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Psychological Association "Fact Sheets"

The California Psychological Association 'Psychology Works' fact sheets: A reliable and useful resource for reliable information on a broad array of physical, behavioral and emotional challenges that have a psychological component
cpa.ca/publications/yourhealthpsychologyworksfactsheets

Canadian Psychological Association 'Psychology Works' fact sheets: A great resource for reliable information on numerous psychological issues
cpa.ca/publications/yourhealthpsychologyworksfactsheets

Psychological Resources / Information Online

PsychCentral: Psychologist John Grohol at his PsychCentral website has amassed the oldest annotated directory of online psychology and mental health resources dating back to 1992 and put on the web in 1995. A remarkable set of resources!
psychcentral.com/resources

Psychology Information Online is a private site developed by New Jersey licensed psychologist Donald J. Franklin, Ph.D. that provides information about the practice of psychology for the benefit of consumers, psychologists and students including articles, frequently asked questions on various subjects and a wealth of other resources
psychologyinfo.com/index.html

MentalHelp.net is a fine resource for a wide range of psychological resources including a wide selection of articles on psychological challenges, news, forum, blogs, essays, podcasts, online communities, RSS feeds, medication information, book reviews, tests and questionnaires, and more.
mentalhelp.net
mentalhelp.net/poc/view_index.php?idx=topics

Health and Advocacy Resources: Community Resources
drsteiner.net/resources_health.html

Healthlinks: A worldwide resource for consumers and professionals providing links to health services
healthlinks.net

Medical Resources for Organization links and Medical Conditions

MedicineNet.com: Medical organization links as well as articles on medical conditions
medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=50

LGBT (Lesbian - Gay - Bisexual - Transgender) Resources

Transgender articles and resources
apa.org/topics/transgender.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transgender
transgenderlawcenter.org
tgsf.org
out.ucr.edu/pdf/Trans101.pdf
theatlantic.com/doc/200811/transgender-children

Children fare well in Same-sex marriage/couples (Lesbian and Gay families): An October 2010 American Psychological Association article in their journal Monitor on Psychology cited a study found that children adopted into lesbian and gay families are as well-adjusted as children adopted by heterosexual parents, and follow similar patterns of gender development. Other studies showed that children raised by lesbian and gay patents develop in the same positive ways that children raised by heterosexual parents do, and that same-sex couples are just as capable of providing a supportive environment for children. Other research findings include that surveys conducted in California showed that 75 percent of lesbians and more than half of gay men were in a relationship with one person.
apa.org/monitor/2010/10/adopted-children.aspx
apa.org/monitor/2010/10/same-sex.aspx


Psychology Resources for Behavioral / Emotional Challenges & LGBT Resources  | Severe Psychological Challenges / Disorders /
Psychological Challenges, Disabilities, Illiteracy, Suicide Prevention & Caregiver Resources

Schizophrenia

Links between sugar and the risk of both depression and schizophrenia: December 2009 research from a cross-cultural analysis of the relationship between diet and psychological challenges by noted British psychiatric researcher Malcolm Peet shows that sugar actually suppresses activity of a key growth hormone in the brain called BDNF. BDNF levels are critically low in both depression and schizophrenia.
articles.mercola.com...How-Eating-Sugar-Can-Cause-Mental-Illness.aspx~
psychologytoday.com...dietary-sugar-and-mental-illness-surprising-link~

