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Bipolar Disorder Learning Centre - Healthline.com

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme mood swings, from mania to depression. It affects about 5.7 million adults in the United States every year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.  Knowing more about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of bipolar disorder can help you understand this complex mental disorder.

DrugAlert.org

DrugAlert.org is a comprehensive database featuring information and news alerts about potentially dangerous drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. The Web site is dedicated to keeping the public informed about drug recalls, side effects, and pending litigation associated with various drugs and their manufacturers.

DrugDangers.com

Drug Dangers is committed to providing the latest information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications. While prescription drugs can cure medical conditions and save lives, they can also cause harm. Defective drugs are known to cause severe adverse effects and death.

EleMental

EleMental represents an ever growing collective of visionaries from around the world who are actively working to promote wellness, recovery and thriving led by an underpinning philosophy that mental distress is a human experience which should not be used to define an individual, nor does it warrant a medical label.  Based on our own experiences, work and research and that of other leading world experts we firmly dispute the reductionist theories, the medical language and the oppression of maintenance model systems. Subtle and non-subtle forms of discrimination and stigma are inherent within mental health systems to the point that, in reality, they are often regimes which coerce, control, trap and punish the person in distress. We believe that this is an affront to the dignity of the individual and needs to be addressed.

EleMental Newsletter - Vol 1, Issue 1

Gov UK

Government site offering advice on health, benefits, your legal rights and more.

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Help For Depression.com

HelpForDepression.com was founded on the belief that a combination of therapies is most often the best approach to treating depression. We aim to provide a comprehensive (or as comprehensive as possible) explanation of the various approaches and treatments for depression as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones. We urge you to use HelpForDepression.com as a resource to understand your options and better prepare yourself for conversations with your doctor or doctors. In addition to explaining various treatments, we try to highlight combinations of therapies that often work well together, but we urge you to talk with your doctor as each individual responds differently and the right combination of treatments for one patient is often not right for another.

Hugging Barbed Wire

A challenging fusion of words, music and video from experience of psychosis and recovery that puts a stake through the heart of the stigma surrounding mental health.

Learning Disabilties Reference

A learning disability is considered a classification and includes several disorders in which a person has difficulty learning in the normal manner. Learning disabilities are caused by an unknown factor and this factor or factors affect the brain's ability to process and receive information. This page describes many learning disabilities with links to further information.

Bipolar UK (Manic Depressive Fellowship)

Established in 1983, Bipolar UK is a national user-led organisation and registered charity for people whose lives are affected by bipolar disorder. Bipolar UK aims to enable people affected by bipolar to take control of their lives through the services that we offer members. These include self help groups, information and publications, employment advice, self management training programme, 24-hour legal advice line for employment, legal, benefits and debt issues, travel insurance scheme.

Mental Health Foundation

Our research, service development, policy and public and patient involvement teams work across public mental health and health promotion, mental health problems and severe mental illness. We tackle mental health issues which are often neglected, often work in partnership with other organisations, are independent of any one stakeholder group or way of looking at mental health, base our work on strong evidence, incorporate the views of service users, their families and the people who support them, tell the wider world about our findings through campaigns, information work and the media 

Mind

Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone.

NHS Choices - Mental Health

Are you feeling low, depressed, anxious, panicky, stressed out or under pressure?  Around 1 in 4 people will be affected by mental health issues like anxiety, stress and depression at some point in their life.  This site has information on various mental health conditions and some interactive tools including self-assessment tests.

Rethink

Rethink, the leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. We were founded over 30 years ago to give a voice to people affected by severe mental illness and today, with over 8,300 members, we remain determined that this voice will continue to be heard. We help over 48,000 people every year through our services, support groups and by providing information on mental health problems.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is committed to improving the understanding of psychiatry and mental health. We want there to be a greater understanding of the interaction between mental and physical health and the social and cultural context in which people live. We are at the forefront in setting and achieving the highest standards through education, training and research. We lead the way in developing excellence and promoting best practice in mental health services. We promote research and publish the results in our world-class psychiatric journals. We collaborate with key players in the mental health field and are champions for improvements in the quality of mental healthcare throughout all sectors of society. Public education is at the heart of our activities and is an essential component of our website.

SANE

SANE was established in 1986 to improve the quality of life for people affected by mental illness following the overwhelming public response to a series of articles featured in The Times newspaper entitled The Forgotten Illness. Written by Marjorie Wallace, now SANE's chief executive, the articles exposed the neglect of people suffering from mental illness and the poverty of services and information.  SANE has three objectives: To raise awareness and respect for people with mental illness and their families and secure better services, To undertake research into the causes of serious mental illness through The Prince of Wales International Centre for SANE Research, To provide help and information to those experiencing mental health problems, their families and carers through SANEline and SANEmail.

Secret Life of A Manic Depressive

Award Winning Blog of Seaneen Molloy: funny, feisty, fascinating and other things that start with F,  parts of which have been adapted for Louise Ramsdenís play 'Dos and Doníts for the Mentally Interesting'.  Great stuff if you're Manic Depressive.  Great stuff if you're not.  Click the link below to see Seaneen perform her Handy Guide for getting the most from Your Psychiatrist on YouTube.

Seaneen on YouTube

Slough Mental Health Services

Links to Mental Health Services provided by Slough Borough Council.

Tardive Dyskenesia

At the Tardive Dyskinesia Center we aim to educate the public about tardive dyskinesia, a serious movement disorder with symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease. Tardive dyskinesia can develop in patients who have been treated with certain prescription antipsychotics. According to Mental Health America, as many as 1 out of every 5 patients taking neuroleptic or antipsychotic medications for longer than three months will develop the condition, which can be permanent and has no known cure.  Viewers without US zip codes may order the free Tardive Dyskenesia information packs by email or post.

There4U

There4U is a mental health & well-being service providing information for clients of NHS, Local & National Government Agencies, Housing Associations and the Voluntary Sector in Berkshire and across England. They are an independent service run by the Patient Information Officer for and with the full support of Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.