Costa County Support Groups
NAMI's (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) list of support groups
for patients and their caregivers.
Rights Education & Defense Fund
organization with an office in Berkeley, this website includes a
portion on the 504/IEP plans for parents seeking guidance on obtaining
proper accommodations for their child in the school setting.
||Dream Catcher Weighted Blankets
Specializing in custom and pre-made weighted blankets and lap pads.
Extensive mental health
information on specific topics, maintained by Jim Phelps, MD in
Institute Distinguished Lecture Series- Recorded
videos that can be viewed online of speakers discussing various mental
health topics. Click on the speaker name to view the
at hand, and click on Part 1 or 2 to watch the video clip.
(Note: RealPlayer is required to view the clips.)
An online natural food store that contains many products as well as a
reference library, news, recipes, and health tools.
Talk About Psychiatric Medications, Timothy E.
this popular resource, Dr. Wilens provides essential guidance for
parents facing tough choices about whether or not to give a child
medication for emotional or behavioral problems. Packed with frequently
asked questions, examples, and charts, the book explains which
medications are prescribed for kids and why; their effects on health,
emotions, and school performance; how to maximize the benefits; and
when to consider other treatments instead.
Feeling Good Handbook, by David D. Burns
by one of the prime developers of cognitive therapy, teaching how to
remove the mental obstacles that hinder success--from test anxiety and
fear of public speaking to procrastination and self-doubt.
|| Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center
in Orinda, CA, disabled people ride horses under the guidance
trained instructor. This innovative therapy benefits the rider
physically and emotionally. Therapeutic riding is fun, empowering, and
healing for students and participants.
|| Internet Mental Health Resource
of all major mental illnesses and medications, discussion groups,
book/magazine resources, latest research, and interesting article
|| National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
The definitive organization for mental health advocacy.
General - Child
of Sync Child, by Carol Stock Kranowitz, Larry
Sensory Integration Dysfunction, a very common but frequently
misdiagnosed condition that can manifest itself in excessively high or
low activity levels, problems with motor coordination, oversensitivity
or undersensitivity to sensations and movements, and other symptoms.
General - Health
One of the more comprehensive, user-friendly websites devoted to health
Cure by Julia Ross
gist of The Diet Cure plan is that food allergies, hormonal
irregularities, blood sugar swings, and thyroid dysfunction, among
other factors, cause biochemical imbalances that lead to food addiction
and weight gain, and that these problems can usually be lessened or
eradicated with the proper diet and supplements.
General - Women
||Harmony Women's Health
Dr. Deborah Metzger, PhD, MD, FACOG, who is a local
specialist in treating pelvic pain and other complex
Intimate Geography, by Natalie Angier
clarity, insight, and sheer exuberance of language, Pulitzer
Prize-winner Natalie Angier lifts the veil of secrecy from that most
enigmatic of evolutionary masterpieces, the female body. Angier takes
readers on a mesmerizing tour of female anatomy and physiology that
explores everything from organs to orgasm, and delves into topics such
as exercise, menopause, and the mysterious properties of breast milk.