Mental Disorders Resource List

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:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Brain_disorders .

WebMD: Brain damage and disorders: types, symptoms, causes, treatments:
http://www.webmd.com/brain/brain-damage-symptoms-causes-treatments .

WebMD. Mental Health Center:
http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/default.htm .

American Psychological Association (APA):
http://www.apa.org/ .

NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness:
http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness .

National Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
http://www.adaa.org/ .

International OCD Foundation (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).
Find treatment providers near you. Educational and online support group.
http://www.adaa.org/ .

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
(TBI) Traumatic Brain Injury: Hope Through Research:
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/tbi/detail_tbi.htm .

Wikipedia offers a rather thorough article on Phobias including its pertinent neurobiology and extensive reference list:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phobia .

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 (??):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agoraphobia .
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/agoraphobia/DS00894 .
Xenophobia. Fear of strangers:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenophobia .
Panic Disorder, chronic panic attacks:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panic_disorder .
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/panic-attacks/DS00338 .
Necrophobia, Fear of Death:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necrophobia .
Hypochondria, health phobia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypochondriasis .
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypochondria/DS00841 .

For those interested in (SA) Social Anxiety or Avoidant issues, check out this two-paged article on Asperger’s Syndrome:
http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/mental-health-aspergers-syndrome .

Social Anxiety Documentary: Afraid of People:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmEJEfy5f50&feature=colike .
Sponsored by:  www.FreedomFromFear.org .
Building bridges from education to treatment.

Dr. Richard’s, The Social Anxiety Association:
http://www.socialphobia.org/ .

National Geographic’s video “Stress: Portrait of a Killer”:
http://www.meetup.com/Brains/events/97948082/ .

BBC Medical Documentary: ADHD: Living with Hyperactivity:
http://www.meetup.com/Brains/events/106839882/ .

Educational videos by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
Psychiatry Department, including Substance Abuse, Depression, Eating Disorders, Autism, etc:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDC251E923EA9F866 .
Borderline Personality Disorder Documentary: "Back From the Edge":
http://www.meetup.com/Brains/events/108940292/ .
Neuroscience Department, including stroke and brain cancer treatment, etc:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3DEDA0261DEB5C3E .

Educational videos by the Douglas Institute for Mental Health:
http://www.youtube.com/user/douglasInstitute/videos?view=0 .
On Schizophrenia and Psychosis:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxq9fWgPBjM .

(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.
http://www.gaps.me/ .
http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-GAPS/

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:
http://www.dana.org/news/cerebrum/detail.aspx?id=39360 .
This article was written by a layperson which explains, in simpler layperson’s terms, the subject of brain plasticity and retraining the amygdala:
http://alwayswellwithin.com/2010/05/11/retraining-the-brain-for-cfs-fms-mcs-ptsd-gws/ .

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:
http://lostallhope.com/links .

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:
http://samaritanshope.org/ .
http://samaritanshope.org/index.php/partners.html .

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.
http://www.biocompresearch.org/# .

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
ph: [masked]
fax:[masked]
http://www.kassel.us/

Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (B.E.S.T.).
Completely non-invasive and highly effective body/subconscious rewiring technique.
http://www.morter.com/what_is_best.php .
Gina DeMasi, highly recommended B.E.S.T. practitioner:
http://ginascreativehealingcenter.com/about-gina/ .

Janet McKeehan-Medina, MFT, Intern
Ph:
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Daleoworks Psychological Services
9200 W Olympic BLVD, Suite 108
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
www.daleoworks.com
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):
http://www.nacbt.org/whatiscbt.htm .
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_behavioral_therapy .

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_Movement_Desensitization_and_Reprocessing .

NeuroLlinguistic Programming (NLP):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuro-linguistic_programming  .

Emotional Freedom Technique, EFT) aka “Tapping”:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotional_Freedom_Technique .

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:
http://www.meetup.com/shygroup/ .

Support group for Bipolar Disorder including magazine and ezine news:
http://www.bphope.com/

Support group for Schizophrenia including magazine and enews:
http://www.mentalwellnesstoday.com/our-mental-health-magazines/schizophrenia-sz-magazine?content.14 .

Out of The Fog. Personality Disorder support group.
Scroll down to check out their list of educational books:
http://www.outofthefog.net/PD.html .

(AvPD) Avoidant Personality Disorder:
http://outofthefog.net/Disorders/AVPD.html .

