Today I stumbled upon a terrific resource on mood disorders and anxiety. I was so enthralled as I checked out all the different areas, and I kept saying to myself, “I have to put this up on the blog!” So here it is and some of my comments about it.
First, this is written by a psychiatrist, Dr James Phelps of Corvallis, Oregon. I can tell just by reading a number of pages that he is personally writing everything. He references many research articles and other websites as he goes along. This not only adds credence and support for his writing, but it also gives you another resource for your own use. He seems to try to make everything read as good, “plain English.” He uses medical terms where necessary, but there’s a nice personal touch to it.
Second, there is a LOT of great information here. The front page gives several avenues for you to explore, including a a great deal on bipolar and mood swings, panic disorder, brain chemistry and images, hormones and mood (nothing on post-partum depression, but a lot on PMS and PMDD), social anxiety, and other general resources.
The one thing I wish was a little different here is that the front page is a little visually disjointed. You can certainly get around, and there are many things on the front page, but as a very visual person it strikes me as just a little awkward. It’s a small complaint and I am certainly willing to deal with that because of the outstanding value of the entire site. But in that case, I do wish it had a search function so I could punch in a term and find everything relevant.
Maybe I’m spoiled because many websites now have search functions, but that’s the only thing I believe is truly missing. However, I’ve also been pleasantly surprised about what I’ve come across as I’ve explored. So if you put your “explorer hat” on, you’ll enjoy roaming through the site.
Dr. Phelps presents his information with confidence but certainly tries to be transparent with any sort of doubt with a particular issue (whether his own or professional controversy within a topic). This is refreshing because he doesn’t come across as knowing everything or having the only solution to something.
Please check this out and bookmark it. This site has so much information I haven’t even seen yet – find out for yourself and enjoy!
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