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Annotation:The American Psychological Association - Presents clear guidelines for choosing a psychotherapist.
Annotation:Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Mental Health Information Center - A comprehensive list of considerations for choosing a psychotherapist.
Annotation:Concise descriptions of the type of professionals that can help in your mental health care.
Annotation:National Alliance on Mental Health - Suggestions on finding the right therapist, paying for treatment and more.
Annotation:Mental Health America - Advice for patients unhappy with their mental health care provider.
Annotation:Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services - This is the official government booklet about mental health benefits for people with Original Medicare. It includes information about benefits, prescription drug coverage, help for people with limited income and where to get the help you need.
Annotation:Geriatric Mental Health Foundation - This site covers the intricacies of Medicare, Medigap, and prescription drug benefits.
Annotation:The American Psychological Association - An article about the Wellstone-Domenici Parity Act which went into effect in January 2010 and requires private health insurance plans to provide equal coverage for mental and physical health.
Annotation:The American Psychological Association - Answers to questions about Medicaid and how it works.
Annotation:Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Mental Health Information Center - This guide lists mental health and substance abuse support services in California. Includes the state-level mental health, substance abuse, protection and advocacy, family support, and Medicaid and Medicare services agencies, and other advocacy groups.
Annotation:Mental Health America - A listing of specialized support group resources and hot-line numbers.
Annotation:Mental Health America - Lists of community services, ways to find referrals to individual providers, and national organizations.
Annotation:MedlinePlus - A comprehensive overview and links to resources from Medline Plus.
Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.
Annotation:Ten Things Every Senior Should Know - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment.
Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.
Annotation:Medline Plus - Excellent guidelines for evaluating web resources for the consumer.
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