The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance web site provides timely information on depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and explains how doctors screen for these conditions. This web site provides information for the newly diagnosed, as well as recovery steps, and ways to help a loved one with depression and bipolar disorder.
The primary symptoms of bipolar disorder are periods of elevated or irritable mood accompanied by dramatic increases in energy, activity, and thinking. The illness has two (bi) strongly contrasting phases (polar): 1) bipolar mania or hypo-mania and 2) depression.
1) Bipolar mania or hypo-mania symptoms include:
Euphoria or irritability
Increased energy and activity
Excessive talk; racing thoughts
Unusual energy; less need for sleep
The Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF) is a parent-led, not-for-profit, Web-based membership organization that seeks to improve the lives of families raising children and teens with bipolar disorder and related conditions. CABF's web site provides information and statistics about bipolar disorder in children, and offers a links to doctors with expertise in treating bipolar disorder.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness or NAMI works to support and educate the public about various mental disorders, with the goal of improving the quality of life for all people diagnosed with mental illness. NAMI’s web site provides the latest facts, statistics, and research advances on different types of mental health conditions.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a leading nonprofit group dedicated to helping children, teens, and families affected by mental, behavioral, or developmental problems. On the web site, the AACAP provides resources for parents, including a link to find a nearby psychiatrist for children and adolescents.
The American Psychiatric Association is an organization of psychiatrists who unite to guarantee compassionate care and effective treatment for all people with behavioral and mental disorders, substance abuse problems, and mental retardation. Links from this web site will provide you more information about common mental health problems, medication options, and prevention steps.
The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest association of psychologists in the world. The APA’s site is filled with the latest information on topics ranging from addiction, ADHD, aging, and Alzheimer’s to bullying, eating disorders, sexual abuse, and suicide.
The American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP)
ASCP is an organization of psychiatrists and other physicians as well as doctoral-level mental health researchers who study psychopharmacology across the country. Their web site maintains a link for finding a psychopharmacologist as well as other helpful patient information about psychopharmacology.