With just a few keystrokes, we now have access to more health and medical information than in any other time in history. Reliable medical information can help you become a more active participant in your own health care, so you can work with your doctor to make informed decisions that protect your health.
Unfortunately, not all information on the internet is reliable, and this certainly extends to mental health. Some websites may post inaccurate or biased medical information while others are outdated. The fact of the matter is, anyone can post health information on the web — medical professionals and non-experts alike.
All of which makes deciding which websites to trust a challenge. So, what should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on the web?
According to the MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, you should ...
Consider The Source
As a general rule, websites sponsored by federal government agencies are reliable starting points. Online mental-health forums, not so much. In fact, believing information or following advice posted by nonprofessionals regarding mental disorders and treatments can be dangerous.
Here are some reliable sources for credible online information about mental health and mental illnesses:
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Find Youth Info
Health on the Net Foundation (provides Code of Conduct certification for medical and health websites)
MedlinePlus (U.S. Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health)
Mental Health America
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Kim Foundation
Treatment Advocacy Center
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