Websites of the Month
StarD Sequenced Alternatives to Relieve Depression
This site explains a multisite, large-scale study exploring and comparing interventions for treatment-resistant depression. The study, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), is testing various combinations of psychotropic drugs and psychotherapies to better treat this type of depression. The site provides background on the study, a newsletter and information on patient care and family support.
NAS Board on Neuroscience and Behavioral Health
Visit this site to learn about a program of the National Academy of Sciences that fosters basic biobehavioral research and studies of health services for neurological, psychiatric and addictive disorders. The program's projects monitor quality of and patient access to behavioral health care. Projects also assess how advances in genetics and neuroscience apply to mental health disorders. Program reports are available on the site.
Behavioral Health Online
This site, geared for behavioral health professionals and consumers, offers case studies, continuing education, products, services and articles on mental health issues such as substance abuse and treatment for depression and Alzheimer's disease. Visitors can participate in the site's forums and chats and submit articles or other editorial comments. They can also access a list of conferences, an online bookstore and a referral service for patients.
Research in Eating Disorders
This page offers an overview of research reviewed at a recent workshop on anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, held at NIMH. The site reviews inroads into understanding neural and genetic underpinnings of eating disorders as well as research-based strategies for preventing and intervening with these disorders.
This site provides a communications and information center for people with chronic diseases, neurological conditions and disabilities and the health professionals and students who work with them. The site carries health-related news and features:
The RemedEase Community, forums where patients, psychologists and other health-care professionals discuss issues such as practice, ethics and legislation.
The RemedEase Directory, an index of more than 1,000 Web sites.
RemedEase Profiles, where professionals market their skills to potential employers.