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American Psychiatric Association [web resource]

americanpsychiatricassoc363The American Psychiatric Association is primarily a professional organization of psychiatrists working together to ensure humane care and effective treatment for all persons with mental illness, including substance use disorders.

In addition to serving the professional needs of its membership, the APA also focuses on building knowledge and understanding of psychiatric conditions. As a service to the community,  the American Psychiatric Association website  has an online library with accessible content that was designed for a general audience, patients, and their families.

Mental Health Conditions

Learn about common mental disorders, including symptoms, risk factors and treatment options. Entries include relevant blog posts, a Q & A by leading psychiatrists, stories from people living with the condition, and links to additional resources.

The following is a partial list of resource topics:

Anxiety Disorders
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Bipolar Disorders
Depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Disruptive, Impulse Control and Conduct Disorders
Eating Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Personality Disorders
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Specific Learning Disorder

Additional Topics

Also, check out following articles on the American Psychiatric Association website:

Warning Signs of Mental Illness
Climate Change and Mental Health Connections
Coping After Disaster, Trauma
Internet Gaming
Suicide Prevention
Your Guide to DSM-5


A screening can help you determine if you or someone you care about should contact a mental health professional. Clinical Services Coordinators can arrange a free 30 minute Care Consultation so you can explore options with an expert. Call or email our Clinical Services Coordinators at 650.688.3625 or careteam@chconline.org to set up an initial Consultation appointment.

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