There’s a wealth of information about depression on the Internet. Here, WebMD doctors have selected the finest professional organizations that can help people gain a better understanding of living with depression and other mental health conditions.
Seeking help for depression -- and following through with antidepressant medication -- is a courageous and important first step on the road to recovery. But too often, those who take that step find themselves faced with another troubling problem: weight gain.
Experts say that for up to 25% of people, most antidepressant medications -- including the popular SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) drugs like Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft -- can cause a weight gain of 10 pounds or more.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a leading nonprofit group dedicated to helping kids, 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 Adolescent Psychiatry focuses on issues that happen during adolescence, such as mental illness, criminal behavior, and sexual abuse. On the web site, you can access book reviews pertaining to adolescent psychiatry, articles written by professional ASAP members, and the Annals of Adolescent Psychiatry journal.
The American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) is a national organization of psychiatrists and other physicians dedicated to knowledge and expertise in psychopharmacology. The web site includes a link for finding a local expert psychopharmacologist across cities in the United States.
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, which awards National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) grants, supports research on depression and other mental health problems. The Foundations web site has a wealth of information on depression, anxiety, OCD, and schizophrenia, with the latest research, feature articles, and information for the newly diagnosed.
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 also provides information for the newly diagnosed as well as information about recovery steps and ways to help a loved one with depression or with bipolar disorder.
Mental Health America is a leading nonprofit group that supports good mental health for all people. On the web site, you can access information on mental health topics, depending on ethnic group, career or military, and age group.