AACAP American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists: Families and Youth
ADAA Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides education, training, and research for anxiety, OCD, PTSD, depression, and related disorders
ADDitude Magazine offers many excellent, practical tips for managing ADD/ADHD for both children and adults
APA American Psychiatric Association: Healthy Minds Healthy Lives
APA American Psychological Association: Psychology Help Center
AnxietyCanada for understanding anxiety, with tools to help (video, audio, worksheets, smartphone app)
ASPEN Asperger Autism Syndrome Education Network in New Jersey
Autism Society Improving the lives of all affected by Autism
Caregiver Action Network for those who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age
CDC Child Development and Positive Parenting for children at every age and stage of growth
CHADD Adults with ADHD
CHADD Parents and Caregivers of Children with ADHD
DBSA Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of New Jersey provides education, support, outreach and advocacy for people living with mood disorders
IOCDF International OCD Foundation offers help for adults and children
NASW National Association of Social Workers: Health & Wellness, Kids & Families, Mind & Spirit, Seniors & Aging
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if you (or a friend or family member) is struggling with suicidal thoughts
NEDA National Eating Disorders Association for individuals and families affected by eating disorders
NCADV National Council Against Domestic Violence: information and help
NCLD National Center for Learning Disabilities for both children and adults with learning disabilities
NIDA National Institute on Drug Abuse: the science of drug abuse and addiction
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health Schizophrenia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment
NINDS National Institute of Health Brain Basics: Understanding Sleep
NJ Department of Education information about Special Education and Implementation of IDEA
SPAN Statewide Parent Advocacy Network: resource for NJ parents of children with special needs
WorryWiseKids information and guidance for helping children with anxiety disorders
There is an overwhelming amount of information (and misinformation) available online regarding mental health issues. As a general rule, information provided by educational institutions (.edu), professional organizations (.org) and government agencies (.gov) is backed up with credible research and therefore generally considered reliable. In addition there are specific media outlets which are highly regarded when covering health news.
Stress under and coming out of Covid time? Practice acceptance of yourself and others, move around again with other and remember what Richard Carlson wrote in his still-terrific book Don't Sweat the Small Stuff: “.... when we’re blowing things out of proportion, we are the ones doing the blowing."
A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and fish has repeatedly been found to improve mental healthfruits, vegetables,
whole grains, nuts, and fish—and low in processed foods (known as the Mediterranean diet) has been repeatedly suggested to have a positive effect on physical health, mental health, and quality of life (QoL). Now, a new randomized controlled trial has demonstrated that effect yet again for people with depression. The researchers found that depression scores and quality of life were both improved in a group with this diet when compared to a group receiving only social supports.
According to the researchers, “Higher Mediterranean diet scores were significantly associated with lower depression, anxiety, negative affect and better coping and overall QoL.”
These findings are consistent with another study published this year, which found that the Mediterranean diet resulted in remission of depressive symptoms in about 33% of participants—compared to only 8% of the control group. Another study this year suggested that nutritional deficiencies could be related to psychotic experiences as well.
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"We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us."- Joseph Campbell