We have selected these links because we feel that they may be
helpful to primary care physicians. Some of these links may also be of interest to the
Primary Care Physicians
- Sometimes a primary care physician wishes to treat a behavioral
problem in his own office. We will be happy to see the patient for a single consultation
or discuss the case by phone. Our staff can give a second opinion on psychiatric
medication management issues.
- We can see an individual or family to help clarify issues related
to medical treatment non-compliance.
- If you have a number of patients who are having difficulty coping
with a particular illness, we would be willing to set up a short term group at our office.
- We also provide ongoing outpatient psychotherapy for children,
adults and the elderly.
- For more details about our services, please see
Adolescent Mental Health Links
- The Schwab Foundation for
Information and support for parents and educators dealing with children with
learning disabilities. This site has a number of links to information about ADHD and Learning
disabilities. It includes educational and legal links.
- Disaster Handouts and Links
This site contains information to help the professional deal with victims of
natural and man-made disasters (eg earthquakes, or mass shootings)
This site contains descriptions of subgroups and related disorders, including Asperger's
Disorder, and other forms of Pervasive Developmental Disorder. The
treatment section, mostly written by non-physicians, endorses a number of controversial
treatments. Since many families will try these treatments, it is a good idea to be
familiar with them.
Links for Families and Individuals.
See our other link site for a much larger collection of links to information
on AD/HD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Pervasive Developmental
Disorders, and Parenting.
Adult Mental Health Links
- Internet Mental
This Canadian site lists the major psychiatric illnesses and addresses diagnosis
and treatment. It references both American and European diagnostic
Dr. Ivan's Depression
Dr. Goldberg is a psychiatrist who is well-known for his Internet-based psychopharmacology
related sites. He also has other sites related to psychiatric issues.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:
Information on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in adults and children. The
site also contains information on other anxiety disorders.
- Sleep Medicine Home Page
Information about different kinds of sleep disorders
and their treatments. Some of the information is written by lay people and some by
researchers in the field.
- The Maryland Psychiatric Society Home
This site contains articles from current and past issues of The Maryland
Psychiatrist. It also features Find a Psychiatrist that allows physicians
and potential patients to locate Maryland psychiatrists by location and area
- Psychiatric CME
Audiotapes, conferences and other information
Search the National Institutes of Health site for their consensus statements
by subject. Some include on-line free CME exam.
- Prevention Online
This has drug abuse prevention information for both kids and
adults. On the Kids
Page, there is a link to a wonderful publication, SGR4KIDS, an anti-smoking
- Go Ask Alice
This web site features questions and answers about drug abuse,
sexuality and relationships from the Health Education division of Columbia University
Health Services. Some of the information on this page includes some frank discussions
about safe sex and other topics. Parental discretion advised.
The Center for Substance Abuse Research is a site sponsored by the
University of MD and the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention. It includes a
site with information about specific drugs, including street slang, weekly updates about
the local drug abuse scene, recent legislation, and information about treatment and
- Join Together
This site contains a wealth of articles and legislative updates dealing with substance
abuse. It also now has a section devoted to gun-related violence. In addition to articles
and legislative updates related to gun violence, it has a moving photo gallery dealing
with the consequences of hand gun violence.
- Dual Diagnosis
This site contains articles dealing with individuals suffering from comorbid substance
abuse and mental illness.
of Drug Dependent Individuals with Comorbid Mental Disorders
This is a NIDA monograph. You can view it or download it with Adobe Acrobat.
- Substance Abuse in
Women in the United States
This is a summary of the SAMHSA's article on women and substance abuse. Using data from
SAMHSA's National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, this new report shows trends in the
prevalence and patterns of substance use and abuse among women and describes the
differences in substance use and abuse between males and females.
- CDC Fact Sheet on Fetal
A brief patient hand out on drinking in pregnancy and fetal alcohol syndrome.
- Fetal Alcohol Support Network
Articles on the diagnosis, characteristics and educational considerations related to FAS
and FAE. Information and support for birth and adoptive parents of FAS/FAE children and
adolescents. Information for teachers.
