There are so many places to go to find out about your diagnosis and the medications that you are on that it would be nearly impossible to list them all. We have compiled a partial list of on-line places to begin. The important thing here is that you seek them out. Being educated on what is happening to you is a large part of recovery. Sometimes the names sound rather scary and the stigma that you, yourself, have makes you want to run from them. Do the opposite. Run to the library, the computer or even your treatment provider. Ask questions and seek answers. You will find that your future may not be as bleak as it first may seem.
Here are some fact sheets and links for more information that may help you in your research: Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s Disease
Brain and Behavior Research Foundation has explanations of a variety of mental health diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia and more in addition to some of the latest research and treatment innovations. You can find more information about them on their website: bbrfoundation.org
If the medicalese puts you to sleep or the thought of asking your doctor about your medication-related sexual dysfunction makes you shake in fear, then start with biographies. The true stories of people who have the same or similar diagnoses as you are a good window into some of what you either are or could be facing or have faced already. You can learn from their mistakes and rejoice with their triumphs. One man who has schizophrenia has put together a thoughtful list and review of resources, including biographies, that are helpful on that topic. Check it out here.
Another option to text books or scholarly articles are videos created by reputable sources such as the Depression Bipolar Alliance or other valid sources. These videos usually have a mix of recovery stories and factual information. For those who don’t enjoy reading nonfiction, it is a good alternative. We have listed a couple below to show you where to start.