Pot smokers who developed psychotic disorders (e.g., schizophrenia) did so 2.7 years earlier than non-smokers, says a February 2011 meta-analysis of 83 studies at the University of New South Wales in Australia: Actually the use of any illegal drug accelerated the onset of psychotic disorders by two years. The greater risk is to people with a family history of psychosis. One study found that smoking pot sped up the onset of the disease by three years and worsened symptoms. Excerpts from several articles below: "The explanation may lie in the brain's endocannabinoid receptors, which respond to the active chemicals in pot and play a role in dopamine regulation, possibly increasing the likelihood of psychotic episodes." and “It is increasingly clear that marijuana is a cause of schizophrenia, and that the schizophrenia caused by cannabis starts earlier than schizophrenia with other causes,” study researcher Matthew Large of Prince of Wales Hospital in New South Wales, Australia, says in an email."
healthland.time.com/2011/02/07/marijuana-linked-with-earlier-onset-of-schizophrenia-in-research-review
examiner.com/health-news-in-milwaukee/pot-use-might-speed-onset-of-psychosis
cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-20031003-10391704.html
webmd.com/schizophrenia/news/20110207/earlier-onset-of-schizophrenia-linked-to-pot
msnbc.msn.com/id/37779968/ns/health-addictions
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2005559,00.html
cannabisnews.com

Viral infections during infancy could cause schizophrenia, suggests research released in March 2011.
utne.com/Science-Technology/In-Search-Of-The-Insanity-Virus~

Psychopaths / Sociopaths and Anti-Social Personality Disorder

Psychopaths, Sociopaths and Anti-Social Personality Disorder: Be forewarned and be forearmed!—One study reported in June 2008 found that men with the "dark triad" of traits—narcissism, thrill-seeking and deceitfulness—are likely to have a large number of sexual affairs. Apparently there is now some evidence that "...these traits may represent a successful evolutionary strategy," according to Dr. Peter Johason, of New Mexico University in Las Cruces, as told to New Scientist magazine. Both the fictional James Bond and the real James Dean are mentioned in this context. Research reported in March 2010 found that the brains of psychopaths appear to be hard-wired to keep seeking a reward at any cost, specifically a hyper-reactive dopamine reward system may be the foundation for many of the most problematic behaviors associated with psychopathy, including violent crime, recidivism and substance abuse. While psychopathy and sociopathy are often used interchangeable, in the field of psychology there appears to be consensus that psychopathy is more of an innate phenomenon whereas sociopathy is more the result of environmental factors, such as poverty, exposure to violence, permissive or neglectful parenting and so on. Anti-social personality disorder is the label given psychopathy and sociopathy by the American Psychiatric Association in their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV-TR (DSM-IV-TR). An excerpt from Wikipedia on Anti-Social Personality Disorder at the link below: "David K. Lykken proposed psychopathy and sociopathy are two distinct kinds of antisocial personality disorder. He believed psychopaths are born with temperamental differences such as impulsivity, cortical underarousal, and fearlessness that lead them to risk-seeking behavior and an inability to internalize social norms. On the other hand, he claimed that sociopaths have relatively normal temperaments; their personality disorder being more an effect of negative sociological factors like parental neglect, delinquent peers, poverty and extremely low or extremely high intelligence. Both personality disorders are the result of an interaction between genetic predispositions and environmental factors, but psychopathy leans towards the hereditary whereas sociopathy tends towards the environmental."
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychopathy
psychologytoday.com/conditions/antisocial-personality-disorder
scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=what-psychopath-means
minddisorders.com/Flu-Inv/Hare-Psychopathy-Checklist.html
oregoncounseling.org/Handouts/PsychopathicPersonality.htm
crisiscounseling.com/articles/psychopath.htm
psychologytoday.com/blog/extreme-fear/201010/how-psychopaths-choose-their-victims
crime.about.com/od/serial/a/psychopaths.htm
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100314150924.htm
goertzel.org/dynapsyc/2003/psychopaths.htm
hare.org/links/saturday.html
independent.co.uk/news/science/why-women-really-do-love-selfobsessed-psychopaths-850007.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisocial_personality_disorder#Sociopathy
mayoclinic.com/health/antisocial-personality-disorder/DS00829
mentalhealth.com/dis/p20-pe04.html
psychcentral.com/disorders/sx7.htm
mcafee.cc/Bin/sb.html
deviantcrimes.com/sociopathy.htm
blogs.psychcentral.com/forensic-focus/2010/07/sociopathy-vs-psychopathy/

