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Links to a number of psychological associations and a variety of psychological disorders.


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Ontario Psychological Association

College of Psychologists of Ontario

Canadian Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

Psychology Today

Psychology Works Fact Sheets


Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada This association promotes awareness of anxiety disorders/conditions in Canada.

Anxiety Disorders Fact sheet and tips about anxiety disorders from BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.

Phobias and Panic Disorder Pamphlet from the Canadian Mental Health Association on understanding phobias and panic disorder.

Psychology works for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Information on GAD from the Canadian Psychological Association.

The Phobia List A list of a few hundred different phobia names, and what their names mean.

Social Phobia/Social Anxiety Association Social anxiety is the third largest psychological problem in the world--find out more about this often misunderstood anxiety disorder.

David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages These trauma pages focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and dissociation, whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster. The purpose of this site is to provide information for clinicians and researchers in the traumatic-stress field.

PTSD Overview: List of Fact Sheets This site has a number of fact sheets about PTSD from the U.S. National Center for PTSD.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Pamphlet from the Canadian Mental Health Association on understanding OCD.

Obsessive Compulsive Foundation This site describes obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), explains what its causes may be, and lists some treatments via medication and behavior therapy.


Cognitive Disorders

Delirium General information on delirium from Internet Mental Health.

Psychology works for Cognitive Disorders and Dementia An explanation of dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease, and how psychologists can help.  (From the Canadian Psychological Association)

Alzheimer's Science and Progress This research centre from alz.org explains what we know today and discusses tomorrow's answers.

Theories about Alzheimer's Disease Discusses the leading theories on the possible causes of Alzheimer's disease.

What is Parkinson's? Description of Parkinson's disease from Parkinson Society Canada.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Dedicated to ensuring the development of a cure for Parkinson's disease within this decade through an aggressively funded research agenda.

Huntington’s Disease Description of the disease from the Huntington Society of Canada.


Developmental Disorders

Psychology Works for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Description of and treatments for ADHD from the Canadian Psychological Association.  

Attention Deficit Disorders Information on ADD and ADHD from the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Learning Disabilities Resource Community Provides knowledge-building and communication tools for those involved in the education of people with learning disabilities, and supports research and development in associated fields.

Learning Disabilities at a Glance A brief introduction to learning disabilities from The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada.

Canadian Dyslexia Association Promotes awareness of dyslexia and strives to improve the quality of life for the estimated five million Canadians who have this learning disorder.

Autism Society Canada Originally founded by a group of parents, this charitable organization is committed to advocacy, public education, information, and treatment of autism.

Autism Treatment Services of Canada National affiliation of organizations that provides treatment, education, management and consultative services to people with autism and related disorders across Canada.

JP Das Centre on Developmental and Learning Disabilities This centre at the University of Alberta does research, student training, and selected clinical services for children and adults with developmental, perceptual and learning disabilities.

Canadian Down Syndrome Society This organization is committed to empowering Canadians with Down syndrome and their families. It raises awareness and provides information on Down syndrome through the prenatal, early childhood, school years, adulthood, and retirement stages of life.

Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada Founded by a group of parents and professionals to promote scientific research on available treatments for Fragile X, the most common inherited form of mental impairment.


Eating and Sleeping Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre A Canadian non-profit organization established to provide information and resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.

Facts about Eating Disorders General information about eating disorders and specific information on anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder from the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

Eating Disorders Descriptions and warning signs of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorders from the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Psychology Works for Eating Disorders Information on eating disorders and available treatments from the Canadian Psychological Association.

Sleepdisorders.com Extensive information on all sleep disorders, including apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy.

Psychology Works for Insomnia Information on causes of and treatments for insomnia from the Canadian Psychological Association.

National Sleep Foundation (NSF). The NSF is a nonprofit organization that tries to help people get the sleep they need through education and research.

Sleep The BBC's comprehensive guide and tool kit, developed in collaboration with the UK's leading sleep scientists.


Mood Disorders

Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Disorders (CANMAT).  CANMAT’s goal is to increase understanding of depression and anxiety through research and education, and to eliminate the social stigma that prevents sufferers from seeking treatment.

Mood Disorders Society of Canada Volunteer-driven organization that that seeks to improve quality of life for people affected by depression.

Psychology Works for Depression A brief listing of treatments for depression from the Canadian Psychological Association.

The Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorders Society OBAD’s mission is to help people affected directly or indirectly by bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety live better lives.

Bipolar Disorder Pamphlet from the Canadian Mental Health Association on understanding bipolar disorder.

Postpartum Depression This is a pamphlet from the Canadian Mental Health Association on causes and treatments for postpartum depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Information on SAD from the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Centre for Suicide Prevention This Canadian website provides information, training, and research on suicide, and suicide intervention. This is not a crisis centre, but has links on where to find help.


Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders Discussion of the causes of various personality disorders, symptoms and treatment can be found at this website.  Personality disorders include:

Antisocial personality disorder

Avoidant personality disorder

Borderline personality disorder

Dependent personality disorder

Histrionic personality disorder

Narcissistic personality disorder

Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

Paranoid personality disorder

Schizoid personality disorder

Schizotypal personality disorder


Physical Disorders and Health Psychology

The Health Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association This division of the CPA is for those interested in promoting and maintaining health from a psychological perspective.

