent living.
Independence Now promotes the independent living
philosophy and equal access for all people with
||The Maryland Department of Human
Resources provides two interesting programs:
Medical Assistance (help with prescription drug
support and low income health insurance) and
Disability Entitlement Advocay Program (DEAP - help
with Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social
Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)).
||National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. NAMI is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and
advocacy organization of consumers, families, and
friends of people with severe mental illnesses, such as
schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar
disorder, major depressive disorder,
obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic and other severe
anxiety disorders, autism and pervasive developmental
disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and
other severe and persistent mental illnesses that affect
NAMI Montgomery County. The Mission of NAMI-Montgomery
County is to advocate on behalf of, to educate, and to
support persons with serious brain disorders, their
families, and the community.
||NAMI Northern Virginia. NAMI-Northern
Virginia: Family members, consumers and other interested
individuals who want to improve the treatment and care
of seriously mentally ill adults, adolescents and
children in Northern Virginia
||National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and
Depression. Largest donor-supported organization
devoted exclusively to supporting scientific research on
brain disordered. Site includes clear and basic
explanations of the signs and symptoms of both
depression and bipolar disorder.
||National Institutes of Health.
NIH is the steward of medical and
behavioral research for the Nation. Its mission is
science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the
nature and behavior of living systems and the
application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and
reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
||National Institute of Mental Health.
The lead Federal agency for research on mental and
behavioral disorders. Mission is to reduce the burden of
mental illness and behavioral disorders through research
on mind, brain, and behavior.
||National Mental Health Association.
Oldest and largest nonprofit organization concerend with
all mental illnesses. Volunteers work to improve
mental health through advocacy, education, research and
||American Psychiatric Association.
General public resources include fact sheets, videos,
publications, suggested reading list on depression,
bipolar disorder and other conditions. Source for
hotline numbers and phone numbers of other organizations
that might be helpful. Matrials in Spanish.
"Public Information" dropdown menu on their web page.
||Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration. Government organization
dedicated to the prevention, treatment and
rehabilitation of people with substance abuse and;/or
mental health needs. Focus is to educate,
eliminate stigma, improve services, and promote policies
proficiencies include physician and allied health
staffing services, clinical support services, and social
research and evaluation.
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