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Top 6 Sites for Coping with Anxiety and Depression

February 25, 2009
by findingDulcinea Staff
Depression and anxiety disorders afflict millions of people in the U.S. So, if you or someone you care about is feeling depressed or anxious, you’re not alone. These six sites can provide you with a bit more information about your problem and guide you toward getting the help you need.

What Is Depression and What Should I Know About Anxiety Disorders?

facebook provides a good overview of depression, describing symptoms, offering advice and laying out various types of treatment. The article reassures the reader that depression is “not a sign of weakness,” and explains that it’s impossible for someone suffering from depression to just “pull … [herself] together.” Under “What is Depression?” you’ll also find a link to an article on bipolar affective disorder (aka bipolar depression or manic depression).

The American Academy of Family Physicians lists the symptoms of a panic attack, defines the various types of anxiety disorders and suggests ways of handling anxiety. A sidebar at the right offers “Steps to Deep Breathing.” Scroll to the end of the article to find links to more specific information about anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

How Do I Know If I Have a Problem?

AllPsych Online, a site sponsored by the Heffner Media Group, offers a depression screening test. The 15 yes-or-no questions asks you about your thoughts, emotions and behaviors, including appetite, feelings of failure, low energy levels and ability to concentrate.

Similarly, PsychCentral’s Anxiety Screening Quiz asks you to rate the frequency of several symptoms, such as pounding heart, constant or persistent worry, and feelings of choking. The quiz is based on information from the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” from the American Psychiatric Association.

Neither of these tests is intended to serve as a diagnostic; if you feel that your problem is serious or you’re thinking about suicide, seek medical attention immediately.

Getting Help

The International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred), offers toll-free U.S. numbers to call “if you or someone you know is contemplating suicide.” The site also offers basic facts about depression, how it affects the workplace and various demographics in society, and potential treatment options to pursue.

If you’re struggling with depression or anxiety, you shouldn’t do so alone; a professional may be able to help you deal with your systems. The American Psychological Association has a psychologist locator service that’s searchable by zip code, city and state/province in the U.S. and Canada. The site also offers a phone referral service.

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