Online Self-Help

Many, perhaps even most, people who first show an interest in psychology are drawn to it because they are uncomfortable with their own lives and want to know how to become happier.  This section is intended for people like that. 

So far I've found only one online book focused specifically on self-help.  It is: 

Psychological Self-Help (PsySH) 
http://www.psychologicalselfhelp.org/

Although it is based on Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy, which is one of my least favorite forms of psychotherapy and it has an odd, rather tasteless ad at the bottom of a few of it's early pages, it seems sincere, and it's possible you might find it helpful.

Compilations:

Several broadly focused compilations of articles which an individual seeking relief from their own personal discomfort might find helpful are: 

Medline Mental Health (MMH) 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/mentalhealth.html

'Medline' is a website run by the federal government in order to supply medical information to the general public.  This particular link is to the 'Mental Health' section. 

Self Help Resources on the Internet (PsyW)
http://www.psychwww.com/resource/selfhelp.htm 
Another large list of resources. 

Psych Central (PsyW
http://psychcentral.com/resources/
Another large list of resources. 

Mental Health Resources  (OD)
http://www.dmoz.org/Health/Mental_Health/Disorders/Resources/
Another large list of resources. 

Mental Health Self Help (OD)
http://www.dmoz.org/Health/Mental_Health/Self-Help/
A fairly small list of resources. 

MentalHealth.net (OD)  
http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_index.php?idx=topics
Another, fairly small, list of resources. 

Self Help Magazine (PsyW)
http://www.selfhelpmagazine.com/articles/index.php
This is an online magazine with a large number of mostly non-technical articles by many different authors. 

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (PsyW)
http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/facts_for_families_keyword_alphabetical 
Many short articles

HelpHorizons (EnPsy) 
http://www.helphorizons.com/ 
Offers online therapy and online counseling, which cost money, but also has some good articles, which are free.  

Mental Health Matters (EnPsy)
http://www.mental-health-matters.com/
Many links. 


All of these compilations contain many articles and many of the articles have links to other articles, many of which also have links to other articles, etc., so if you're persistent in following the links, you can learn a lot. 


If you want to know more about any of the topics you encounter in the websites linked above, you can find out more by searching for key words in Wikipedia: 

Wikipedia (Wiki)   
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Note: the Wikipedia search window is a little bit down on the left where you might not notice it right away.

For example, the Wikipedia link for psychotherapy is: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychotherapy

Once you've exhausted the broadly focused compilations listed above, you can type the key word for a specific topic you're interested in into your internet browser window and find many more narrowly focused sources. 

You should also check out the
Psychology Books and Online Psychology Compilations sections which precede this section.  There's no real boundary between helping yourself and learning about psychology.  Each furthers the other.  It's called "Insight Therapy". 

I will continue to add to this 'Self Help' page as I discover new links. 









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