Mental Illnesses and Mental Health Disorders

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Mental Health

In the past half-century, mental health has become a hotbed for scientific research and practice. Myths have been debunked, stigmas diminished, and knowledge continues to pour forth at an astonishing rate. Consider the Internet a mental health fitness center and this guide as your personal trainer. We'll explore a range of subjects including mental illness, finding treatment, support networks, and a whole lot more.

Mental Health Basics for Children, Adults, Veterans, and Seniors

If you have some basic questions about mental health but don't know where to start, the Internet ... read more »

Mental Illnesses and Mental Health Disorders

Scientific knowledge of the causes, composition, and treatments of mental illness has grown in leaps and bounds. If you or a loved one has been touched by a mental illness, take comfort in knowing that there are myriad resources available to you on the Web. Below you'll find overviews of the causes, types, and treatments of several disorders.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • Many illnesses are believed to be biologically based; if you're trying to understand mental illness, consider first learning about how the brain works. One of the chapters in the NIH's teacher's guide to mental illness covers the basics on brain function and anatomy.
  • Anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder are three of the most prevalent mental health conditions affecting Americans. Though you'll be able to find answers to most of your questions in the overview sites below, we have also included resources specifically covering each of these three disorders.

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Treatment Options for Mental Illnesses

A variety of mental illness treatments are available, and the appropriate therapy is based on ... read more »

Locating a Mental Health Counselor or Treatment Facility

The process of finding treatment shouldn't be complicated or stressful. However, because there are ... read more »

Advice and Support for Mental Illnesses

Sometimes the most effective support comes from others who understand exactly what you're going ... read more »

Mental Health Research

\Around the world at hospitals, universities, and institutes, researchers are making profound ... read more »

Alternative and Drug-Free Approaches to Mental Healthcare

A growing body of scientific evidence suggests alternative or complementary health care can ... read more »

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