May is Mental Health Month!
All our members, especially therapists and professionals in the health fields, are highly encouraged to participate in refining this Mental Disorders Resource List.
Many members have expressed interest in recovery from mental disorders, the main of the inquires focused mostly on anxieties, depression and personality disorders. I’ve begun to put together a resource list for those who may suffer from mental disorders or illness, whether it was acquired through brain damage, genetics, or an acquired disease. It would be great if we all could chip in and aim for a resource list of good leads for the various forms of mental disorders. So, if you'd like to make a recommendation, it's highly encouraged!
People can have one or several mental disorders that overlap each other. Likewise, treatment and therapies can be more effective when used together rather than focusing on just one type. Recovery is highly dependent on concerted and persistent self-effort to face and overcome (often subconscious) fears in “safe” situations at a pace that is do-able.
Most of the therapists in our group probably have their own list of resources. Your participation and comments on the qualifications and effectiveness of any of these resources, particularly to add or delete from it, is greatly appreciated. Member experience and opinions ARE important and any information you provide is helpful in shaping this list since most of these sources were not recommended to me and found merely by researching the web. Later, I’ll move the revised list to our Discussion Boards as a permanent reference on mental disorders where it can be further improved and updated at any time. This is our chance to help those who suffer by helping point them in a useful direction. Thank you!
Websites, educational videos, articles:
Wikipedia: Brain disorders categories listing:
WebMD: Brain damage and disorders: types, symptoms, causes, treatments:
WebMD. Mental Health Center:
American Psychological Association (APA):
NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness:
National Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
International OCD Foundation (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Find treatment providers near you. Educational and online support group.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
(TBI) Traumatic Brain Injury: Hope Through Research:
Wikipedia offers a rather thorough article on Phobias including its pertinent neurobiology and extensive reference list:
Although a simple web search results in many organizations that educate and support specific disorders, Wikipedia and The Mayo Clinic offer rather comprehensive information in layperson’s terms on the following:
Agoraphobia, fear of open spaces (??):
Xenophobia. Fear of strangers:
Panic Disorder, chronic panic attacks:
Necrophobia, Fear of Death:
Hypochondria, health phobia:
For those interested in (SA) Social Anxiety or Avoidant issues, check out this two-paged article on Asperger’s Syndrome:
Social Anxiety Documentary: Afraid of People:
Sponsored by: www.FreedomFromFear.org .
Building bridges from education to treatment.
Dr. Richard’s, The Social Anxiety Association:
National Geographic’s video “Stress: Portrait of a Killer”:
BBC Medical Documentary: ADHD: Living with Hyperactivity:
Educational videos by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Psychiatry Department, including Substance Abuse, Depression, Eating Disorders, Autism, etc:
Borderline Personality Disorder Documentary: "Back From the Edge":
Neuroscience Department, including stroke and brain cancer treatment, etc:
Educational videos by the Douglas Institute for Mental Health:
On Schizophrenia and Psychosis:
(GAPS or GAP Syndrome) Gut and Psychology Syndrome is a condition which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. Helps neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD⁄ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive –compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems.
There’s a wealth of information on the web for brain plasticity.
Here’s a couple articles to start you off:
The Dana Foundation.
Re-opening Windows: Manipulating Critical Periods for Brain Development:
This article was written by a layperson which explains, in simpler layperson’s terms, the subject of brain plasticity and retraining the amygdala:
This book can be borrowed from the Los Angeles Public Library:
“Seized” by Eve LaPlante.
On Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) which is often misdiagnosed as schizophrenia or mood disorder. LaPlante connects the TLE symptoms of ecstasy and the hearing of God speaking to luminaries such as Joan of Ark and Saint Paul. She reviews the ordeals of Dostoevsky, Lewis Carroll, and van Gogh, all thought to have TLE.
Since mental illness/disorders can lead to suicidal thoughts:
Lost All Hope has a wealth of information and resources on this important topic, including Metanoia.org:
The Samaritans, an international organization, offers a great deal of resources on coping with suicidal thoughts, including a hotline, and partner with 8 other suicide prevention organizations which can also be contacted:
Therapies and Support Groups/Organizations:
To find therapy groups visit: http://www.findgrouptherapy.com/ .
(BILA) The Biofeedback Institute of Los Angeles, our venue sponsor.
Retraining your brain, brain repair through oxygen related therapies.
5-Path Hypnotherapy and 7-Path Self Hypnosis.
Proven recovery in cases with Phobias, Anxieties, etc. Defuse initial sensitizing events into neutrality by reorganizing your subconscious thoughts. http://www.banyanhypnosiscenter.com/what-is-5-path.htm .
Steven C Kassel, MFT
Board Certified in BiofeedbackBoard
Certified in Neurofeedback
Fellow, American Academy of Pain Management
23560 Lyons Ave, 204, Newhall, CA 91321
1545 Sawtelle Ave, #25, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.).
Completely non-invasive and highly effective body/subconscious rewiring technique.
Gina DeMasi, highly recommended B.E.S.T. practitioner:
Janet McKeehan-Medina, MFT, Intern
Daleoworks Psychological Services
9200 W Olympic BLVD, Suite 108
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
We provide individual, (children, teens and adults) couple, and family therapy and accept most insurances. We have vast experience with: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Bereavement, Pain Management, Anger Management, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem Issues, PTSD, Addictions.
ArdenRose, L.C.S.W. and M.F.T., Art Therapist, Impressionist Artist. I treat all disorders through Interactional Art Therapy, and am an author in that field. I welcome any questions or referrals. http://www.ardenrose.com/
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):
NeuroLlinguistic Programming (NLP):
Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT) aka “Tapping”:
Highly recommended hypnotherapist in Los Angeles to help with Anxiety and Sadness, Lynda Malerstein, BCH. Offering you the A.R.T. (Affirm, Release, Transform) Hypnotherapy system which includes 5 Path, 7th Path, EFT and the Perfect Affirmation process. http://powerjourneys.com
The Social Anxiety Busters of Orange County, CA Meetup Group.
Very active therapeutic and group participation meetup group:
Support group for Bipolar Disorder including magazine and ezine news:
Support group for Schizophrenia including magazine and enews:
Out of The Fog. Personality Disorder support group.
Scroll down to check out their list of educational books:
(AvPD) Avoidant Personality Disorder:
Speech retraining via videos services and stroke articles:
HelpGuide.org on Abuse:
Find a support buddy! Find a penpal in your specific health topic. Inspire.com is an online support group for the countless various types of health afflictions. It offers forums, discussions, and finding a support buddy. Medical professionals sometimes participate and offer advice. Inspire.com partners with 80 other support organizations and foundations. Find the support groups for your specific needs.
Mental Health America online support group, an Inspire.com partner, offers support on Phobias:
All therapists and support groups in our member pool are free to post your business contact information in the comment section which will be added to the listing. You must include your full name, your business name, contact info, website link if any, and a short business description, or it will not be added to the listing.
Members, please post any comments and your suggestions to add or delete any reference with your reason or experience in the Comment Section below. Your participation is highly encouraged. Thank you, everyone, for chipping in to help our community!