Health Psychology and Rehabilitation Information about psychological difficulties that can be caused by medical conditions as well as psychological factors which can complicate or delay recovery from medical conditions.

General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) Describes the stages of GAS, the resulting effects of stress on health, and warning signs of increasing stress.

Coping With Stress This guide from the Canadian Mental Health Association provides a “first aid kit” and resources for coping with stress; also discussed are some stress stoppers.

CATIE Canada's source for HIV and hepatitis C information.

Heart Disease Resources on the heart, risk factors, and prevention of coronary heart disease from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Chronic Pain Association of Canada A grass-roots organization helping people to get proper treatment for chronic pain.

Psychology Works for Chronic Pain Factsheet from the Canadian Psychological Association that addresses the role that psychology can play in coping with chronic pain.

Healthy Living Extensive information from Health Canada on living a healthy lifestyle by making healthy food and lifestyle choices.


Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders

Schizophrenia Society of Canada This national registered charity works to alleviate the suffering caused by schizophrenia and related mental disorders through education, support programmes, public policy, and research.

CMHA: Schizophrenia A listing of symptoms, theories, and treatments of schizophrenia from the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) This guide is written for people with schizophrenia, their families and partners, and those who want a basic understanding of this illness. It can be used as a basis for questions and discussion about schizophrenia.

HereToHelp: Schizophrenia British Columbia Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information provides facts and myths about schizophrenia and an explanation of the word “schizophrenia”.

Psychotic Disorders This website contains information on numerous psychotic disorders including schizophreniform, schizoaffective, delusional, brief psychotic, and shared psychotic disorders.


Sexual Disorders and Gender Identity Disorder

sexualityandu.ca This site is devoted to providing sexuality education and information; it  provides credible and reliable information from the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The Kinsey Institute Named for the famed sex researcher, this institute works toward advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide.

The World Professional Association For Transgender Health, Inc. A professional organization devoted to the understanding and treatment of gender identity disorders.

Gender Education and Advocacy Educates and advocates for the needs, issues, and concerns of gender variant people in human society.

Sexual Disorders and Dysfunctions This website has information on etiology, symptoms, treatment, and prognosis for many sexual problems.

Psychology Works for Female Sexual Dysfunction Factsheet about psychological help for women with a sexual dysfunction from the Canadian Psychological Association.

Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN) This national registered charitable organization was founded in 1964 to foster professional education and public knowledge about sexuality and sexual health.

The Society for Sex Therapy and Research This organization is composed of a broad range of professionals who have clinical or research interests in human sexual concerns.

Paraphilia A descriptive list of numerous specific paraphilias.


Somatoform and Disossiative Disorders

Psychology works for Health Anxiety Information on health anxiety (or hypochondriasis) from the Canadian Psychological Association.

Somatization Disorder A listing of symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of somatization disorder from the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.

Conversion Disorder A listing of symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of conversion disorder from the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.

Malingering Online encyclopedia article briefly outlines the diagnosis and detection of malingering (faking symptoms of a disorder).

Factitious Disorders Resources on Munchausen Syndrome, Malingering, Factitious Disorder, and Munchausen by Proxy.

Pain Disorder (Somatoform Pain Disorder) Listing of symptoms, signs, diagnosis, and treatment of pain disorder from the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) This website, from the Mayo Clinic, explores symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications and treatments for BDD.

Dissociative Disorders Brief descriptions of dissociative disorders and notes on treatment from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.

Depersonalization Disorder Listing of symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of depersonalization disorder from the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.

Dissociative Identity Disorder Listing of etiology, symptoms, signs, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of dissociative identity disorder from the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.


Substance-related Disorders and Impulse Control Disorders

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse This website provides objective, evidence-based information and advice that will help reduce the health, social, and economic harm associated with substance abuse and addictions.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health CAMH is Canada's leading addiction and mental health teaching hospital.  This website contains numerous online resources on addictions.

National Anti-Drug Strategy This Health Canada website lists controlled substances and offers sections to assist parents and youth where substance abuse and drug dependencies are problematic.

Psychology Works for Alcoholism Factsheet on symptoms of alcohol disorders, risk factors for developing abuse/dependence, and psychological approaches used to treat alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence (from the Canadian Psychological Association).

Cocaine Anonymous This group uses the Twelve Steps programme to help recovering cocaine addicts; the website also includes phone numbers for local chapters as well as web links.

marijuana-info.org This website lists useful resources regarding marijuana use, its effects, and treatment of abuse.

club-drugs.org Important information on “club drugs” MDMA (“Ecstasy”), GHB, Rohypnol, ketamine, methamphetamine, and LSD, used at raves, dance clubs, and bars.

The Meth Project The Meth Project is a programme of the national nonprofit organization The Partnership at Drugfree.org. This project is a large-scale prevention program aimed at reducing Meth use through public service messaging, public policy, and community outreach.

Psychology Works for Gambling Problems Factsheet on definitions of problem gambling, and treatments for it from the Canadian Psychological Association.

The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction This National Institute of Drug Abuse site is exclusively devoted to the neurobiology of addiction.   

Impulse Control Disorders Describes different kinds of impulse control disorders, their causes, and prevalence.