Bipolar (Manic-Depressive) Disorder

Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Disorder) is a disruptive, long term mood disorder that affects over 10 million people in America, men and women equally. It is most clearly defined by the presence of one or more episodes of a manic (lasting at least 7 days) or hypomanic (lasting no more than 5 days) episodes consisting of abnormally elevated energy levels, cognition, and mood with one or more depressive episodes, with the episodes usually separated by periods of "normal" mood although in some individuals the depression and mania may rapidly alternate (called rapid cycling). Drawing upon data from the United States on lifetime prevalence, it appears to indicate a rate of around 1% for bipolar I (with manic episodes), 0.5% - 1% for bipolar II (with hypomanic episodes) or cyclothymia (a milder form), and 2% to 5% for sub-threshold cases meeting some but not all criteria. Both genetic contribute substantially to the likelihood of developing bipolar disorder and environmental factors are also implicated. Individuals are rather commonly misdiagnosed and under-diagnosed. The mainstay of treatment is taking a mood stabilizer medication such as lithium carbonate or lamotrigine. Bipolar disorder can be a severely disabling condition and many people with it can live full and satisfying lives usually by rigorously staying on appropriate medication and receiving timely and competent professional treatment. Especially intriguing is how bipolar disorder affects the brain.
mayoclinic.com/health/bipolar-disorder/DS00356
helpguide.org/mental/bipolar_disorder_symptoms_treatment.htm
psychcentral.com/disorders/sx20.htm
nami.org~
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001924
nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/bipolar-disorder/complete-index.shtml
ehow.com/how-does_4966772_how-bipolar-disorder-affects-brain.html
bipolar.about.com/cs/menu_science/a/press_umich0210.htm
innovations-report.com/html/reports/medicine_health/report-54574.html
healthyplace.com...the-progression-of-psychosis-in-bipolar-disorder~

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline: Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a most challenging disturbance of personality functioning that is often difficult to accurately identify, even for highly educated people, professionals and some people in the field of psychology. The essence of this highly conflicted patterning is epitomized in the title "I Hate You---Don't Leave me," although it could just as accurately be described as "I Love You---Don't Touch Me." The books I Hate You—Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality (1989) by Jerold J. Kreisman, M.D. and Hal Straus along with Stop Walking on Eggshells: Taking Your Life Back When Someone You Care About Has Borderline Personality Disorder (1998) by Paul T. Mason and Randi Kreger are invaluable resources along with the website listed below run by Randi Kreger along with her new book The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder (2009). Kreisman and Straus recommend the SET approach to handling high conflict and emotionally intense situations with this population (although it is equally applicable to anyone who is in a highly emotional and reactive state. The SET approach allows a partner, friend and loved ones to honestly address a person's demands, feelings and assertions and help maintain appropriate healthy boundaries. SET stands for: 1) Support, 2) Empathy, and 3) Truth. Also look at Randi Kreger's PUVAS approach and Marsha Linehan, Ph.D.'s DEARMAN approach: D: Describe the situation; E: Express your feelings/opinions; A: Assert your wishes, R: Reinforce another for respecting you, M: Mindful of what you want, A: Act confident, and N: Negotiate in listening to alternatives and asking another for suggestions. Gathering useful resources coupled with a balance of strong limit-setting and steely compassion is vital for people facing this challenge and those who love them. Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), which combines Zen mindfulness with cognitive-behavioral techniques, is generally considered one of the best treatment approaches for BPD. Schema Therapy, an integrative approach founded on the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy that helps clients change their entrenched, self-defeating life patterns (or schemas) using cognitive, behavioral, and emotion-focused techniques, has demonstrated cost effectiveness and is associated with higher levels of client and therapist satisfaction with treatment in recent research. One article describes how a BPD love relationship evolves through 1) the vulnerable seducer phase, 2) the clinger phase, and 3) the hater phase. Another article describes how to survive a break-up with someone with BPD that gives 10 beliefs that can get you stuck, and challenges each one of them as bogus. Most helpful articles.
webmd.com/mental-health/tc/borderline-personality-disorder-symptoms
google.com/search?q=borderline+personality+disorder
time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1870491,00.html
bpdcentral.com/index.php
bpdworld.org
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder
nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/borderline-personality-disorder-fact-sheet~
eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-11/isos-frn102209.php
bpd-home-base.org/home
bpd.about.com/od/forfriendsandfamily/a/SET.htm
bpdfamily.com/message_board/index.php?topic=69272.0
bpdfamily.com/bpdresources/nk_a101.htm
bpdfamily.com/bpdresources/nk_a109.htm

Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Narcissist: Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is remarkably challenging, especially since people with this patterning rarely ever enter into therapy given they don't have a problem to address from their viewpoint. An amazingly helpful resource book is Disarming the Narcissist (2008) by Wendy T. Behary, LCSW. Also helpful are the books Why is it Always About You? (2003) and the more professionally-oriented Humanizing the Narcissistic Style (1987) by Stephen M. Johnson. The recent book The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (2009) by research psychologists Jean Twenge and W. Keith Campbell reports how narcissism is continuing to spread quickly among college students, especially young women. While her data shows that men are still more narcissistic, women are catching up fast. These recent research results show a 30 percent increase in scores on one test of narcissism: "From 2002 to 2007, college students' scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI) rose twice as fast as we'd found in an earlier study that covered changes between 1982 and 2006." Addiction specialist and radio-television host Drew Pinsky, M.D. in a 2006 study showed how celebrities scored almost 18 percent higher than the general public on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory. College students have 40 percent less empathy than their counterparts of 20 or 30 years ago in the 1980's and 1990's according to a May 2010 study released by the University of Michigan that analyzed data among almost 14,000 college students over the last 30 years, finding the biggest drop in empathy following the year 2000. One of the study researchers was a graduate student, Edward O'Brian, who commented: "It's not surprising that this growing emphasis on the self is accompanied by a corresponding devaluation of others." All the resource links below can provide helpful information.
mentalhealth.com/dis/p20-pe07.html
psychcentral.com/disorders/sx36.htm
health.usnews...myths-about-narcissism-and-narcissistic-personality-disorder~
health.usnews...why-there-are-so-many-narcissists-now...myths-about~
boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/02/27/study_finds_students_narcissistic
sdsuniverse.info/sdsuniverse/news.aspx?s=71137
psychologytoday...narcissism-epidemic...is-there-epidemic-narcissism-today
docs.google...umich.edu/brad.bushman...research+on+increase+in+narcissism
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narcissistic_personality_disorder
samvak.tripod.com/npdglance.html

An August 2010 article reviews this research and challenges whether or not evidence points to an increase in narcissism over time as well as suggesting that the concept of narcissism is poorly defined, along with looking at what other signs of a narcissism epidemic and found little evidence.
chronicle.com/article/Narcissism-Run-Rampant-Lets/123705~

Research released in late November 2010 reported that narcissistic students don't mind cheating their way to the top, suggesting that narcissists are motivated to cheat because their academic performance functions as an opportunity to show off to others and really want to be admired and look good by others, and they don't feel particularly guilty about their actions. In late November 2010 it was reported that in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (due out in 2013, and known as the DSM-5) five of the ten personality disorders that are listed in the current edition (DSM-IV-TR) are to be eliminated, including Narcissistic personality disorder. This change is highly controversial and meeting great criticism and resistance in the professional community. We will see how this plays out. Read the New York Times article on the controversy below.
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100528081434.htm
nytimes.com/2010/06/27/fashion/27StudiedEmpathy.html
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101130161604.htm
nytimes.com/2010/11/30/health/views/30mind~

An April 2011 New York Times article summarizes recent psychological research using computer analysis of three decades of hit songs showing a statistically significant trend toward narcissism and hostility in popular music.
nytimes.com/2011/04/26/science/26tier.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha210

