Mood and Anxiety  – Anxiety and Depression Association of America.  – Anxiety Resource Center.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders – One of the leading autism science and advocacy organizations. Autism Speaks provides a comprehensive resource guide for all states. The site also offers a list of apps that parents may find useful, including games that focus on communication and social skills. – Includes helpful resources for those with autism, family members, as well as professionals. Also offers updates on the latest autism news and press releases. – Run by a network of professionals and parents, Autism New Jersey strives to provide New Jersey residents affected by autism with the most up to date information, including info on Health Care and insurance mandates in New Jersey. – The Autism Research Institute focuses on researching the causes of autism, as well as developing safe and effective treatments for those currently affected by the disorder. – Managed by parents, AutismWeb includes insights on different autism teaching methods. Also provides a forum where parents can go to share their stories, give updates on their children’s progress, and share recipes that may be useful for picky eaters. – The Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association website offers some great resources for those with higher functioning autism. Provides a list of summer programs and day camps in New York, as well as useful questions to ask when choosing a camp or summer program for your special needs child. – Started by a parent of a child with autism, Autism Highway is both informative and fun. Easy to navigate, it provides an extensive list of events and specialists. Includes many fun games. – Autism Beacon strives to supply the best resources for autism treatments. Presents a lengthy range of articles, including sensitive topics such as bullying and sexuality. – Includes information on different therapy treatments. The site focuses on the top 12 used by parents, but also includes useful information on nearly 100 additional therapies

Tourette’s and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders  – CDC’s site for kids with Tourette’s.  – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation.

ADHD – Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a national nonprofit for families, educators, professionals, students, and organizations providing information and educational resources about ADHD, CHADD. It has more than 200 chapters in the United States and provides a directory of professionals offering support services for individuals and families living with ADHD. – The Attention Deficit Disorder Association advocates for public policy and legislative change and coordinates ADHD Awareness Week to increase public recognition and understanding. Site visitors can find scholarly articles about ADHD, coping tools, and support groups in their area. ADDA also holds an Annual Community Health Conference and webinars for ADDA members. – ADHD Aware is an independent nonprofit organization run by people with ADHD for people with ADHD. ADHD Aware offers tool kits for adults and children, as well as a professional directory and resource links for ADHD advocacy, co-morbid conditions, child-specific issues, and education. Site visitors can access gender-specific information and support clubs to empower children and teens living with ADHD.  – Online version of ADDitude Magazine is a comprehensive resource for adults and children with ADHD, as well as parents and family members of such individuals. ADDitude Magazine provides information about medication, dietary tips, and tools for educating and parenting ADHD children. Site visitors are able to share personal stories, connect with others through support groups, and receive bimonthly e-newsletters with recent news and information.

Diet and Supplements – Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. Fantastic resource for learning the latest on vitamins, minerals and some herbs. Reliable, current and free to use. If you click on Micronutrient Information Center, a wealth of information is right at your fingertips. If you click under Disease Index, you can look up which supplements might be beneficial for a specific health condition. –  Food for the Brain is a non-profit educational charity, created by a group of nutritional therapists, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, teachers and scientists to promote the link between nutrition and mental health. – A resource for herbal medicine research and news. Some parts of the site require subscription.  – A subscription service that provides independent testing and documentation of supplements.  – Find a list of the ingredients and directions to your most common supplements listed by brand.  – A nonprofit, free program that does independent testing of fish oil supplements. Access is free.  – National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. A resource for overall and safety information on complementary and alternative treatments.  – Natural Standard is a subscription website that provides evidence based information on dietary supplements and treatments. –  Another site that requires subscription and provides evidence-based information and recommendations on supplements.  – Nonprofit organization that “sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplement…” A free resource for finding information on brands and safety. – A collection of videos showcasing the latest research on the health benefits of whole, plant based foods. – Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Informational website on health benefits and ethics of plant-based diets. – A comprehensive directory for searching out the healthiest and most sustainable options in your local food sphere!

Online Databases – Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Frequently updated scientifically based information on natural medicines. Excellent for clinicians. – Independent collaboration of international clinicians and researchers who created a database which can be searched by CAM subject or by medical condition. Quality of evidence is graded for each supplement. Soon to have Palm version. (Individual subscriber $99/year). – HerbMed provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an impartial, evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public. – MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. Offers reliable, up-to-date health information for free. – Database for foods and their nutritional values and benefits, how to use, etc.

Government Agencies – The ODS supports research and disseminates research results in the area of dietary supplements. It produces The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database, which provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. – NCCAM, as part of the NIH, maintains a free website that provides health information, research, clinical trials, training opportunities and information about complementary and alternative therapies. You can subscribe online for a free “NCCAM at the NIH” quarterly newsletter. – AHRQ is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As one of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports health services research that will improve the quality of health care and promote evidence-based decision making. AHRQ has a section entitled Complementary and Alternative Care that has a number of meta-analyses and/or systematic reviews for treatments such as garlic, milk thistle, omega-3 fatty acids, melatonin, SAMe and others. – Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)  oversees the safety and labeling of supplements, foods, and cosmetics. Publications include “Tips for the Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions and Evaluating Information.”

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) – oversees the safety and labeling of supplements, foods, and cosmetics. Publications include “Tips for the Savvy Supplement User: Making Informed Decisions and Evaluating Information.” – Health Canada. The Canadian government regulates natural health products in Canada licensing products with proof of safety and efficacy. This is a very helpful site—it lists products licensed in Canada and has helpful monographs.

Publications – CAM on PubMed, a database on the Web developed jointly by NCCAM and the National Library of Medicine, offers citations articles in scientifically based, peer- reviewed journals on complementary and alternative medicine. It contains 220,000 citations, has links to full text, and allows searchers to limit retrievals by publication type. Look for the Alerts and Advisories, treatment information, resources, links to other organizations (FDA, AHRQ, ODS etc.). – The Cochrane Library is a collection of science-based reviews from the Cochrane Collaboration, an international nonprofit organization that seeks to provide “up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care.” Abstracts of these reviews can be read on the Web without charge.

Integrative and Functional Medicine – Institute for Functional Medicine. – American Academy of Anti-Aging. – Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. – American Psychiatry Association’s division recognizing and fostering research, information, and discussion about integrative psychiatry. – American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. – Global advocacy group for integrative mental health. – Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

Meditation and Retreats – The Art of Living Foundation is involved in research on pranayama (yogic breathing) and has published many articles on its effectiveness. They offer occasional local training on pranayama and meditation. – Esalen is located in Big Sur and has a long tradition in offering retreats and conferences in psychology, the arts, and spiritual growth. – Omega is located in upstate New York and offers many conferences and retreats on creativity and wellness. – Developed and run by Alan Wallace, Ph.D., who translated for many years for the Dalai Lama and is now involved in training and research in meditation. – Spirit Rock is located in Marin County and offers meditation and spiritual retreats as well as various conferences. Spirit Rock was co-founded by Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. who writes extensively on Buddhist psychology.