Links to Other Resources
General Health Information
This is a very useful general reference that talks about common medical
symptoms and helps you to gather information that your doctor may want
General Mental Health Information
: home of the oldest and largest online mental health guide and community.
: a grassroots, self-help support and advocacy organization of families
and friends of people with serious mental illness, and those persons
: direct link to our local Beaufort County NAMI chapter
: This organization has a helpful list of organizations involved in
providing support to those with mental health conditions, as well as
for family members.
: a medical society, recognized world-wide, whose 40,500 U.S. and
international physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of
mental and emotional illnesses and substance use disorders.
: the National Library of Medicine's search service that provides
access to over 11 million citations in MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, and other
related databases, with links to participating online journals.
This website has the most comprehensive and up to date guides for
patients and families with a variety of psychiatric conditions,
including depression, bipolar disorder, various anxiety disorders,
PTSD, etcetera. Some of them are even in Spanish.
Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Other Mood Disorders
: DBSA was formerly the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive
Association (National DMDA.) DBSA publishes more than two dozen
educational materials about living with mood disorders, all available
free of charge.
website is a wealth of information on bipolar disorder, especially the
"softer" bipolar spectrum of cyclothymia and bipolar type 2. It
includes absolutely free the entire text of his great book: "Why Am I
: the Internet's central clearinghouse for information on all types of
depressive disorders and on the most effective treatments for
individuals suffering from Major Depression, Manic-Depression (Bipolar
Disorder), Cyclothymia, Dysthymia and other mood disorders.
More than 250 articles on all aspects of depression and bipolar, plus news, FAQs, books, forums, and newsletter.
Use of Medscape is FREE, requiring a simple one-time member
registration. You can register, by filling out the online form and
clicking the "Submit" button.
features suggested reading as well as bipolar criteria, self-care information, a chat room, personal stories and support.
This is a very useful and interesting
site that talks about the use of mindfulness techniques (see below) to
help people with anxiety disorders. Lots of information and links.
Amy Saltzman has created a website
that is a wonderful resource for those interested in exploring
mindfulness meditation. I particularly value the work that she has done
bringing the concepts for mindfulness to children. She has a great CD
which I often recommend which has short meditation exercises that you
can listen to with your children... or by yourself... they are that
Self Help Resources
Dieting and Fitness
This site by the American Heart Association provides all the resources
you need to keep physically fit. Tools available include an 'Exercise
Diary,' 'Fitness Resources,' and 'My Fitness' that helps you learn what
fitness type best describes your lifestyle and how to get the greatest
benefit from physical activity in your life.
The most extensive site we reviewed, eDiets, is flexible enough to fit
just about anybody's needs. You'll find an avalanche of articles,
questions and answers, and success stories. Members start by picking
one of 16 diet plans, (we recommend the excellent eDiets plan) and an
exercise regimen. You get weekly meal plans, recipes with shopping
lists, and caloric breakdowns. eDiets also makes it easy to synchronize
a partner with your diet plan. The exercise program has animations that
show how to do exercises correctly. The community area is equally wide
ranging. On top of chat rooms, scheduled online group meetings, and
forums, there's a buddy program called "circle of winners" that lets
experienced members volunteer as mentors for newbies or for anyone who
needs encouragement. Experts in a number of fields are available to
answer members questions. Pricing is a bit complicated. One common
scenario is to pay 5 dollars per week for a diet plan and then purchase
fitness and recipe options, each costing an additional dollar a week.
Although you can find a lot of information about yoga on the web, the
yoga learning center is the first online yoga studio. This site adds a
spiritual element to physical health that's refreshing to those who
don't care about washboard abs and counting carbs. The YLC has video
and audio practices suited to people of all skill and fitness levels.
A library of streaming audio and video content comes courtesy of yoga
instructors. You can search by teacher, experience level, media type
(audio, audio meditation, or video) and benefit, such as weight loss,
back pain relief, or stress reduction. Sessions can be up to an hour
long. The site also offers a handful of informative articles and a
fledgling forum section. For $17.95 a month you have unlimited access
to the site and all its contents. You won't find dietary advice or log
calendars, but compared to the cost of attending regular yoga classes
or amassing a yoga DVD collection, the YLC's approach is very
Weight watchers online serves up simplicity and easy to achieve results
in large portions. You can use this site as an accessory to weight
watchers traditional meetings or as a standalone service. You won't be
isolated from peer support....there are chat rooms that effectively provide this.
The foundation of weight watchers is the point system. Every
food has a given number of points, based on calories, fat, and fiber
content. Depending on your age, weight, and height, weight watchers
tells you how many points you should consume in a day. In addition, you
get a number of flex points each week, for when you have to fudge
(sometimes literally). You can also earn activity points with exercise
to supplement your food points. Weight watchers online is easy to
navigate, with practically no commercial clutter. The recipe and
restaurant resources are useful, but there is no option for generating
a weekly shopping list.
This is a very elegant resource that
outlines the basic principles of Aikido. Included are some remarkable
video clips that demonstrate powerful relaxation and breathing
A very useful site for those interested in learning more about meditation techniques.
This site provides a fair amount of
free information on how breathing exercises can reduce anxiety. It also
provides access to an excellent manual available for purchase.
This is an excellent resource for
developing a program of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, which is the
foundation of treatment for many anxiety disorders.
This is another good site for information about relaxation exercises.
This commercial website offers a
surprising amount of useful information on how to control anger, and
also on the high costs of not doing so.
This is a remarkable internet site that deals in a comprehensive and
compassionate way with all of the things that those who are dealing
with loss. Beyond Indigo, is the web's leading source of information on
grief, grieving, death and dying. Beyond Indigo offers detailed and
heartfelt support and well-managed information. It facilitates chat
rooms and discussions on various topics.
This website was highly recommended
by a group of national mental health experts. It is comprehensive,
thoughtfully laid out, and answers legal and psychological questions
that come up in the context of this turbulent and potentially traumatic
OA is modeled on the Alcoholics Anonymous group
. OA is not a diet-and-calories club. It is a worldwide organization --
men and women, young and old -- who are seeking relief and recovery
from addiction to food.
- The AA website with the comprehensive meeting schedule for Beaufort County.
- The Narcotics Anonymous website for South Carolina. Also a very complete meeting schedule
- Women for Sobriety is a peer
support groups for women in substance abuse recovery. It is non-12-step
oriented, but has a very empowering message.
Prescription Medication Savings
This is a site that allows you to compare costs of medications from different internet sources.
This is one of the best of the
prescription drug savings cards, it costs about 45.95$ per year for an
individual or 49.95$ for a family and allows you to go to any one of
52,000 pharmacies and pay prices that are about the same as the lowest
warehouse store price.
This site is a nice source of information about the various programs provided by different manufacturers of medications.