Resources

Please note: The resources listed below are for informational purposes, and their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement by MoodNetwork. MoodNetwork does not recommend using these resources as a substitute for proper diagnosis and treatment. Please contact a qualified health care provider if you have any questions about your diagnosis and/or treatment.

Organizations

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

Main: (240) 485-1001 | Information: (240) 485-1030 | information@adaa.org
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) is an organization dedicated to improving the lives of those who suffer from anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and related disorders.

Bipolar Caregivers

bipolarcaregivers.org is a useful, easily accessible information website for caregivers of people with bipolar disorder. The information on bipolarcaregivers.org is based on guidelines for adult caregivers (18 years or over) developed by combining the latest bipolar research with the opinions and consensus of 143 expert caregivers, people with bipolar disorder and clinicians from different countries around the world.

Child Network

The Child Network is an online tool and research study that allows parents to track their child’s mood and behavior through weekly assessments on a secure web site under a protocol approved by the John’s Hopkins IRB. The tool is specifically intended for parents of children who have mood or behavioral problems (or who are at-risk for problems because the parent has depression or bipolar disorder). The weekly assessment of symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, oppositionality, and mania takes only a few minutes and the results can be printed out to visualize symptom trajectory and response to treatment. This may be very helpful to parents and clinicians in following symptom evolution and improvement, and will provide much needed information on childhood mood disorders.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Main: (312) 642–0049 | Toll-free: (800) 826-3632 | webmaster@dbsalliance.org
This is the national website of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), an organization that strives to help its members live healthy, dignified lives. The alliance serves a community of people with medically diagnosed bipolar or depressive illness, their families, and friends.

DBSA’s Facing Us Clubhouse

Main: (312) 642–0049 | Toll-free: (800) 826-3632 | webmaster@dbsalliance.org
Sponsored by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), this online program includes several useful tools, including a Wellness Tracker that lets you chart key mental and physical health trends related to your overall mood, mood disorder symptoms, lifestyle choices, and physical health. The website also lets you create a journal, write lists of tips for yourself, and read tips that others have posted.

DBSA Online Support Groups

Main: (312) 642–0049 | Toll-free: (800) 826-3632 | webmaster@dbsalliance.org
This section of the DBSA website lets you search for local and online support groups. It also includes a “Peer Inspiration” page that features stories, videos, and other creative expression by people with mood disorders.

Disability Care Center

Toll-free: (888) 504-0035 | contact@disabilitycarecenter.org
The Disability Care Center is a national advocacy organization helping Americans who are suffering from disabling conditions become approved for Social Security Disability benefits. They offer information and resources on disability benefits such as how to apply for disability, how to qualify with bipolar disorder, and local Massachusetts Social Security resources.

International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF)

Main: (858) 764-2496
International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF; formerly California Bipolar Foundation) was founded in 2007 in San Diego, California, by four parents with children affected by bipolar disorder. IBPF’s mission is to improve the understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research, to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers, and to erase stigma through education.

Man Therapy

Man Therapy™ uses a humorous approach designed to show working age men that talking about their problems and getting help is not a sign of weakness. Man Therapy provides men, and the people who care about them, information and resources. Visitors to mantherapy.org will learn more about men’s mental health, how to recognize signs and physical manifestations of stress, examine their own wellness, and connect with resources.

MoodSwings

MoodSwings is an online self-help tool for people with bipolar disorder. Material used in this website is based on an effective face-to-face group program. This website is a collaborative project between the University of Melbourne and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, with support from the National Institutes of Health.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Main: (703) 524-7600
Toll-free information helpline: (800) 950-NAMI (6264)
Toll-free member services: (888) 999-NAMI (6264)
Helpline manager: martha@nami.org
The National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the country. Their website provides information about mental illnesses, treatment options, support groups and programs, and the alliance’s advocacy efforts. You can also link to your local NAMI chapter.

Now Matters Now

Using direct, easy-to-follow videos, Now Matters Now offers tools for coping with suicidal thoughts as well as strategies to help people build more manageable and meaningful lives. Developed by Marsha Linehan, Ph.D., creator of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), the website focuses on DBT techniques like mindfulness and paced breathing.

Project Implicit

A non-profit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition, or thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control.

Screening for Mental Health

Main: (781) 239-0071 | smhinfo@mentalhealthscreening.org
A non-profit organization dedicated to improving people’s mental health, Screening for Mental Health screens people for mental illness and suicidality, and works to educate and raise awareness about mental illness. Screening for Mental Health provides online screening tools and helps people find confidential screening locations in their area.

This Is My Brave

Email: Jennifer@thisismybrave.org
This Is My Brave’s mission is to end the stigma surrounding mental illness by sharing personal stories of individuals overcoming mental illness through poetry, essay and original music, live on stage, through stories submitted and published to their blog, and via their YouTube channel.

WeSearchTogether

Toll-free: (866) 487-0510 | info@WeSearchTogether.org
This clearinghouse for depression and bipolar research is a partnership between the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) and the University of Michigan Depression Center.

Print and online resources

Books

Louisa G. Sylvia, Ph.D. and Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D., The Wellness Workbook for Bipolar Disorder (Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2015).

David D. Burns, M.D., The Feeling Good Handbook, revised ed. (New York: Plume, 1999).

Thilo Deckersbach, Ph.D., Britta Hölzel, Ph.D, Lori Eisner, Ph.D., Sara W. Lazar, and Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D., Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Bipolar Disorder (New York: Guilford Press, 2014).

S. Nassir Ghaemi, M.D., Mood Disorders: A Practical Guide, 2nd edition (Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2008).

Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness (New York: Vintage, 1997).

William J. Knaus, Ed.D., and Albert Ellis, Ph.D., The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-by-Step Program, 2nd edition (Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2012).

Stephanie McMurrich Roberts, Ph.D., Louisa Grandin Sylvia, Ph.D., and Noreen A. Reilly-Harrington, Ph.D., The Bipolar II Disorder Workbook (Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, 2013).

David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D., The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide: What You and Your Family Need to Know, 2nd edition (New York: Guilford Press, 2010).

Susan J. Noonan, M.D., M.P.H., Managing Your Depression: What You Can Do to Feel Better (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).

Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, (New York: Scribners, 2001).

William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness (New York: Random House, 1990).

Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself From Chronic Unhappiness (New York: Guilford Press, 2007).

Websites

McMan’s Depression and Bipolar Web

This is a great website on depression and bipolar disorder run by John McManamy, a writer with bipolar illness who is the author of Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You . . . That You Need to Know.

PsychEducation

This educational website is run by Jim Phelps, M.D., an active clinician with expertise in bipolar disorder and the author of Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder.