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Welcome to the Fools Against Depression (FAD) FAQ

Who is welcome here?
Everyone, of course. We hope this board and FAQ will be especially useful to those who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder, or who have friends or family members who are depressed/bipolar.


If you are thinking about suicide (or know someone who is), please read this first:

A link to suicide hotlines across the country.

The link to the Samaritans, a free, volunteer suicide hotline, non-judgemental, non-religious; the phone # is only in New York though. Also provides a link about suicide, myths and facts, and related.

Have a Heart's Depression Resource: A Rest Stop from Depression and Thoughts of Suicide. This site was created by a person dealing with depression for more than 14 years. Thoughtful and extensive site of articles dealing with depression in general, in addition to issues regarding suicide.

Note: most of the following sites related to depression also have information on bipolar disorder, panic attacks, anxiety disorder, and medications and therapies. More specific sites related to these issues are listed after the depression sites.


<>'s depression site. Lots of helpful info, including all medications. Also message boards.

Depression Forums--more message boards, including boards for each medication

"the largest consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view." Extensive mental health self-help site with many articles, links, forums, chats, and other resources.

One of the oldest depression sites on the web. Articles, links, booklists, chats, discussion boards and more.

Main site of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (formerly the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association)

Psychology Information Online: Depression - Information and Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions from the sponsors of National Depression Screening Day

Personal page dealing with depression. "Because Depression is an ILLNESS, not a state of mind or a weakness! I started this site in 1998 while I was recovering from depression. Depression is not easy, nor is recovering from it; nor is answering all those questions & comments I had to listen to. These questions and comments came from family & friends, some well-meaning, and others not. What they had in common was a misunderstanding of the illness."

This is the homepage of the New York City Mood Disorder Support Group. Has online newsletters, articles, lectures, news, and lots of other great information.

" is a consumer oriented health information website. It provides free access to high quality health and wellness information, written specifically for the lay person." Also links to the Physician's Desk Reference.

Bipolar Disorder:

BiPolar Significant Others. The information on this site is intended to provide information and support to the families, friends and loved ones of those who suffer from bipolar disorder (manic-depression). These resources have helped many of us inform ourselves, cope with behaviors that sometimes arise from the illness, better understand our own reactions, and determine how we may best support our loved ones in their efforts to understand and live with this often terrible disease.

Pendulum Resources, and online support group for manic depressives. This is possibly one of the best known and oldest Internet sites on bipolar disorders.

Free bipolar disorder Personal Calender, a good daily mood journal for monitoring mood changes, medications, etc.. This can be printed from online:

Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Anxiety Disorders FAQ

Anti-Anxiety 101, a great post by InLivingColor


Antidepressants drug database

Internet drug index; also libraries for various health issues, including mental health

Therapy and Counseling:
Great post from MarciaBee on therapists. Remember, your therapist is working for you.

Feeling Good--the website of David Burns, author of the book by the same title

Selfhope--a free online resource devoted to helping you conquer depression (this is a positive-thinking therapy)

information on Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Counseling over the internet via instant messaging
(not operational when I checked the link)

Other miscellaneous sites posters have found helpful:

Personal site with resources for depression and self-injury

The Highly Sensitive Person--not really depression-related, but a good site for HSP's (the site has a self-test to see if you are)

Good site on getting organized. I've found the idea of babysteps and routines (doing stuff on a regular basis, not necessarily her routines) to be very helpful.

"The title of this website summarizes my mission. I believe that we were created to be whole, joyful people, each with our own unique personality and purpose. However, many of us, for whatever reasons, have become stunted, stuck, or broken, unable to fully blossom. If we do inner work, we can reverse this situation and become who we were created to be."

Alternative and natural medicine

Health information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health

National Organization for Rare Diseases


Feeling Good: the new mood therapy by David Burns (the definitive book on cognitive therapy)
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs. In FEELING GOOD, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life.

The Wisdom of Depression: a guide to understanding and curing depression using natural medicine by Jonathan Zeuss
According to psychiatrist Jonathan Zuess, "depression can be a natural and healthy response ... designed to enhance your abilities to overcome difficult emotional challenges." Half of this book describes natural therapies for mild cases, allowing the person's internal healing processes, creative life energy, and spiritual journey to flourish. Depression only becomes an illness when it goes seriously wrong and doesn't resolve itself naturally, developing into major depressive disorder. In this case, he advocates a medical diagnosis, talk therapy, nutritional supplements, exposure to early morning light, and either conventional antidepressant drugs or herbal alternatives--all of which he discusses in detail.

Living Without Depression & Manic Depression: A Workbook for Maintaining Mood Stability by Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A. Some info from the back of the book: Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A., is a distinguished teacher, writer, and lecturer from Battleboro, Vermont. During her own lengthy battle with severe manic depression, she discovered a lack of books and resources to help people suffering from these illnesses. In response to this need, she began her own research and study project..." etc. Ms. Copeland has other publications, but I've only bought this one workbook. It is easy to use and I think an excellent workbook to refer to.

An Unquiet Mind by Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison. Copied from the bank of the book: Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and coauthor of the standard medical text, Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison is one of the foremost authorities on manic-depressive illness. She has also experienced it firsthand. ... In An Unquiet Mind Jamison examines manic-depression from the dual perspectives of the healer and the healed, revealing both its terrors and the cruel allure that at times prompted her to resist taking medication. She has emerged with a memoir of enormous candor, vividness, and wisdom, one of those rare books that have the power to transform lives--and even save them. I haven't finished reading this, but it is an excellent autobiographical narrative.
This is an autobiography; I find it good reading.

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron
Are you easily overwhelmed by stimuli? Affected by other people's moods? Easily startled? Do you need to withdraw during busy times to a private, quiet place? Do you get nervous or shaky if someone is observing you or competing with you? HSP, shorthand for "highly sensitive person," describes 15 to 20 percent of the population. Being sensitive is a normal trait--nothing defective about it. But you may not realize that, because society rewards the outgoing personality and treats shyness and sensitivity as something to be overcome. According to author Elaine Aron (herself an HSP), sensitive people have the unusual ability to sense subtleties, spot or avoid errors, concentrate deeply, and delve deeply. This book helps HSPs to understand themselves and their sensitive trait and its impact on personal history, career, relationships, and inner life, and offers advice for typical problems. The book is essential for you if you are an HSP--you'll learn a lot about yourself. It's also useful for people in a relationship with an HSP.

Some books on diet and depression:

Brain Chemistry Diet by Michael Lesser
Dr. Lesser's book attempts to help everyone, actually. He is a psychiatrist who claims to have helped many of his patients through nutrition, saving pharmaceuticals for those who really need more help than food can provide. He takes the personality types as currently understood and sorts them into 6 broad categories (aka "brain types"). Then he offers case studies which illustrate how each brain type functions when it is healthy and when it is unhealthy (i.e., "crisis"). He discusses the effects various foods and supplements have upon our brains. Finally, he offers nutritional guidelines to support our brains to maintain health, and how to use nutrition to help get our brains out of crisis.

Potatoes Not Prozac by Katherine DesMaissons
Dr. DesMaissons is psychologist who works primarily with alcoholics. She has developed a theory of sugar sensitivity which says, among other things, that some persons are more sensitive to sugar than others. That, for some people, sugar is so chemically addictive and mind-altering that it interferes with the ability to lead a functional life. DesMaissons includes nutritional charts for folks who are sugar sensitive, as well as help for sugar sensitives to make the transition from unhealthy eating to healthy eating.

The Mood Cure by Julia Ross
"The Mood Cure" describes dietary impacts on mood disorders. These include common food allergies (to wheat, milk, and other foods often eaten by children), addiction to carbohydrates (loaded into kiddie breakfast cereals, sodas, and countless other junk foods), lack of high-quality protein in the diet, causing lack of essential amino acids (the irreplaceable precursors to neurotransmitters), and hormone imbalances.

Other Fool boards you might find useful, depending on your circumstances:

Dreams and Foolish Slumber: <>
our dreams can help us delve into our subconscience

Death and Grieving: <>

Divorce: <>

Unemployment Blues: <>

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