Addiction and Treatment
NIH 1997 Consensus Statement. Full statement of consensus conference
available. Free CME test included.
to Prevent HIV Risk Behavior
NIH Consensus Statement from 1997. Full text of conference, related
publications, links and CME test included.
- Drugs, Brain and Behavior
This text covers issues pertaining to
neurochemistry, behavioral pharmacology and psychopharmacology.
- Dr. Bob's Mental Health
Links: Bob Hsiung, MD's page has expanded its focus but
still has a number of useful links pertaining to psychopharmacology.
- Free Prescription Program
This site provides information on how to obtain free or reduced price medication for
Guide to Managing Medication Side Effects
This site lists side effects by symptom, not by medication and suggests what one can do to
minimize the discomfort and when one might want to call the doctor.
Information and multiple links to sites dealing with this class of medication.
- Selective Serotonin
Information and links to sites dealing with the SSRIs. (Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil etc.)
Another site for Information
- Tricyclic Antidepressants
Information and links to sites dealing with this older but still useful class of
- MAO Inhibitors
Discussion of the uses, benefits and cautions about taking these medications.
Several short articles about this medication, some from industry, some from
Articles on the use and potential side effects of this medication, used most
often for short-term insomnia.
Information on this heterocyclic medication used for Obsessive-Compulsive
An antidepressant with prominent sedative capacity, especially at its lower
Brief overviews of the uses and warnings about this medication. It is most
often used to help individuals with alcoholism remain abstinent.
(Wellbutrin or Zyban)
A medication used for depression, AD/HD and smoking cessation.
- Comparison of different SSRI
This interesting comparison of efficacy and side effects of different SSRI medications.
Unfortunately, it does not provide primary references for some of the assertions.
- Center Watch
This is a clearinghouse for information on clinical trials of new
and experimental medications. It also lists information on medications recently approved
by the FDA.
Psychiatrists and Psychotherapy
- Questions and answers about child and adolescent psychiatry explains the role of
a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Pamphlet can help a primary care physician explain to
a patient why he or she is being referred to a psychiatrist.
- Ask a Forensic Psychiatrist
This page is a service of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. One can submit
questions to their members. They make it clear that this is not intended as professional
consultation or legal advice.
Libraries On Line
This page links to a vast number of medical and other health-sciences libraries
which have online URLs. A good aid to research.
The Abraham A. Brill Library of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.
Articles, library and links related to psychoanalytic thinking.
- Ask Eric
Educational Resources Information Center. This excellent
site, sponsored by the US Dept. of Education, links to over 30 Eric-sponsored web and
gopher sites dealing with education. It includes multiple ways to search the Eric
database, all from your computer!
The National Library of Medicine sponsors this site which
includes an advanced MEDLINE Search.
- Knowlege Exchange Network
Sponsored by the US Dept. of Health and Human
Services, Dept of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. This site provides information on
books, periodicals, pamphlets, and mental health statistics. Includes
information from 1999 White House Conference on Mental Health.
- CliniWeb Search
A service of the Oregon Health Sciences University. It allows
searches for WWW pages associated with specific medical diseases.
- SERI "Special Education Resources on the Internet"
This site makes an
effort to compile information useful to professionals dealing with a wide variety of
special education needs. One particularly useful area is the "Disability Products and
Commercial Sites". Using these links, one can access a wide variety of links to
products to help with learning disabilities and other special needs.
The University of Iowa Family Practice Handbook This is
an on-line primary care textbook. It includes a traditional table of contents and a search
Search the National Institutes of Health site for their consensus statements
by subject. Some include on-line CME exam.
Development Conferences are convened to evaluate available scientific
information and resolve safety and efficacy issues related to biomedical
technology. The resultant NIH Consensus Statements are intended to advance
understanding of the technology or issue in question and to be useful to
health professionals and the public.