Utne Reader compiled a set of brief articles on narcissism for their May-June 2011 issue, including excerpts from the 1979 landmark book The Culture of Narcissism by social critic Christopher Lasch. All worth reading
utne.com...Enough-About-You-Christopher-Lasch-Culture-Of-Narcissism~
utne.com/Politics/Just-Do-It-Modern-Narcissism-Self-Importance~
utne.com...Generation-Me-Capacity-To-Empathize-Narcissism-Epidemic~
utne.com...Narcissism-Myth-Millennial-Generation-Pursuit-Of-Affirmation~
utne.com...Narcissistic-Reading-Entertainment-Culture-Diversion-Industry~

Dissociation / Dissociative Identity Disorder / Multiple Personality

Dissociation, including Dissociative identity disorder (DID—formerly called Multiple personality disorder or MPD) is a primitive survival defense in the face of overwhelming circumstances like abuse, neglect, willful cruelty, violence, tragedy and war:
isst-d.org/education/faq-dissociation.htm
isst-d.org
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociative_identity_disorder
webmd.com...dissociative-identity-disorder-multiple-personality-disorder~
mayoclinic.com/health/dissociative-disorders...symptoms~
healthyplace.com...articles-on-dissociative-identity-disorder~

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD): Autism spectrum disorders includes a range of conditions and take the three main forms of Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Atypical Autism (or pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified) is diagnosed in nearly 1 percent of U. S. children according to December 2009 analysis from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. February 2010 results from U.C. Davis Health System researchers showed "...it appears that women's risk for delivering a child who develops autism increases throughout their reproductive years whereas father's age confers increased risk for autism when mothers are less than 30 years old, but has little effect when mothers are past age 30." (from the research abstract) Prevalence, understanding and treatments are reviewed.
washingtonpost.com...article/2009/12/18/AR2009121802242_pf~
autismspeaks.org/whatisit/index.php
nimh.nih.gov...autism-spectrum-disorders-pervasive-developmental-disorders~
nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/asd.cfm
cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_spectrum
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism#Classification
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_therapies
autism-society.org/site/PageServer
mchlibrary.info/knowledgepaths/kp_autism.html
eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-02/uoc--uds020210.php~
redorbit.com...link_between_advanced_maternal_age_and_autism~
medpagetoday.com/Pediatrics/Autism/18341~
sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100208102411.htm~

A May 2010 Time magazine article discusses studies that link infertility treatments to autism.
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1990567,00.html?xid=newsletter-daily

Research released in December 2010 found that children living about 1,000 feet from a freeway at birth—about 10% of the sample—had a two-fold increase in autism risk, contrasting with an estimated 1 in 110 children that are diagnosed with autism today. The study's authors say that these findings adds to the evidence suggesting that certain specific environmental exposures, such as air pollution, could play a role in causing autism in some children.
latimes.com/health/la-he-autism-20101217,0,1133581,print.story

A research study of California children released in January 2011 found that closely spaced pregnancies were associated with an increase in the odds of a second child being diagnosed with autism. The study looked at 660,000 second-born children between 1992 to 2002, finding that second children who were conceived less than 12 months after the first child's birth were three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than children spaced farther apart.
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703667904576072832311108462~

Inflammation may play a role in Autism, drawing upon recent research and evolutionary psychiatry compiled with comments by medical doctor Dr. Mercola
articles.mercola.com...does-inflammation-play-a-role-in-autism~
psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201104/autism-inflammation-speculation-and-nutrition

Average medical costs for those with autism-spectrum disorders exceeds those without by $4,110 to $6,200 per year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: An estimated one in 110 children is diagnosed with autism in the U.S. and at least 23 states have passed laws in recent years requiring state-regulated group health plans to include autism coverage, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.
online.wsj.com/article/SB1000~

Early detection: How a five-minute checklist can identify signs of autism at age 1, according to researchers reported in April 2011—A simple 24-item questionnaire that parents can complete in the pediatrician's waiting room can help detect subtle warnings of the developmental disorder as early as 12 months. This is in sharp contrast with the usual pattern of autism's behavioral symptoms not becoming obvious until babies are about 3 years old.
huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/28/autism-checklist_n_854914.html
sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110428065610.htm

