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Web Sites Worth Watching
Psychiatric Services 2000; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.51.4.440
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Psychiatric Services offers a monthly listing of mental-health-related Web sites and other sites of interest. The list changes monthly as new sites are identified, existing sites add new features, and different categories of sites are included. We'd like maintaining the list to be an interactive process, so tell us about your favorite sites or what you'd like to be able to find on the Web. You can reach us by e-mail at psjournal@psych.org.

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Depression Screening—depression-screening.org

The depression-screening.org Web site is sponsored by the National Mental Health Association (NMHA) as part of its Campaign for America's Mental Health. The site's mission is to educate people about clinical depression, offer a confidential way for them to get screened for symptoms of the illness, and guide them toward appropriate professional help if necessary. The ten-item screening test, which is available in Spanish, reflects DSM-IV criteria. People with high scores are advised to seek help, and those who indicate any suicidal thoughts are urged to get an immediate evaluation from their doctor or at an emergency room. The site features personal stories from four people whose depression was successfully treated. It also describes education and advocacy opportunities for those who want to participate in NMHA's campaign and provides links to a dozen sources for education and referrals.

American Federation for Aging Research—www.afar.org AFAR expects to award $6.5 million in research grants in 2000. The site offers information on applying for or contributing to funds.

Alcohol Research & Health—silk.nih.gov/silk/niaaa1/publication/aharw.htm This quarterly scientific journal, formerly Alcohol Health & Research World, offers abstracts of current and recent issues, along with information on how to subscribe and view the full text online.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator—wwwdasis.samhsa.gov/ufds/welcome.htm This on-line version of the most recent National Directory of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Treatment Programs can be searched and displays a map that shows the location of treatment programs that meet users' search specifications.

National Institute on Aging—www.nih.gov/nia Sections include general information about the NIA, news and events, health information, and information about research programs, funding and training, and the National Advisory Council on Aging.

Go Ask Alice!—www.goaskalice.columbia.edu The Columbia University Health Education Program has experts answer anonymous questions, which are archived on the site under headings such as general health, relationships, sexuality, sexual health, emotional health, and alcohol, nicotine, and other drugs.

Health Central—healthcentral. com/news/news.cfm Presents the current health news in searchable format and in categories, which include top stories, business and government, health and wellness, science and medicine, sex and relationships, kids and family, and alternative medicine.

Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network—www.nattc.org Furnishes information and training resources to aid professionals in providing care for people with substance use disorders. Sections of the site include regional locations, news, research findings, training opportunities, tools for practitioners, and general information about the network.

Caring Online—caringonline.com Dedicated to those suffering from eating disorders and their friends, families, and caregivers, this exhaustive site offers topics ranging from news, expert advice, and treatment options to poetry, personal stories, and photographs.

The Whole Brain Atlas—www.med.harvard.edu/aanlib/home.html This project, funded by Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the American Academy of Neurology, offers high-quality brain images and corresponding clinical information. Images are classified into the following sections: normal brain, cerebrovascular disease, neoplastic disease, degenerative disease, and inflammatory infectious disease. Each group of images is further subdivided into specific diseases and conditions.

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