There is a lot of information about anxiety, depression, and mental illness on line. While some of it is true and helpful, a lot of it is false and damaging. It’s hard to figure out who you can trust. Here are 3 key rules for finding excellent mental health information on line.
Is Everyone a Mental Health Expert?
No. Unfortunately, the internet doesn’t ask you to provide information on your training and experience. Anyone can post anything they want about themselves. There are also no fact checkers going through everything that’s posted.
When you look up information about OCD, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, and other life situations that cause anxiety, you will get thousands of results. Not all of them are helpful. Some may even be dangerous.
3 Key Rules to Help You Find Legitimate Information About Mental Health Issues On Line
By following these 3 rules, you increase your changes of finding legitimate, useful information about Anxiety, OCD, Depression, and other mental health issues:
- National associations, hospitals, and universities are good sources of information.
- Look for blogs and articles written by mental health professionals who specialize in treating whatever you are struggling with.
- If someone claims to treat everything, leave their site. No one can treat everything.
- Look for certain letters after the specialist’s name. These letters indicate they have had a certain amount of official training and have to work hard to keep their license: Ph.D., Psy.D., LCSW, MSW, LPC, MFT.
- Use blogs carefully. Blogs written by people who are dealing with different disorders can be helpful but tricky.
- It can be incredibly helpful to learn that you’re not the only one struggling with something.
- Remember that everyone’s story is different in some way. Don’t panic or blame yourself if your story is different from someone else’s.
- If you read something that appeals to you, get information about it from a professional and/or from an organization devoted to that condition/disorder.
Where Can I Learn More About Finding Good Mental Health Information On Line?
Click here for an article on our web site that I recently wrote. It has more helpful tips for finding information on line. There is also a list of legitimate websites that provide excellent information on Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, and other mental health issues.
Knowledge is so important. Becoming an expert in whatever you are struggling with is an essential part of getting better. We have a lot of information at our fingertips. Unfortunately, there are people who take advantage of that. You have to protect yourself and those you care about.
Make sure the information you get for yourself, a family member, or friend is true and useful.
Always feel free to reach out with any questions. I read and respond to every single one.
Talk to you soon,
Dr. Ronit Levy