Here you will find links to excellent external sites dealing with child and adolescent mental health.
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Find mental health providers nationally.
To find a child or adolescent psychiatrist, try the
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. To find a cognitive behavioral therapist, try
the American Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. If you are looking for treatment for, or more information about, a specific disorder, please see below.
Find more information on specific disorders.Below are links to local and national resources for anxiety disorders, OCD, ADHD, PTSD,
Trichotillomania, and Depression and Bipolar Disorder.
-The Anxiety Disorders Anxiety
Disorders Association of America (ADAA) is an excellent resource,
as is the National
Anxiety Foundation. For anxiety specifically related to social situations,
visit the Social Phobia/Social
- If you live in or near Durham, NC, please see our Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) OCD
study (POTS) page. Otherwise, please visit the Obsessive-Compulsive
Foundation (OCF) site. Another good site is the Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder Resource Center.
If you live in or near Durham, NC, please see our Suicide Attempts - treatment of adolescent suicide attempters study (TASA) This and other studies are part of te National Institute of Mental Health's Suicide Research Consortium. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the American Association of Suicidology are also good resources. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is another extensive site. Additionally, the state of North Carolina has also put together a youth suicide prevention plan available in pdf format.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
(ADHD) - Please visit our partners, the Duke
ADHD Program, also located at Duke Child and Family Study Center.
Nationally, visit the web site of CHADD,
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Visit the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and Dartmouth's National Center for PTSD. Additionally, the
National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center provides information for victims of crime.
Trichotillomania (hair pulling) - Extensive information can be found at the Trichotillomania Learning Center.
Depression and Bipolar Disorder - Two available resources are the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF).
The following are some good general resources about mental health.
The National Institute of Mental Health works to improve mental health through biomedical research on mind, brain, and behavior. This subdivision of the National Institute of Health is responsible for the funding of most of PCAAD's studies.
Mental Health Infosource and Internet Mental Health are both sites committed to keeping up-to-date information about mental health easily accessible.
Expert Consensus Guideline Series web site, you will find pamphlets created with the best information available, found obtaining a consensus of views from top experts in mental health fields. There are many different pamphlets available for download in .pdf format.
Virtually Better, Inc., uses virtual reality to improve mental health in the real world.
Further information about antidepressants:
The Food and Drug Administration is always reviewing and releasing the most up to date information available about psychotropic drugs. This January The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry released a new
Medguide for Parents based on these and other findings. You may view this guide as a .pdf (the file will open in a new window).