Mental Illness


Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation’s site answers frequently asked questions about mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder, and discusses research advances in treating and understanding these illnesses.

This American Psychiatric Association Web site offers information on a range of mental health topics, from depression to confidentiality issues to managed care. Clearly-written brochures can be downloaded at the site, and there are also resources available to help find a psychiatrist, along with listings of hotline numbers.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America provides information about many forms of mental illness, treatment options, medication resources, and ways to get help.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Web site houses resources on a host of mental illnesses, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and borderline personality disorder. The site also provides information on treatments, support groups, and recovery from mental illness.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

The NIMH site is a well-organized and comprehensive resource for information about mental health. In addition to news releases, a list of current clinical trials, and intramural research reports, the site offers separate sections for the public, health practitioners, and researchers.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Focusing on both substance abuse and mental health, SAMHSA provides information on prevention, treatment, and recovery, along with helpline numbers and national reports and statistics. The site also provides a treatment center locator for addiction and mental health services.

Dana Articles

Appraising the Risks of Reefer Madness

(Read Q&A with Sir Robin Murray, M.D.)
Studies that have tied cannabis use to schizophrenia in the developing brain are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to marijuana. Our author, a noted British psychiatrist, offers a European perspective on issues such as the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids, dependence and cognitive impairment, and the implications of legalization.

The Age Gauge: Older Fathers Having Children

Is there a link between a father’s age and his child’s vulnerability to psychiatric problems? Two recent studies suggest that children born to middle-aged men are more likely than their older siblings to develop a range of mental difficulties, including bipolar disorder, autism, and schizophrenia.

The Brain Inflamed

Scientists are finding evidence that neuroinflammation can alter mood and cognition, perhaps enough to help cause psychiatric disorders.

Review: Brain On Fire

New York Post reporter Susannah Cahalan tells the astonishing true story of her inexplicable descent into madness and the brilliant, lifesaving diagnosis that nearly didn't happen.

Psychiatric Drug Development: Diagnosing a Crisis

When it comes to funding drug research to treat depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders, the global pharmaceutical industry prefers to invest its research dollars in cancer, metabolism, autoimmunity, and other disease areas. This comes despite the fact that one in five Americans currently take at least one psychiatric drug and that mental disorders are recognized worldwide.  The author traces the evolution of psychiatric drug development, the reasons for its retreat, and what needs to change to meet the growing demand.

Genetic Risk for Psychiatric Disease Observed Early in Development

In early research, scientists find that some brain "changes" thought to be due to progress of disease in cases like gene-specific Alzheimer''s in adults are already present in newborns.