From Speech-Therapy-On-Video.com.
Speech retraining via videos services and stroke articles:
http://www.speech-therapy-on-video.com/brainplasticity.html .

HelpGuide.org on Abuse:
http://www.helpguide.org/topics/abuse.htm .

Grief Counseling:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grief_counseling .
http://www.goodtherapy.org/therapy-for-grief.html .

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.
http://www.inspire.com/groups .
http://www.inspire.com/partners/ .
http://www.inspire.com/groups/ifred-anxiety-and-depression/ .

Mental Health America online support group, an Inspire.com partner, offers support on Phobias:
http://www.inspire.com/groups/mental-health-america/topics/anxiety-and-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!

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  • Doreen Cohanim C.

    Friday's I am booked back to back.

    May 31, 2013

  • malcolm

    Is this really at quarter to midnight? Will it be by mental telepathy or is there a contact method?- - - Malcolm ----------- Meetup.com/NLP-LA

    May 30, 2013

    • V

      Malcolm, this is NOT a meetup, it's a LIST of information for our members. Thank you.

      May 31, 2013

  • V

    Thanks everyone for your participation with this list. I will be posting it to our permanent Message Board.

    May 31, 2013

  • Arden R.

    Sorry-I was in accident, and cannot come to LA tomorrow.
    Best-Arden

    May 30, 2013

    • V

      Arden, this is not a meetup, it's a LIST of information for our members. I hope you feel better.

      May 31, 2013

  • Arden R.

    I treat all disorders through Interactional Art Therapy, and am an author in that field. I would like to offer my website www.ardenrose.com to your resource list. I welcome any questions or referrals.
    Kind regards,
    Arden Rose

    May 26, 2013

    • V

      Thank you for your participation, Arden! Your site has been added to our list.

      May 30, 2013

  • Kaitlin

    Is this an online discussion group? Sorry, I'm new!! Would love to join in.

    May 16, 2013

    • V

      Welcome Kaitlin. This is mainly a group that meets up. However, I do post things like documentaries, podcasts and this resource list to be enjoyed/used on people's own time. We also do have an online discussion area: Click on "Discussions",­ then click on "Message Board" and feel free to post your questions and findings. I hope you enjoy the group.

      May 30, 2013

  • V

    Hi Andrea, I web searched your question and found some groups in the area, but have no idea how successful they are outside of the SA meetup group in Orange County which is very active. :D

    April 12, 2013

    • Andrea

      Thanks! Maybe something for a future project... :)

      1 · April 12, 2013

    • V

      Keep us posted if you create one. Also, all professionals or organizers are welcome to post their work under "Therapeutic Businesses and Organizations" by clicking on: "Discussions",­ then "Message Board", then "LAB&C" - it's the 4th subject on the list. :D

      April 13, 2013

  • Andrea

    I ran a mood/anxiety disorder support group back in Miami and people found it so helpful. I wonder if there is something similar here.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • V

    Thanks for your suggestions Ellen and Sophie! Your participation is much appreciated!

    March 25, 2013

  • Sophie M.

    A lot of what I do helps relieve mental disorders and gives tools to people who are in these situations. One process is called Access The Bars® and we also have over 55 Access Consciousness® Body processes, plus verbal processing that help tremendously. The AC website is http://www.accessconsciousness.com and I can be found at http://sophiemihalko.accessconsciousness.com

    March 19, 2013

  • Ellen H.

    Check this out:
    http://www.gaps.me/
    Very useful info for behavioral & mood disorders!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • V

    Thank you everyone for your receptive responses! Those are great suggestions Susan and Loni, I really appreciate it! It's now included, and the sites look excellent, ty Susan. :D Does anyone know a good Somatic Therapist that you can highly recommend by credible source?

    March 17, 2013

  • Mariam M.

    Thank you so much for the list!! Very useful!

    March 16, 2013

  • Jen

    thank you

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, there are magazines/ezines written by and for people with the disorder. They can be a lot of support. http://www.bphope.com/ and http://www.mentalwellnesstoday.com/our-mental-health-magazines/schizophrenia-sz-magazine?content.14

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Loni M.

    Somatic Therapist

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • V

    This list is not for general health, but specifically Mental Disorders. Your comments, recommendations (both positive and negative), and mental health business/organization information is welcome here!

    March 16, 2013

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