Consensus Statements are prepared by a non-advocate, non-Federal panel of
experts, based on (1) presentations by investigators working in areas relevant
to the consensus questions during a 2-day public session; (2) questions and
statements from conference attendees during open discussion periods that are
part of the public session; and (3) closed deliberations by the panel during
the remainder of the second day and morning of the third. This statement is an
independent report of the panel and is not a policy statement of the NIH or
the Federal Government."
Information on diagnosis and treatment of major psychiatric disorders. The
information is based on the opinions of national experts on the various disorders.
Both psychosocial and medication treatments are discussed. There are also
PDF files of family information handouts for each disorder.
Links to multiple legal search sites as well as links to selected government
Index to text of specific laws, links to other legal libraries, government
agencies and legal experts.
This company makes interactive diagnostic decision-making software, waiting
room screening tests for patients and other practice enhancing software.
(From the AACAP Website www.aacap.org.)
THE CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRIST
The child and adolescent psychiatrist is a licensed physician who specializes
in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling or behavior affecting
children, adolescents and their families. As a physician, a child and adolescent
psychiatrist offers families the advantage of a medical education, the medical tradition
of professional ethics, physician-patient accountability and experience in being
responsible for human life.
The child and adolescent psychiatrist uses a knowledge of biological,
psychological and social factors in working with patients. Initially, a comprehensive
diagnostic examination is performed to evaluate the current problem with attention to its
physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer and
social components, arriving at a diagnosis and diagnostic formulation for the youngster,
and if appropriate, the family. The child and adolescent psychiatrist then designs a
treatment plan which considers all the components and discusses these recommendations with
the child or adolescent and family. An integrated approach may involve individual, group
or family psychotherapy; medication; or consultation with other physicians or
professionals from schools, juvenile courts, social agencies or other community
organizations, often involving other progessional disciplines. Except with older
adolescents and young adults, the parents or caretaking family almost always participate
in the therapeutic program.
Child and adolescent psychiatric training requires 4 years of medical school, 1
year of supervised hospital medical training (internship), at least 2 years of approved
residency training in general psychiatry with adults, and 2 years of training in
psychiatric work with children, adolescents and their families in an approved residency in
child and adolescent psychiatry.
In the general psychiatry training years, the resident achieves competence in
the basis of psychiatric work. In the child and adolescent psychiatry residency, the
trainee acquires a thorough knowledge of normal child and family development as well as
psychopathology, and treatment. Special importance is given to disorders that appear in
childhood, such as pervasive developmental disorder, learning disabilities, mental
retardation, depression, drug dependency and delinquency. The child psychiatric resident
further applies and develops psychiatric skills by treating youngsters and their families.
The evaluation and treatment of inpatients and outpatients is important
throughout the residency, with a concentration on delivery of appropriate treatment within
the family's financial and psychological means. This training includes supervised
experience with children of all ages and from all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds,
in long-term or family treatment. The training with hospitalized children and adolescents
provides the preparation for full hospital admission and treatment privileges.
CERTIFICATION AND CONTINUING EDUCATION
Having completed the child psychiatry residency and successfully passed the
examination in general psychiatry given by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology,
the child and adolescent psychiatrist is eligible for certification in the subspecialty of
child and adolescent psychiatry. Although these last two examinations are not required for
practice, they are a further assurance that the child and adolescent psychiatrist who are
trained and certified in this way can be expected to diagnosis and treat all psychiatric
conditions of patients of any age, or refer them for such treatment, and they are prepared
to contribute in many ways to serve the welfare of children and their families.
The child and adolescent psychiatrist, as any other physician, continues to
study and learn about the new advances in the specialty by reading scientific literature
and attending conferences, to be able to apply new knowledge effectively in daily
diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative work.
Internet Safety Rules
- Don't give out your name, address, telephone number, school, passwords or other
- Don't buy anything on the Internet unless your parents say it's OK.
- Don't ever get together with someone you met online unless your parents say it's
OK. Some people online may not be who they say they are.
- From "Prevention Online" www.health.org/