Two out of three kids with Autism are "Underdiagnosed and Untreated" in the mainstream school population and the overall prevalence estimate is 2.64% or 1 in 38 (more than double the current prevalence estimate in the United States or the United Kingdom), according to April 2011 online research findings of the first population-based autism prevalence study in Korea and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
autismsciencefoundation...prevalence-of-autism-spectrum-disorders-in-a-total-population-sample~

SSRI Antidepressant use during pregnancy linked to and increase risk of autism spectrum disorders, according to a July 2011 research article
sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110704174618.htm
webmd.com...20110701/antidepressant-use-in-pregnancy-autism-risk~
ahealthblog.com/antidepressant-exposure-during-pregnancy-linked-to-autism-risk~
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21727247

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders: Anorexia nervosa, bulemia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and compulsive overeating are the most common among many others—Information and resources available on all of these eating challenges for children, teens and adults, including a July 2010 research report on the prevalence of adult anorexia.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_disorder
nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/complete-index.shtml
mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/ken98-0047/default.asp
nationaleatingdisorders.org/
adam.about.com/reports/Eating-disorders.htm
umm.edu/patiented/articles/what_causes_eating_disorders_000049_3.htm
healthyplace.com/eating-disorders/menu-id-58/
mentalhelp.net/poc/center_index.php?id=46
something-fishy.org/
eating-disorder.com/
eatingdisordersonline.com/
helpguide.org/mental/eating_disorder_treatment.htm
kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/eating_disorders.html
familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/children/teens/eating/277.html
aacap.org...Teenagers+with+Eating+Disorders&section=Facts+for+Families~
youngwomenshealth.org/eating_disorders.html
cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/diet.fitness/03/24/hb.adult.eating.disorders/index.html
healthyplace.com...adult-women-and-the-development-of-eating-disorders~
smh.com.au...adult-anorexia-the-forgotten-tragedy-of-lives-lost-to-illness~


Psychology Resources for Behavioral / Emotional Challenges & LGBT Resources  | Severe Psychological Challenges / Disorders /
Psychological Challenges, Disabilities, Illiteracy, Suicide Prevention & Caregiver Resources

Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Adults who experience Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adult ADD/ADHD) are about 4.4 percent of U.S. adults—some 10 million people—and less than one-quarter of them are aware of it: Learn about common symptoms, practical strategies/treatment approaches, and checklist criteria for the symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that typically is used with diagnosing children. Some links aim to adapt and extrapolate these symptoms to adults and offer a wide variety of resources and practical help. A September 2010 article in Parade Magazine notes that according to the Centers for Disease Control, 4.5 million children have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and experts still do not know with certainty what causes it. New research points to exposure to common pesticides, particularly organophosphate (a man-made toxin originally developed for chemical warfare and now used broadly in agriculture). An excerpt: "Scientists in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives write that children exposed to organophosphate while still in the womb have a higher chance of developing attention problems by age 5." Another study in the Journal of Health Economics raises the possibility that many kids diagnosed with ADHD do not, in fact, have it. According to Michigan State University economist Todd Elder, nearly one million children may be misdiagnosed. He writes "If a child is behaving poorly, if he’s inattentive, if he can’t sit still,” Elder says, “it may simply be because he’s 5 and the other kids are 6.” The American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have developed a medication guide for ADHD released in September 2010 with a link below to it in various formats.
online.wsj.com/article~
helpguide.org/mental/adhd_add_adult_symptoms.htm
help4adhd.org/en/treatment/guides/WWK9
netdoctor.co.uk/adhd/notjustachildhooddisorder.htm
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder
webmd.com/add-adhd/guide/adhd-adults
adult-adhd.com
medicinenet.com/adhd_in_adults/article.htm
help4adhd.org/index.cfm?varLang=en
help4adhd.org/en/living/relandsoc/WWK15
parade.com/health/2010/09/19-new-take-on-adhd.html
parade.com/health/2010/09/19-new-take-on-adhd.html
parentsmedguide.org
parentsmedguide.org/pmg_adhd.html

