Diseases of the mind are on the rise. Depression alone accounts for about 20% of all disability claims. The Websites here can help you understand mental illnesses, while keeping you abreast of the latest medical breakthroughs. - Lesley Alderman and Ratha Tep.

MentalHelp.net
Find out the symptoms, treatment and online resources for everything from anxiety to schizophrenia. This well-designed site lets you pose questions to psychologists, link to 1,600 journals, and search for conferences.

About.com Mental Health
Moderated by clinical psychologist Leonard Holmes, this site covers 30 distinct subject areas, such as stress management and personality disorders. You can access data from trusted sources like the National Library of Medicine. The Psych Medications section points out the side effects of certain drugs: Antipsychotic medications like Clozaril, for example, can lead to muscle weakness.

Anxiety Panic Internet Resource
A wonderful grass-roots site. There's extensive information on disorders like social anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behavior. Message boards focus on topics like agoraphobia, medications and self-help.

Born to Explore
Operated by Teresa Gallagher, a mother of two "active" children, the site explains the medical definition, history and misunderstandings about Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. ADHD is often misdiagnosed and many children are over-medicated. Besides reliable info, you'll find drug-free treatment alternatives, like boosting fish oil in your diet.

Dr. Ivan's Depression Central
Click Depression Central and you find a comprehensive disease-specific search engine. Type in "bipolar" and you get 64 results, from symptoms to detailed reports on prescription treatments. There are links to the Archives of General Psychiatry that explain that there is a genetic risk of depression, and an Australian site that tells of evidence linking depression and heart attacks.

National Institute of Mental Health
This sister site to the National Institutes of Health puts psychological terms into plain English. In the Reference section there are links to books, like Why Johnny Can't Cooperate: Coping with Attention Deficit Problems, brochures, clinical trials and the latest on autism.