Resources

For some people, therapy is enough of a resource to help them through their issues. However, you may want more than therapy, including information on your situation, as well as information and referrals for problems related to depression and anxiety, as well as physical health issues that can lead to challenges in regard to mental health. There are also a vast number of resources regarding issues related to psychology, counseling and psychotherapy, and mental wellness. I chose a few that you will hopefully find helpful.

Depression

Please note that sometimes people can be experiencing depression and anxiety yet aren't aware of it. That's because there can be atypical symptoms, such as anger or overeating. Also, depression can range from "blue" to severe, which can make it hard to understand the type and severity of depression you may be experiencing. For more information on depression, three good resources for learning about the types of depression and other mental health issues are Depression Central by Dr. Ivan, depression symptoms, and treatment for depression.

There are places to go for support for depression and bi-polar illness. To locate a depression or bi-polar support group in your area, Bi-polar focus has listings by city. For depression support, check out Health Central. Dysthymia is a mild, longer-term form of depression. Read about dysthymia at the National Mental Health Association.

Anxiety

As with depression, some people experience an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety, social anxiety, or panic attacks (or a mild form of panic attacks but is highly disturbing nonetheless) and not realize it. For information on anxiety-related disorders and panic attacks, you can visit the National Mental Health Association's webpage on panic disorder. A couple of other sites that you can take a look at include the National Institute of Mental Health or the WebMD on various anxiety disorders.

Grief support groups

If you have lost a loved one, life can be especially hard. If you're having trouble coping, you can visit The Help Guide. Another option to consider is Grief Share: Grief Recovery Support Groups.

Support and counseling for cancer

The emotions and fear following a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Visit Mesothelioma Resource page to be connected to a patient advocate, who can help you navigate your medical options or Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Counseling Resources to learn more about the benefits of quality counseling for those suffering from malignant mesothelioma, and cancer in general.

Here is a list of other cancer survivor support groups

Self-help

A few websites provide general assistance. You can try SHARE!, which has a $10 to $20 monthly fee. Or try Self-help.

Addictions

You may be struggling with addiction or substance abuse. There are myriad types of addictions and treatment. Where to begin can be confusing. For help with both addiction and substance abuse, the Help Guide is a page with several resources, including 12-step and general recovery links. I offer additional resources in my article Addiction and Recovery Primer. For those of you with co-occurring disorders (used to be known as dual diagnosis – an addiction with a mental illness), the following page has a lot of helpful information regarding co-occurring disorders

Coming Out / Gay-Lesbian

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, please go to the LGBT therapy page. For support and additional information regarding coming out and what to expect as you go through the process, Oasis Journals has some interesting stories. You can also learn more about the stages of coming out.

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