GoodRx.com - Even if you have good prescription coverage, paying cash for your generic medication can be cheaper than the co-pay when using your insurance. GoodRx is a pharmacy-price aggregator (or metasearch engine) that shows you which pharmacies near you sell your medication for the cheapest price, provided you print out the site's coupon. The prices change constantly, so you should consult this site prior to each refill. Their smartphone app is equally good. Caveat: Costco is not included in this search engine, so be sure to contact them separately.
PharmacyChecker.com - This is a free service provided by ConsumerLab.com (a site which evaluates the integrity of supplements, free of industry bias). Compares prices of brand-name medications across international online pharmacies (e.g. from Canada).
Brand Name Medications - If your household income is below a certain amount, you may qualify for the "Patient Assistance Program" (PAP) to obtain your medication at no charge directly from the pharmaceutical manufacturer. You can go to this site and enter your medication to see if you qualify.
FREE PSYCHIATRIC CARE
If you don't have mental health coverage through a medical insurance policy, then you can obtain psychiatric services for free from the "Community Mental Health Center" of the county you live in. (You'll need a drivers license or utility statement to prove that you reside within that county.) Here is an online directory for Community Mental Health Services for the counties in Southeast Michigan. (Courtesy of the Michigan Mental Health Networker)
DRUG SHORTAGE ALERTS
Current Drug Shortages - The FDA maintains an up-to-date website regarding all shortages of generic medications, and predictions as to when the shortage will be resolved.
FIND A THERAPY GROUP
FIND A SUPPORT GROUP
Anxiety & Depression Association of America
National Alliance of the Mentally Ill
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
MENTAL ILLNESS ADVOCACY
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a nationwide organization with local chapters that provides education, resources, support, and advocacy for people and their families impacted by mental illness.
PREGNANCY & LACTATION
MGH Reproductive Psychiatry Resource & Information Center - This is a "blog" from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center that reviews individual studies with a focus on prescribing during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
Neurofeedback (NF) - Neurofeedback (short for "Neuro-biofeedback") is a non-medication treatment for ADD/ADHD and brain optimization.
Abstracts on NF:
NAVIGATE THE MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM
HELP SOMEONE WITH POOR INSIGHT
THE SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS
FORMAL TRAINING IN INTEGRATIVE PSYCHIATRY
Download a list of resources here.
ClinicalTrials.gov - A service of the National Institute of Health (NIH)
DRUG-DRUG INTERACTION CHECKER
MEDICAL ARTICLE SEARCH ENGINES
PubMed - Free search engine to access the abstracts (i.e. the summary) of research articles on health topics. Maintained by the National Institute of Health's "National Library of Medicine" (NLM). Journals must meet PubMed's scientific standards to be indexed. To get the full article, you might need to pay.
PubMed Central - Same as the search engine above, but includes only those articles which you can download for FREE.
MEDLINE-INDEXED JOURNALS ON COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES
TIME GAP FROM RESEARCH DISCOVERY TO IMPLEMENTATION
Research discoveries in Medicine take 15 - 20 years to be implemented into clinical practice. Why is there such a delay? The scientific area that studies this question, and seeks to fix it, is the Science of "Dissemination and Implementation", or "D&I".
Book on D&I
Past Conference on D&I
National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH) - One of the 27 institutes within the National Institute of Health (NIH) charged with researching non-medication treatments
APA (American Psychiatric Association) Caucus on Complementary, Alternative, & Integrative Medicine - This special interest group within the APA has approximately 350 members.
The American Botanical Council (ABC) is an independent, nonprofit research & education organization dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information on herbs to consumers, healthcare practitioners, and other groups.
PRESCRIBING IN LACTATION
LactMed - This is a regularly (monthly) updated site maintained by the US National Library of Medicine of the National Institute of Health (NIH).
STATISTICS ON MENTAL ILLNESS, U.S.
STATISTICS ON PATIENTS' USE OF CAM
The most comprehensive information on the use of complementary health approaches in the United States comes from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The most recent survey was conducted in 2012, and the results were published in 2015.
Summary of Report
Full Report (pdf, 16 pages)
My Compassion -- National non-profit organization. For Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit, click on the tab "Education" then select "CME Courses"
NIH Conference on Marijuana and Cannabinoids: A Neuroscience Research Summit -- Collaboration among the NIH centers on Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Complementary & Integrative Health, Mental Health, and Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Archived videocast is available for free and immediate download!
Om of Medicine -- Medical marijuana dispensary in Ann Arbor, MI, currently researching medical marijuana in collaboration with the University of Michigan
Cochrane Collaboration -- This group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organization comprised of 31,000 volunteers worldwide. The group is dedicated to organizing and summarizing medical research information in a convenient way (e.g. by providing summaries) to assist clinicians in medical decision-making. Specifically, the group reviews randomized controlled trials, and conducts meta-analyses, which are then published in the "Cochrane Library".
American Psychiatric Association -
Hint: Under "Topics" select "Integrative Medicine (CAM)".