Mental Health Topics

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In today’s world of instant electronic access to information on any topic, it’s amazingly easy to find material on mental illness, mental health recovery, mental wellness, psychotropic medication, treatment approaches and even insurance-reimbursable providers. The key is to find evidence-based, current and accurate data! As is true with everything on the Internet, it is important to consider the validity of what is posted.

Word of wisdom: Please don’t change anything about your mental health treatment just because you read something on the Internet. Work with your providers, not with a stranger who knows nothing about you or perhaps knows little about the subject you are searching. Ask trusted professionals about the information you’ve found. Employ healthy skepticism. Consider the sources providing the mental health materials you are reading. After all, memes on social media aren’t exactly scholarly material!

Thanks to the Internet, access to free mental health, mental illness and recovery resources is endless. We’ve included information and links to information that might help you increase your knowledge about topics of interest. Topics include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Recovery (Mental Illness)
  • Recovery (Dual Diagnosis)
  • Sleep

Disclaimer: The content of this website is provided as a service to the public. We’re here to bust stigma, not provide medical advice. None of the authors, contributors, administrators or anyone else connected with Stepping Stones of Rockford shall be held responsible for use of information contained in links and sources listed below. Stepping Stones is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information contained within the site. There is no guarantee given that the information provided in this Web site is correct, complete, and up-to-date. The agency is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in these sites. Links to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement by Stepping Stones. Be informed, educate yourself, seek professional intervention.


What is Anxiety?

“The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook,” by Edmund Borne, PhD.

Mayo Clinic, “Anxiety Disorders.”

National Institute of Mental Health, “Anxiety Disorders.”

American Psychiatric Association, “What are Anxiety Disorders?”

 “What is Anxiety?”


What is Depression?

“The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-by-Step Program” by William Knaus EdD.

Mayo Clinic, “Depression,”

National Institute on Mental Health, “Depression.”

American Psychiatric Association, “What is Depression?”


Mayo Clinic, “Bipolar Disorders.”

National Institute on Mental Health, “Bipolar Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association, “What are Bipolar Disorders?”


“The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole,” by Arielle Schwartz

Mayo Clinic, “Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),”

National Institute on Mental Health, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.”

American Psychiatric Association, “What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?:


The Trauma Informed Care Project,

“The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma,” by Bessel van der Kolk MD 

“Trauma Survivors' Strategies for Healing: A Workbook to Help You Grow, Rebuild, and Take Back Your Life,” by Elena Welsh PhD

 “Principles of Trauma Therapy: A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation, and Treatment (DSM-5 Update),” by John N. (Neale) Briere

Recovery (Mental Health)

“What is WRAP?”

Mental Health America,

Mayo Clinic, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.”

Pscyh Point, “CBT Worksheets.”

Recovery (Dual Diagnosis)

Addiction Resources Net.

Co-Occuring Disorders.

Living with Co-Occuring Addiction and Mental Health Disorder.

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.

NAMI: Dual Diagnosis.

Recovery Village.


"Mental Illness and Sleep Disorders"

"Depression and Sleep Disorders"

"Bipolar Disorder and Sleep"

"Depression and Sleep"

"Anxiety and Sleep"







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