Mirror, Mirror Eating Disorders

mirror mirrorUpfront, this website is not a website that is for a person who needs a Doctor who would come and tell you what to do with your Eating Disorder or whether you even have an Eating Disorder.  However; that being said, this website is well worth it’s weight (no pun intended) as it understands and appreciates the suffering and shame you might be going through.

Started back in 1997 by Colleen Thompson, when she was having an eating disorder issue, she wanted to educate herself and provide support to herself and others who need assistance from the eating disorder.  Mirror, Mirror even asks that if you do not find the information on their website that pertains to you that you can email them and they will either try to include the information or direct you to a website or to somewhere where the information can be found.

With any kind of disorder people are suffering from, there are two things:  people don’t want to have it (of course), and people want to know they are not suffering alone.  This site helps those who suffer from Eating Disorders to alleviate the later, and hopefully the former.

Is It Normal?

is it normalMany people think things or have questions that they are afraid to ask others and wonder, “Is it normal to feel this way?”  The average citizen may or may not be able to afford a psychologist or have a friend who can inform them in the manner that they best feel necessary.  In this website, “Is It Normal,” you can ask others questions and get responses without feeling awkward and odd about asking that question you wanted to know.

They also are located on Twitter and Facebook, and do have password protected user information, moderated questions (of course, everyone does ask questions to find out if it is all normal, but it IS moderated), and there is also an IIN Gold Membership, which you can pay to have special membership duties, such as quicker moderation, jazzier profile pages, and more.

Make the Connection: Veterans Stories & Support

make the connectionIf you are a veteran, or a family member or a friend of a veteran and searching for help, you are not alone.  Through the US Department of Veterans Affairs, this website will offer you a plethora of help.  With connections through Facebook and through Youtube, not to mention videos onsite and self-assessments; this site is a very good place to visit when needing help that you earned.

There is also a free Veterans Crisis Line to call, a resource locator, and a very awesome site customizer.  You served our country, and served it selflessly.  Don’t let this site pass you by!

Alzheimer Research Forum Home

alzhiemers research foundationThe Alzheimer Research Forum Home is a one stop site for those who have to deal with the awful experience of alzheimers.  What can a person or a family do?  First step:  knowledge is indeed power.

This site definitely has a lot of knowledge  inside its’ boundaries.  There are lots of news, research and discussion about Alzheimer’s and ways to go about treating it [mostly be it at a professional/researcher stance] and dealing with the issues at hand.  Discuss possible issues with other members by becoming a member and leaving a comment.  Best of all, become a better informed Alzheimer’s caregiver or researcher.

Knowledge is indeed power, and to those who have Alzheimer’s–some of their memory has disappeared–let’s increase ours and fight this insidious disease.

 

 

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Birth Psychology (APPPAH)

birth psychologyThe Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) helps benefit pregnant women and the overall general community by helping to expound on the field of birth psychology.

There is nothing sweeter than seeing a newborn baby and holding it and loving it.  It is very important to understand (and is becoming more apparent) that babies understand many things going on around them, even inside their mothers’ womb.  Babies can hear the music their parents listen to and kick, or parents can read a story and the baby will hear the story.  We are finally understanding this as well as psychologists and as adults.

The Association for Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health has many different ways for us to understand babies and ourselves better.  There are journals, newsletters, articles, books and recordings.  There are many different stories in the news for people who are interested to read and finally, there are directories and conferences with APPPAH members.  For 25 years, the APPPAH has been working towards helping babies and their families understand each other and the world.

Homeless Resource Center

homeless resource centerSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Homelessness Resource Center (HRC) has an interactive learning community about homelessness and how to deal with and hopefully abolish it.

There are people from Federal, State and local levels, as well as those in need of services.  Offered as well is free online training, a library, and topics.

World Association of Psychoanalysis

world of associations wapThe World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP) is a societal-organizational website for those who are interested in and heavily influenced by psychoanalysis.  The WAP is working on a Members Area, and already have a Local Directory created.

Also included within this huge site is different videos, publications and news.  There are also different symposiums and conferences from many different countries.  Speaking of these different countries, the WAP has FIVE different translations  available:  English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

While the copyright of the website started in 2008, it does appear some of the information does need to be updated, such as some of the translations are not copied over to the correct language, and the Members Area is not complete, but it does look like work is being done and there appears to be a plethora of information available as it is.

 

 

Psych Web

psych webWelcome to Psych Web written by Dr. Russ Dewey! This web site contains APA Style Resources, a couple of full-length classics in psychology:  Sigmund Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams and William James’ Varieties of Religious Experiences; and Psych Web includes Tip Sheets for Psychology students.

There is even a 725 page Introduction to Psychology textbook located on site, free of charge to read and print!  This site has many informative and helpful links that I still have yet to mention, but as you can see, it is well worth a visit!

Finally, to top it all off, there are a few Self-Help Resources listed, from Abuse:  Physical and Sexual to Violent Behavior.