One of the important things I ask my students to consider when they surf the internet is
"how do you judge what to believe? how do you determine if something is authentic and credible?" 
This is referred to as developing 'information competency."

Probably one of the best filters for any student is to find reliable sources and here are two in
the realm of Psychology:

 

 

101 Fascinating Brain Blogs

By Alisa Miller

Whether you are a specialist in the field of neuropsychology or just love reading about how the human brain works, there are plenty of interesting blogs on the Internet to help you find out more. In order to make it easier to for you to discover great blogs, the following list is categorized for easy browsing. With blogs by psychiatrists, scientists, psychologist, and even those dealing with mental disorders, you will find many thoughtful and thought-provoking blogs to keep your brain stimulated.

Psychology

Some of these blogs are written by psychologists and others include topics relevant to the field of psychology.

Advances in the History of Psychology. With news reports, literature recommendations, and more, this blog takes a current look at the history of psychology.

World of Psychology. This blog offers a heavy dose of psychology as it relates to culture with both opinion and news articles featured.

Cognitive Daily. Get daily (or almost daily) news stories that pertain to cognitive psychology.

PsyBlog. This blog is primarily aimed at the general public and provides informative articles that hope to explain how the mind works.

Cognitive Therapy Today. Discussing the workings and publishing news stories that celebrate the success of cognitive therapy, this blog enlightens readers to the world of cognitive therapy.

Dr. X's Free Associations. From vintage photos to new texting acronyms for the elderly to college student antics, the posts on this clinical psychologist's blog will keep you interested and entertained.

Everyone Needs Therapy. This therapist blogs about empathy, changing of the seasons, and more as she connects them to the human condition.

BrainBlog. Written by a neuropsychologist, this blog focuses on topics such as memory, aging, and the way we give directions.

CogNews. This news aggregator brings you plenty of news stories that relate to psychology.

Psychology and Crime News. Study the psychology of crime with the academic research posted at this blog.

Intelligent Insight on Intelligence Theories and Tests. Learn about brain fitness opportunities as well as a variety of assessment tools and news here.

Brain Blogger. Get the latest reports on psycho-social news with topics including treatment options for post-menopausal women with low libido to understanding how much social capital you have.

The Splintered Mind. With an emphasis on perception, this philosophy professor writes thought-provoking essays on psychological topics.

Research Digest Blog. This easy-to-read blog presents some of the latest research in the field of psychology--with a British edge.

Psychistorian's Weblog. Get a glimpse into the world of graduate students with this blog that includes "forethoughts" and "afterthought" of lectures.

Health Psych. With a nice blend of psychology in the news and practical tips for mental health and well-being, this blog from Australia is worth checking out.

In the Room. Read about therapeutic techniques and get some news updates as well at this blog out of Australia.

Postcards from the Id. This entertaining blog touches on such fun pop psychology topics as unconventional Christmas movies along with more serious news bits such as the correlation between babies in incubators and reduced depression.

coffeeyogurt. From the trappings of being a blogger to the martyr syndrome to films with a psychological basis, there are plenty of fun items to check out in this blog.

Psychiatry

With an emphasis more on pharmaceuticals and less on talk therapy, these blogs offer the perspective of the psychiatrist at work.

Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look. This blog writes mostly about psychiatry and pharmaceuticals with some posts touching on clinical psychology as well.

In Practice. This practicing psychiatrist blogs about issues important to his field and how they affect culture.

The Carlat Psychiatry Blog. Written by Dr. Daniel Carlat, a practicing psychiatrist, this blog takes a look at how the pharmaceutical industry sways medical education and its negative impact on the field of medicine.

The Last Psychiatrist. This academic psychiatrist blogs to keep a critical eye on the practice of psychiatry. Posts include the risk of therapists being conned, off-label prescribing, and more.

Shrink Rap. This popular blog brings interesting commentary and insight into the world of psychiatry.

Psychiatry and History. Learn about the history of psychiatry with the posts in this blog which include such topics as Prozac, the history of psychotherapy, and influential psychiatrists of history.

Ars Psychiatrica. With a lovely mix of personal observations and information about the latest research and news in the field of psychiatry, this blog is an easy read.

frontier psychiatrist. Training to be a psychiatrist in London, this blogger shares stories such as the current thought of making Internet addiction a clinical syndrome to suicides following financial collapse.

The Psychiatrist Blog. Get a good dose of UK politics mixed with psychiatry at this blog written by Dr. Michelle Tempest.

The Amazing World of Psychiatry: A Psychiatry Blog. Read book reviews and synopses on scholastic papers at this psychiatry blog.

Dr Shock MD PhD. Writing specifically about the treatment of depression, this psychiatrist is especially interested in electroconvulsive therapy and neurostimulation.

Technology

Technology and the brain come together in these interesting blogs that cover everything from artificial intelligence to robotics.

Mind Hacks. This blog will keep you current on all the cool technology that helps take a peek into the workings of the human brain.

Brain Waves. Neurotechnology is the focus of this blog written by Zack Lynch.

Brendan O'Connor's Blog--AI and Social Science. For the latest on social science and artificial intelligence, check out this blog with recent posts on statistics, social messaging, and more.

Laura's Psychology Blog. With an interest in technology as it relates to psychology, this blog often features topics at the intersection of these two fields.

The Media Psychology Blog. Social connection through gaming, The Simpsons, and analyzing statistics in research reports are some of the interesting posts at this blog.

