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A Beginner's Guide to Abnormal Psychology
Site provides concise summaries of anxiety, mood, personality, sexual, delusional, substance use, somatoform, and dissociative disorders.
APA Diagnostic Classification DSM-IV
This is the online text of the DSM-IV which is a diagnostic tool used in diagnosing psychological disorders.
Alliance for Medical and Psychosocial Support
"Alliance is resource for free support within the community, online, and through traditional care. With increasing numbers of people unable to access or maintain health care there is an increasing need for community involvement. Many people merely need a volunteer, support group, or mentor. Support is often hard to find, but it is available regardless of income. Whether you are interested in being a volunteer to support someone else, or you are someone in need of help, the Alliance is here for you.".
Behavior Online
Conversations with and discussions about notable psychotherapists.
Bereavement in Adult Life
Article looks at the components of grief, the normal course of grief, and complicated grief.
Bereavement in Childhood
Article looks at separation and loss in childhood, the long term effects of bereavement, the effects of the death of a sibling, and how to help bereaved children.
Civilization and Insanity
This article discusses how people believed that mental illness increased in frequency based on how primitive an ethnic group's brain was and by how civilized they were.
One of several emerging on-line self-help services.
Dr. John Grohol's Mental Health Page
Contains extensive resources for clinical psychologists, clients, and students; cites many special-interest internet psychology newsgroups and mailing lists.
Drugs, Brains, and Behavior
This online book discusses topics that include the behavior and chemistry of the brain, psychopharmacological concepts, fear and anxiety, pain, depression, schizophrenia, arousal, tolerance, drug abuse, and habitual behaviors.
Existential Theory of Carl Rogers
This article discusses Carl Rogers' client centered therapy focusing on its three key points of congruence, unconditional positive regard, and empathic understanding.
Fetal Brain Tissue Grafts as Therapy for Brain Dysfunctions
Article discusses the use of neural grafts to correct brain dysfunctions.
Guide to the Internet for professionals in child mental health
"This paper offers an overall guide to the Internet and more specifically describes what is available to psychologists, psychiatrists and other professionals in child mental health. Ways in which the Internet can be accessed are outlined and comment is made on the place of the Internet in the future of child psychiatry and psychology. A glossary of terms used in this article is provided.".
History of Chlorpromazine
Site briefly describes the discovery of this antipsychotic drug and how it came to be an accepted form of treatment for mental disorders.
International Kraepelin Society
Site provides a biography of Emil Kraepelin and a number of related links.
Internet Mental Health
A magazine/encyclopedia of mental health information.
Mental Health Resources
The About Mental Health Resources page provides access to a variety of resources about health and mental health as well as a very well-designed user interface.
Mental Help Net
Excellent site contains a vast number of mental health resources, from popular articles to specialized resources for professional psychologists.
Site explores the issues associated with the Internet-based delivery of therapy and other psychological services.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders on the Web
Site provides information and resources about nonverbal learning disorders.
Psychometric Assessment
This site provides a brief description of ability, aptitude, and personality testing. It also discusses how tests are constructed.
Remembering Dangerously
This article discusses the possible dangers in recovering repressed memories.
SALMON Study and Learning Materials On-Line for Physiological Psychology
Site provides information about neurotransmission, depression, hormones and stress, sexual behaviour, sex differentiation, ethology, aggression, learned helplessness, drug tolerance, and drug addiction.
Shrink Tank Web Site
Has lots of downloadable software for clinical applications, testing, etc.
Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site
Contains the writings of Stanton Peele on various aspects of addiction.
The Caregiver's Handbook
This handbook discusses caring for elders, provides ideas that caregivers can use to look after themselves, and discusses the emotional and intellectual well-being of the elderly.
The Wounded Healer
Provides resources for partners, allies and surviors of sexual assault.
Transference, Schema, and Assimilation
Article discusses "the relevance of Piaget to the psychodynamic theory of transference."


Alcohol and the Brain
This article takes a brief look at the possible mechanisms by which alcohol effects the brain. It looks at the lipid theory, the protein theory, and the various neurotransmitters which may facilitate the absorption of alcohol.
Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA)
Provides information relevant to minimizing the harm that may result from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
Cocaine Abuse and Addiction
Site provides information about cocaine including what it is, how it works, the short term and long term effects of cocaine use, and the effects of maternal use.
Dual Diagnosis Website
Site is concerned with psychological disorders accompanied by substance abuse disorders.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Site provides publications, databases, and other resources about alcohol abuse and alcoholism.
Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders
This online book provides information about substance abuse disorders in adolescents and about various treatment issues and options.
When Seniors Drink: Alcoholism and the Elderly
Late onset alcoholism is often a problem that goes undiscovered. This article summarizes some of the reasons why late onset occurs and why it may remain a "hidden" disease.
Youth Drinking: Risk Factors and Consequences
Article presents a number of developmental and psychosocial risk factors for youth drinking and substance use as well as some of the possible consequences.