Marital Conflict and Impact on Health

Marital Conflict
drnoahoderberg.com/articles02mar.html

Hoarding

Hoarding: Experiencing traumatic and stressful life events linked to hoarding, according to research results released in May 2011. Other links provide descriptions and treatments for Compulsive Hoarding Syndrome.
sharecare.com/question/when-compulsive-hoarding-usually-begin
doctoroz.com/videos/tormented-hoarder
riversideonline.com/health_reference/Behavior-Mental-Health/DS00966.cfm
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20934847
sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0887618510001842
findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb4345/is_6_34/ai_n29281343/
onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/da.20684/abstract
obsessivecompulsions.com/featured/hoarding-syndrome/
mentalhealthtreatment.net/hoarding/
lifeslittlemysteries.com/what-causes-hoarding-1032/
qualityhealth.com/mental-health-articles/experts-take-hoarding-part-1
qualityhealth.com/mental-health-articles/experts-take-hoarding-part-2

Disabilities

Resources for people with disabilities: Economic, business, employment, internet, hiking resources and a guide to helpful resources/Assistive Technologies to work more effectively with computers or printed materials for people with disabilities
dol.gov/dol/audience/aud-disability.htm
portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/topics/information_for_disabled_persons
makoa.org/index.htm
icdri.org
oaklandlibrary.org/services/pwdcomputertraining.html
kpope.com/assistech/index.php
toolworks.org
familyvillage.wisc.edu/general/employmt.htm
business.gov/industries/disabled-people
rileyguide.com/abled.html
sc.edu/career/Webresources/disability.html
opm.gov/DISABILITY
disabledonline.com/link-directory/employment
utexas.edu/disability
dynamicoandp.com/disability.asp
disaboom.com
jik.com/disaster.html
ready.gov/america/getakit/disabled.html
thisabled.com
gorp.com/weekend-guide/travel-ta-people-with-disabilities-sidwcmdev_053249.html

The number of U.S. children with developmental disabilities has been climbing over the past decade, reaching nearly one in six in 2006 to 2008, according to a June 2011 governmental report.
reuters.com/article/2011/05/23/us-developmental-disabilities-inching-up~

Dating sites for people with disabilities
nytimes.com/2010/12/28/health/28dating.html?_r=1&ref=health

Guide for People With Disabilities Seeking Employment (Americans with Disabilities Act): The U. S. Government has put online this simple 2-page guide.
bit.ly/bDKENPope

Service dogs provide help for people to better manage their disabilities/challenges: Service dogs help in so many ways, including as skilled assistance dogs for the disabled, hearing dogs for the deft, diabetes dogs, Alzheimer's helper dogs, Parkinson's disease helper dogs, and psychiatric service dogs (including those with severe psychological challenges, anxiety, and epileptic seizures. Many breeds can be trained as service dogs, with Labradors and Golden retrievers being the most commonly used.
mayoclinic.org/news2009-mchi/5553.html
catanddoghelp.com/index.php
catanddoghelp.com/servani/index.php

Illiteracy and Literacy Worldwide

Literacy & Top 30 Native Languages worldwide—A shocking look at illiteracy around the world and state-by-state in the United States along with prevalence of 30 native languages around the world: Resources to address people who lack basic literacy skills are offered through the links below.
realonlinedegrees.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/literacy-1024x716.jpg
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_illiteracy
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Literacy_Project
google.com/literacy
lincs.ed.gov
literacy.org
literacycenter.net/lessonview_en.php
ncrel.org/sdrs/areas/li0cont.htm
literacyconnections.com
theliteracysite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=6
hubbardscupboard.org/literacy.html

