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.
Could a kitten's purr or a dog's wagging tail help with your depression? It might.
"Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression," says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.
Studies show that animals can reduce tension and improve mood. Along with treatment, pets can help some people with mild to moderate depression feel better. If you're depressed, here's a rundown of how pets could help.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is a professional medical organization for child and adolescent psychiatrists. Part of the Academy's mission is to provide advocacy for the mental health needs of children, adolescents and their families. The AACAP website includes information and resources for patients and their 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, researchers, and nurse practitioners who are 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.