Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder affect nearly 21 million people in the U.S. in a given year. The size of that statistic shows not only that there are many Americans who can benefit from professional care, but also that you are not alone.
All too often, people with mood disorders are hesitant to discuss their symptoms and seek treatment. Information and support groups provided by clinics, hospitals, academic institutions and advocacy organizations are there for you. Here are links to some online resources selected by our staff or recommended by our contributors.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: A network of more than 100 crisis centers across the country. If you are in crisis, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: The AFSP provides information for both medical professionals and the general public on issues related to suicide causation, prevention, and treatment. The organization also funds research into these areas.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: The DBSA is a national organization that provides information on depression and bipolar disorder. The Alliance also has a network of support groups across the country.
National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI is a grassroots organization that seeks to help both the people who have mind and mood conditions and their families. The site features many patient- and family-oriented resources including connections to local support groups.
National Institute of Mental Health: The NIMH oversees research on mind and mood conditions in various areas including genetics, diagnostics, and treatment strategies. The NIMH also contains a wealth of information about these conditions and links to others resources including locations/descriptions of ongoing clinical trials.
Anxiety Disorders Association of America: The Anxiety Disorders Association of America is a national nonprofit organization that promotes public and professional awareness of anxiety disorders through research and education. The organization helps to connect patients with appropriate healthcare professionals as well as with other patients through a national network of support groups.
Mental Health America: Mental Health America is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting mental health through research and education with a strong focus on advocacy and public policy.
Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation: The Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation is an international nonprofit organization focused on providing assistance and resources to people with OCD and related disorders as well supporting research in the cause and treatment of the disorder.