Suicide Prevention / Hotlines

Suicide prevention, suicide hotlines and crisis resources (and assessing and responding to suicide risk):
metanoia.org/suicide
suicidehotlines.com
ulifeline.org/main/page/53/suicideprevention
suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Veterans
psychcentral.com/resources/Suicide_and_Crisis
counselingcenter.illinois.edu/?page_id=148
suicidepreventionlifeline.org
sfsuicide.org/index2.html
save.org
afsp.org
psycom.net/depression.central.suicide.html
yellowribbon.org
sprc.org
spanusa.org
who.int/mental_health/prevention/suicide/suicideprevent/en
nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/suicide-prevention/index.shtml
kspope.com/suicide/index.php

Please also see Dr. Friedman's "Clinician's and Psychological Professionals" page, "Universal Forms, Inventories and Approaches (Downloads)" and specifically his adapted "Assessing Suicidal Risk" that compiles four of the best checklists available.
willjoelfriedman.com/paperPro.html

Resources for consumers of health and business services: Information is available for checking professional licenses and complaints with a given licensed practitioner and reporting complaints regarding health services, business, identity theft, automotive repair, home improvement, landlord/tenant and so on through the California Department of Consumer Affairs. An invaluable set of resources for consumers. Several links are provided to two websites to run focused background checks to verify personal identity data and professional credentials when you are seriously considering a business partnership, hiring an employee, detecting possible fraud or a primary relationship or marriage. Lexisnexis.com provides what they call "26 solutions" for identity verification and authentication, while Intelius.com offers many protection services including a background check, people search and employee screening among others. While these services are controversial given serious privacy concerns, they are provided purely as informational and does not imply a recommendation in any manner. it may be prudent to consider such services or even hiring a private investigator (PI) depending on how much you are investing---forewarned is forearmed and what you don't know can hurt you very badly. Links to several fraud hotlines and related information and resources are listed below to avoid scams and help stop fraud. Links are also provided for reporting of suspected child, elder, couple, and developmentally disabled adult when "reasonable suspicion" is present. The national reporting of child abuse is available through the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-422-4453) and the county Child Protective Services child abuse hotline. The California Department of Social Services is directly responsible for all the child and adult protective services in California. The Childhelp's Children's Center of California has a long history of making a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in California along with providing the national child abuse hotline above. The April 2010 issue of Psychiatric News offers the article "What's behind soaring number of 'Emotional Neglect' cases?" which notes how according to a new government study, the number of children removed from families and placed in foster care continues to rise, even as the number of cases of other forms of child neglect and abuse has fallen substantially in recent years.
dca.ca.gov
dca.ca.gov/about_dca/entities.shtml
mbc.ca.gov
psychboard.ca.gov
bbs.ca.gov
privacy.ca.gov
bar.ca.gov
cslb.ca.gov
dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml

Caregivers Resources

Resources for Caregivers and their Clinicians: Articles, books, and web sites, all compiled by Ken Pope—A terrific link. Recommended.
kspope.com/payton/caregiving.php

Steep rise in people caring for elderly parents taking its toll on the health and finances of many baby boomers, June 2011 study finds: The percent of adult children taking care of their parents has tripled since 1994, with nearly 10 million people who are 50 and older doing so in 2008. The average toll on care providers who are 50 or older averages $303,880 per person in lost wages, pensions and Social Security benefits over their lifetime, due to leaving the work force early to care for a parent, and for women the cost is higher still averaging $324,044! Another study in 2010 found that depression, hypertension, diabetes and pulmonary disease were among caregivers' more-common health problems along with higher rates of stress, more likely to smoke or drink alcoholic beverages, and less likely to get preventive health screenings like mammograms.
online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304665904576383483508416152.html

Help and resources for caregivers of Dementia/Azheimer's/FTLD
...metlife.com...since-you-care-guides/mmi-alzheimers-disease-caregiving-challanges~
athealth.com/consumer/disorders/alzcareguide.html
mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers-caregiver/HO00125
ahaf.org/alzheimers/livingwith/caregiving.html
helpguide.org/elder/alzheimers_disease_dementia_support_caregiver.htm
helpguide.org/elder/alzheimers_disease_dementias_caring_caregivers.htm
nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/resourcelist.htm
nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/caregiverguide.htm
alzonline.phhp.ufl.edu

 


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