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depression support websitesIt seems out of place bringing up such a serious topic on depression and bipolar disorder when the festivities are just around the corner. But it is one of those attacks that’s out there and doesn’t appreciate seasons. In fact, the socially busy holiday season can act as a catalyst.

Though there are many different types of depressions, what is common is that they usually occur in all ages. Of all the types, major depression and bipolar disorder are the ones that are highlighted more. NIMH says that 5.7 million people are afflicted in the U.S alone. Wikipedia cites a research study that says bipolar disorder is possibly the most costly category of mental disorders in the United States.

The good news is that these classes of depression are treatable. The doctors form the first line of defense always. And if you are looking for extra information and education, the web forms the second. Always consult a medical practitioner, but look up these five websites for any information on depression and bipolar disorder.

National Institute of Mental Health

depression support websites

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a government body overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The website is an authoritative resource on the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses. It also highlights the latest clinical research in the area of mental health. Mental health topics get specific pages like the one for depression or bipolar disorder. The well organized list of contents takes the reader through the stages from symptoms and treatment to how to find help.

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You can also download detailed information booklets as free PDF files. The video and audios on the page talk about different areas of treatment and breakthroughs. NIMH also has a YouTube channel. If you are in the U.S, you can use NIMH’s Outreach Program to connect with the organization and interact firsthand with health advisors.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

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The DBSA is an online support group for bipolar disorder and depression. Participation is limited to 12 per group and it is strictly on first come first served basis with a free sign-up to the online chat. DBSA also runs more than 1000 peer-run support groups around the U.S. The community based support groups also have professional caregivers for education and treatment advice.

There’s also the online discussion board that you can actively take part in. If you are trying to search out psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals in your area, the Find a Pro service is a more than useful search engine. Also check out the nicely laid out Facing Us Clubhouse and there’s quite a nice list of free PDF eBooks and eBrochures on bipolar disorder.

Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation

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Bipolar disorder doesn’t discriminate when it comes to age. It does rear its head in childhood and adolescence. It becomes vital for parents to recognize and seek remedies in time. This website tailored for the young age group addresses these facts. Parents can connect to the online support groups on the site.

Then there are the forums and chat rooms to connect to other guardians and caregivers. You can watch out for upcoming expert chats given by doctors and mental health experts. Uniquely, transcripts of old chats are also freely available. Flipswitch is the podcast section and though it seems to have ended, you can still catch the old ones.

McMan’s Depression and Bipolar Web

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This is a well compiled resource by John McManamy, an award-winning mental health journalist and author of Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder. His insights come from being a sufferer of bipolar disorder for the last 11 years. Apart from the website, his blog is also a worthwhile read.

As he explains in his blog, he started it all as a means of coping with his own disorder. Initially, it was meant to be a platform for his own self education as he plowed through medical and psychiatric literature that was available on the subject. Lately, it has moved beyond medical diagnosis into brain and behavioral science. A section on the famous people from history who suffered from this ailment makes a revealing browse.

Depression Alliance

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We have been U.S centric so far, but let’s check out this UK based charity that tries to tackle depression. If you are a first timer go over to their new section – What you should know about depression.

The website brings an online discussion forum, a nationwide network of self help groups, a quarterly magazine, and a matched pen friend confidential service. There’s also a small section where you can showcase any creative work (a story, a poem, an artwork etc).

When it comes to these ailments, there’s so much more to talk about. The positive thing is that the web is a great enabler when it comes to support and advice. Though it cannot replace a face to face conversation with a qualified doctor, it can prove to be a valuable tool for information and education. Do you agree? Point us to any other resources you know of.

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  1. rockiejock
    February 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    The different website details you have provided out here are good to collect out the information regarding the depression..

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  2. Concerned4liberty
    January 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Hi. I wish you would put a care2 share icon on here. It would make it easier to share as that is where I share your news!

    • Saikat Basu
      January 8, 2011 at 3:40 am

      Isn't that a a non-profit organization? Or is it a separate social sharing service?

    • Aibek
      January 9, 2011 at 10:33 am

      never heard of it before, could you please provide some websites where we can see the button in action

  3. andy12345
    January 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Nice, but you missed one of the longest running mental health sites.

    http://www.Psychcentral.com
    Psych Central is the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. Since 1995, it has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 160 support groups to consumers.
    I must admit though, I'm not keen on the $$$support links.

  4. andy12345
    January 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    Nice, but you missed one of the longest running mental health sites.

    http://www.Psychcentral.com
    Psych Central is the Internet's largest and oldest independent mental health and psychology network. Since 1995, it has been run by mental health professionals offering reliable, trusted information and over 160 support groups to consumers.
    I must admit though, I'm not keen on the $$$support links.

  5. Saikat Basu
    December 22, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Thanks for the links guys. More the 'merrier' :)

  6. Judybug424
    December 18, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    NAMI is a "grassroots" organization which also has a website dealing with same issue.
    http://www.nami.org/

  7. Judybug424
    December 18, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    NAMI is a "grassroots" organization which also has a website dealing with same issue.
    http://www.nami.org/

  8. readingnthedark
    December 18, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    dailystrength.com is an awesome resource not only for Bipolar and depression but for many other illnesses too. There is a wonderful community there who are very supportive. You can have your own journal, make friends, post to boards, and get advice from peers and professionals.

    • Aibek
      December 21, 2010 at 10:59 am

      thanks for the input

  9. readingnthedark
    December 18, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    dailystrength.com is an awesome resource not only for Bipolar and depression but for many other illnesses too. There is a wonderful community there who are very supportive. You can have your own journal, make friends, post to boards, and get advice from peers and professionals.

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