Mood Disorders
(Depression and Bipolar)

Bipolar Disorder - Patient and Family Guide Guide to Mood Disorders
Depression Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Depression Central Self-help for Suicide and Depression
Depression in Children and Adolescents Treatment Guidelines


Bipolar Disorder - Patient and Family Guide:
This is a companion site to the Treatment Guidelines site. It contains excellent information for families and mental health professionals. (Available in Spanish).


This pamphlet is a very high quality overview of depression, including various treatments, from the respected National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). As in many publications, some of the information on medications is out of date or incomplete (also in Spanish). 

Depression Central:

An excellent resource for all kinds of information related to depression. Dr. Ivan Goldberg, who runs this site, is very active on the internet and well respected.

Depression in Children and Adolescents
This is an excellent summary, from NIMH, including references.

Guide to Mood Disorders:
This is a useful, comprehensive manual from the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association (NDMDA) for consumers, family members and clinicians (1999).

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):

Sponsored by the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms (SLTBR), this is a good comprehensive site for information on seasonal affective disorder, winter depression, and related mood disorders.

Self-help for Suicide and Depression:

This is a self-help site regarding issues of suicide and depression. It includes very practical self-help techniques for dealing with negative thoughts and manic states. 

Treatment Guidelines:
This site contains the "expert consensus" treatment guidelines for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. These are very useful, but differ from the American Psychiatric Association's practice guidelines, which are more comprehensive (some of which are available on line at These "expert consensus" treatment guidelines have also been used in developing the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) guidelines, which are on this site under"Medications." For yet another important set of treatment guidelines, see the Schizophrenia Treatment guidelines (PORT) listed (under Schizophrenia) on the Specific Psychiatric Disorders page and also on the Medications page.

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