21st Century Process Consultation
An overview of current process consultation is provided in this article.
Adlerian Society of Wales
Presents information about Adler and Adlerian counselling.
American Counseling Association
This is the homepage for the American Counseling Association. It provides resources for students, information about ethics, and much more.
American Counselling Association (ACA) Resources
This site presents the American Counseling Association's code of ethics, provides frequently asked questions about counseling, suggests how to cope with crisis, and more.
An Introduction to Counselling in Canada
Provides a range of information, both general and specific, to counselling in Canada.
Beginning Therapy With Clients: A Primer
A number of suggestions for counselors who are meeting a client for the first interview are provided in this article.
This article describes bibliotherapy, discusses whether it is effective, and summarizes how and by whom it should be used.
Bowen Center for the Study of the Family
The home page for the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family includes descriptions and illustrations of the major tenets of Bowen family systems theory.
Campus Blues
Site provides a collection of articles discussing issues that college students frequently face. Some issues discussed are academic problems, social adjustment problems, loneliness, and abuse.
Career Development for Meaningful Life Work
This article discusses the work-meaning connection, job satisfaction, career happiness, and developments in career development theory.
Community Consultation Tool Kit
This tool kits presents a "how-to" manual for community consultation. It uses the example of the Western Valley Development Authority to show how community consultation can be done successfully.
Counselling Psychology in Focus
Introduction to the field of counseling psychology: explores potential salaries, training requirements, and possibilities for financial support or practical field experience. For home page, see
Group Psychotherapy
An overview of group psychotherapy is provided at this site along with links to other online articles and resources.
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
This is the homepage of the National Board of Certified Counselors. It offers information about their organization and the services they provide.
Research Methods Knowledge Base
This comprehensive web-based textbook discusses sampling, measurement, research design, data analysis, validity, reliability, and ethics, as well has how to develop a research question and write a research paper.
The Therapeutic Relationship
This article discusses the therapeutic relationship between counsellors and their clients. It includes a discussion of the personal aspect of counseling, resistance, regression, and transference.
Women for Sobriety, Inc.
Women for Sobriety was created in response to the finding that male alcoholics were more likely to recover than female alcoholics. Therefore, Women for Sobriety is specifically focused on helping women recover from alcoholism. This site provides information about the organization and a collection of articles discussing women and alcoholism.

Eating Disorders

Anorexia and Bulimia
This article discusses the symptoms, consequences, causes, and treatment for anorexia and bulimia.
Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
Site provides information on all types of eating disorders and treatment resources.
Eating Disorders
Site provides news, articles, stories, and information about eating disorders. Also includes articles concerning how males are affected by eating disorders.
Eating Disorders Shared Awareness
Good advice about various facets of eating disorders and links to other sites; based in Sudbury, Ontario.
Eating Disorders: Facts About Eating Disorders and the Search for Solutions
Site provides an overview of anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and of some treatment strategies.
The Centre for Eating Disorders
Site at the St. Joseph's medical center has information about bulimia, anorexia and binge-eating disorders.

Mood Disorders

All About Depression
Site provides information about depression, its causes, diagnosis, treatment, medication, special topics, and resources.
American Association of Suicidology
Site provides information and resources about suicide.
Assessing and Managing Depression in the Terminally Ill Patient
Article discusses some of the barriers to recognizing depression in terminally ill patients. In order to illustrate the points made, case studies are provided along with examples of how to diagnose and treat depression.
Biological Theories of Manic-Depression
Article discusses the genetic and bio-chemical theories concerning the causes of manic-depression.
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
Provides information about the organization, online brochures and a directory of prevention centres and survivor support groups.
An interview featuring Dr. Edwin H. Cassem and Dr. Joseph T. Coyle provides a discussion describing depression as an illness, the role serotonin plays in the onset of depression, and how common the illness is.
Depression and the Birth and Death of Brain Cells
Article discusses how the death of brain cells, stress, glucocorticoids, the hippocampus and serotonin contribute to the onset of clinical depression.
Depression in the Workplace
This article describes what depression is, how it affects work, how unsatisfactory work conditions cause depression, and what can be done to correct the problem.
Online Depression Screening Test
Online test from New York University's Department of Psychiatry provides a preliminary indicator of clinical depression. It also provides psychological self-help information and advice.
Suicide Awareness
Information, resources, and practical advice about suicide prevention.
Suicide Information and Education Centre
Canada-based centre provides a wide variety of resources in suicide prevention; site has won several awards.

