Links

Academy for Eating Disorders (AED)

A multidisciplinary professional organization that focuses on Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and related disorders. Also sponsors a newsletter and a conference.

American Dietetic Association

Clicking on Nutrition Resources will get you to information about eating disorders, including an extensive nutrition reading list.

American Obesity Association

AOA provides obesity awareness and prevention information.

Anna Westin Foundation

The Anna Westin Foundation is a nonprofit organization providing education, support and referral information to the general and professional public.

Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders

ANRED, which merged with the National Eating Disorders Association, still maintains its website. This site provides a wealth of information on eating disorders.

CampusBlues.com

This site provides information about the many issues facing students today, as well as other resources to support the mental health and well being of individuals as they move through major life transitions.

Dads and Daughters

DADs provides tools for fathers to strengthen relationships with their daughters and to transform the pervasive messages that value young women more for how they look than who they are.

Eating Disorders Anonymous

EDA provides information about local support group meetings.

Eating Disorders Coalition for Research, Policy & Action (EDC)

This website offers the opportunity to join advocacy efforts at the federal level.

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

Provides information, treatment resources, and client and provider e-mail message lists for all forms of eating disorders.

Finding Balance

A national organization dedicated to creating consumer awareness and understanding of non-extreme eating disorders, referred to clinically as Eating Disorders Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS).

GirlsHealth.gov

GirlsHealth.gov was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face.

Gürze Books

Gürze Books publishes and distributes a wide variety of book titles dealing with eating and body image issues.

Healthy Weight Network

Healthy Weight Network provides information and resources pertaining to the “health at any size” paradigm.

International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP)

IAEDP offers nationwide education, training, certification, and a semiannual conference for practitioners who treat people with eating disorders.

Media Education Foundation

Media Education Foundation produces and distributes video documentaries and other educational resources.

National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC)

NEDIC provides information and resources on eating disorders and food and weight preoccupation, a Canada-wide database of intervention resources, and Canadian Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

National Eating Disorders Screening Program

NEDSP provides eating disorders screening.

National Health Information Center

NHIC offers a nationwide referral service, produces directories and resource guides.

National Institutes of Health

This home page provides information on a variety of health issues currently under study at the NIH.

National Institute of Mental Health

This home page provides information on a number of mental health issues, including information about eating disorders. (see links to specific articles from the NIMH, below)

National Women’s Health Information Center

The National Women’s Health Information Center is a government agency with free health information for women.

Something Fishy

This extensive page provides numerous links and lots of information about eating disorders and body image issues.

GoodTherapy.org

GoodTherapy.org is an association of therapists who believe people are equipped to transform the obstacles to optimum health and happiness. By providing information about counseling and therapy to consumers, GoodTherapy.org promotes healthy psychotherapy within the professional community and the public at large.


Information from The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children. Children with ADHD have impaired functioning in multiple settings, including home, school, and in relationships with peers. If untreated, the disorder can have long-term adverse effects into adolescence and adulthood. Read more…

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. Read more…

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), also known as Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDDs), cause severe and pervasive impairment in thinking, feeling, language, and the ability to relate to others. These disorders are usually first diagnosed in early childhood and range from a severe form, called autistic disorder, through pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), to a much milder form, Asperger syndrome. They also include two rare disorders, Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder. Read more…

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a serious medical illness that causes shifts in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to function. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. Read more…

Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a serious mental illness characterized by pervasive instability in moods, interpersonal relationships, self-image, and behavior. This instability often disrupts family and work life, long-term planning, and the individual’s sense of self-identity. Originally thought to be at the “borderline” of psychosis, people with BPD suffer from a disorder of emotion regulation. While less well known than schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (manic-depressive illness), BPD is more common, affecting 2 percent of adults, mostly young women. There is a high rate of self-injury without suicide intent, as well as a significant rate of suicide attempts and completed suicide in severe cases. Patients often need extensive mental health services, and account for 20 percent of psychiatric hospitalizations. Yet, with help, many improve over time and are eventually able to lead productive lives. Read more…

Depression

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad, but these feelings are usually fleeting and pass within a couple of days. When a person has a depressive disorder, it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him or her. Depression is a common but serious illness, and most who experience it need treatment to get better.

Many people with a depressive illness never seek treatment. But the vast majority, even those with the most severe depression, can get better with treatment. Intensive research into the illness has resulted in the development of medications, psychotherapies, and other methods to treat people with this disabling disorder. Read more…

Eating Disorders

An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is present when a person experiences severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating, or feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape. Read more…

Grief & Loss


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as handwashing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Read more…

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress Read more…

PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat. Read more…

Self Injury


Social Phobia

Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, is diagnosed when people become overwhelmingly anxious and excessively self-conscious in everyday social situations. People with social phobia have an intense, persistent, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of doing things that will embarrass them. They can worry for days or weeks before a dreaded situation. This fear may become so severe that it interferes with work, school, and other ordinary activities, and can make it hard to make and keep friends. Read more…