Panic and Anxiety Disorders

This site answers some common questions that people have about Agoraphobia.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Article describes the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
OCD Center of Los Angeles
Site provides a brief description of obsessive compulsive disorders and descriptions of OCD spectrum disorders such as body dysmorphic disorders, hypochondriasis, phobias, social anxiety, and panic disorders. A suggested reading list and links to a number of related sites are also included.

Personality Disorders

Antisocial Personality Disorder
Site provides information about antisocial personality disorder including how to diagnose it and treat the disorder.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Site provides a brief description of borderline personality disorder.
Borderline Personality Disorder Central
Site provides a description of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of people who have Borderline Personality Disorder.
Laura's Story of Borderline Personality Disorder
Laura shares her first hand account of what life is like with borderline personality disorder and how she has been working to overcome it.

Psychological Disorders

Asperger's Syndrome: The Geek Syndrome
Article discusses Asperger's syndrome and why there is an increased incidence in Silicon Valley.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Site provides a description of obsessive compulsive disorder and provides links to online resources.


Etiology of Schizophrenia
Site lets you manipulate the variables of this experiment to test the etiology of schizophrenia.
Eugen Bleuler
Site provides a brief biography of Eugen Bleuler. He was the first to use the term "schizophrenia."
Schizoaffective Disorder
Site provides information about the Schizoaffective Disorder including a description, the treatment, and research about the disorder.
Site provides a vast amount of information regarding schizophrenia. It includes information about the causes of schizophrenia, its symptoms, how it can be treated, resources for coping, and personal accounts of the illness.
Article provides a concise summary of the types, symptoms, and classes of schizophrenia.
Stories of Recovery and Personal Experiences
Site provides a number of personal stories concerning how people recovered from mood disorders and schizophrenia.
The Experience of Schizophrenia
Site provides Ian Chovil's first hand experience of what life is like when you have schizophrenia. Charts, links, and information about schizophrenia can also be found on this website.

Sexual Variants and Dysfunctions

Adolescence, Sexual Orientation, and Identity
This article proposes a set of stages that adolescents might experience as they begin to realize they may me homosexual.

Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders

Munchausen Syndrome
This article describes a case study of a lady who has Munchausen Syndrome and then discusses what the characteristics of Munchausen Syndrome are. Munchausen Syndrome is a factitious disorder where people pretend to have an illness in order to be treated medically.
The Spectrum of Dissociative Disorders
Site provides "an overview of the diagnosis and treatment" of dissociative disorders.

Stress and Adjustment Disorders

Child Trauma Academy
Site provides a number of articles concerning many issues related to child abuse.
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Site provides information about post-traumatic stress disorder and includes relevant literature. Some of the topics that the literature discusses with respect to post-traumatic stress disorder are accident/injury, active military duty, assessment, biology, children, ethnocultural, forensic, health, refugees, relationships, spirituality, treatment, veterans, and women.
Trauma Info Pages
Information about the management of traumatic stress.
Trauma Treatment Manual
Article describes what a person can do to help someone deal with a trauma that they have experienced.


Applied and Interactive Theater Guide
Contains information and links concerning drama therapy.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Includes information about journals, special interest groups, and ABCT membership.
Carl Rogers
Article provides an overview of Rogers' theories such as incongruity, defenses, fully-functioning people, and client-centered therapy.
CounselorLink Home Page
Main purpose is to educate the general public about counselling, psychotherapy, and mediation; has links to other counselling sites.
Electroconvulsive Therapy
Article discusses how effective electroconvulsive therapy is and the risks and adverse effects associated with it.
Talk to Eliza and get a demonstration of artificial intelligence and nondirective psychotherapy.
Gestalt Therapy Theory: An Overview
Site provides information about Gestalt therapy including its philosophical roots, its view of human nature, the basic principles of Gestalt therapy, and the methods of therapy.
Music Therapy: The Power of Music
Examines the power of using popular music in therapy. Also provides links to web-based and print-based resources pertaining to music therapy and related mental health topics.
Personal Counseling in Secondary School Education
Article discusses how to counsel adolescents.
Philosophy of Psychiatry Bibliography
Extensive book list on psychotherapeutic topics is linked to, an online bookstore, to facilitate access to the recommendations.
Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Dr. Richard Corelli provides information regarding several types of psychological disorders.
Psychological Self-Help
Online book describes the nature and practical use of self-help methods to induce changes in behaviour.
Site provides information about many aspects of psychotherapy including what goes on in a psychotherapy session, what the different types of psychotherapy are, a brief description of personality, and when its time to stop going to psychotherapy.
Self Psychology Page
Site provides links, papers, and reprints about contemporary psychoanalysis.
Self-Help Sourcebook Online
Serves as a guide for finding self-help groups for individuals and families affected by a variety of psychological and medical disorders.
The Gestalt Therapy Page
Links to a variety of resources in Gestalt therapy; jointly sponsored by the Gestalt Journal and the International Gestalt Therapy Association.

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