Brain Stimulant: Stimulation. Neurotechnology, artificial intelligence, and psychology come together in this blog.

Combining Cognits. This blog examines the latest work in cognitive research with an emphasis on cognitive robotics. Recent posts have covered TED, robotics walking aid, and fetal pain.

Neuroscience

Take a look at the brain from a very scientific view with these blogs that include topics all across the field of neuroscience.

Neurophilosophy. Written by a neuroscience student, this blog provides interesting posts that aim to communicate the world of neuroscience to the general public.

Brain in a Vat. Stay up to date with the latest news and gadgets from the world of neuroscience in this blog.

Cognition and Language Lab. Learn about the science of language at this blog.

Corpus Callosum. Social commentary meets neuroscience at this blog that offers a wide assortment of interesting posts.

The Frontal Cortex. From perfect memory to the effects of too much lead or not enough iodine on the brain, this blog features posts by Jonah Lehrer.

All in the Mind. This blog is an extension of a weekly radio program in Australia that features the latest topics in science and health with a focus on neuroscience.

Brain Hammer. Neuroscience with a good dose of philosophy thrown in along with some talk of artificial intelligence and other tech-related topics feature in this blog.

Deric Bownds' MindBlog. Find out the latest science on such topics as language, memory, stimulus response, and artificial intelligence here.

Neuromarketing. Examine marketing techniques under the scope of neuroscience in this blog that features a fresh perspective on marketing seen every day.

neurodudes. Self-described as "at the intersection of neuroscience and AI," this blog is a collaborative effort that includes posts from regular readers.

Brain Windows. This blog covers many scientific topics that relate to the brain, often including links to articles, handouts, and more.

The Neurocritic. The Jerry Springer of academia? Maybe. This blog provides the "most sensationalistic recent findings in Human Brain Imaging, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Psychopharmacology." And it's difficult to quit reading.

Neuro-Journalism Mill. This blog's interesting approach to reporting news about the brain separates articles into "Wheat" and "Chaff" by specific criteria that determine if the news is really fit to print.

Neurotopia. Get fun editorial and links to current information in the realm of neuroscience with this blog.

SCLin's neuroscience blog. This blog publishes research related to neuroscience in the most academic of terms. Average readers may want to bring a few text books for reference.

Small Gray Matters. The posts on this blog are informative pieces on the happenings within neuroscience that somehow leave you feeling as if you have been let to a few secrets of academia.

Brain Science Podcast. A companion piece to the podcasts, this blog offers a glimpse into the interviews with important people in the field of neuroscience.

On the Brain. This neuroscience blog features the idea of plasticity, or the ability of the brain to chance throughout life, in its posts.

Nothing's Shocking. From neuroscience to politics to nature, this blog, written by Noah Gray, covers it all.

Bernard Baars' blog. This brand new blog looks promising with an interesting introductory post on the science of consciousness. Stay tuned to see what comes next.

Ethics and Law

Ethics and the law are important when human experimentation and criminology are involved. Find out what's happening in the field of ethics and the law with these brain blogs.

Brainethics. Keep abreast of the latest research of the brain and the ethics behind it with both news reports and academic research here.

Neuroethics and Law Blog. Read about law, ethics, and the brain at this blog written by law professor Adam Kolber.

In the News. This blog will keep you updated with the latest news that pertains to criminology, forensic psychology, and the law.

Multidisciplinary Blogs

Looking at the workings of the brain and human behavior can be difficult to pigeon-hole into one discipline. These blogs bring a well-rounded approach to the subject.

Somatosphere. This blog offers a wide variety of information for those interested in medicine, technology, psychology, psychiatry, and anthropology.

Neuroanthropology. Bringing together the brain sciences with anthropology and philosophy, this blog features interesting posts that frequently delve into the way the mind works.

Of Two Minds. Written by two students, one a PhD student of Psychology and the other a neuroscience PhD candidate, this blog provides plenty of interesting posts on both neuroscience and psychology.

Brains. With an emphasis on writings by those in the psychology and neuroscience fields, this blog includes calls for papers, current research, and more.

Developing Intelligence. Artificial intelligence plays right alongside psychology and neuroscience in this blog.

The Situationist. A part of the Project on Law and Mind Sciences at Harvard, this blog examines a wide range of topics that relate to politics, the law, social psychology, and neuroscience.

The Thinking Meat Project. This blogger takes the perspective of humans as animals with a vulnerable body but a complex mind and writes her posts that touch on cognitive science, history, linguistics, psychology, and more.

The Proper Study of Mankind. This UK blogger writes about science, evolution, and its impact on humanity. Recent posts have covered altruism in primates and the place of violence among humanity.

Searching for Mind. Keeping readers up-to-date with news stories from the fields of education, psychology, and any other brain-based field, this blog offers informative and interesting posts.

The Mouse Trap. Including posts on cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, science, and more, this blog brings some of the latest news and research in an easy-to-digest manner.

Mental Disorders and Abnormal Psychology

Whether written from the perspective of the patient or the clinician, these blogs offer insight to mental disorders and abnormal psychology.

Chemical Imbalance. With information for both medical professionals and the general public, this blog brings readers the latest news that pertains to mental illness and its treatment.

Furious Seasons. Written by a journalist diagnosed with bipolar disorder, this blog seeks to inform the public on the state of mental health treatment and ask for accountability by those in power.

CorePsychBlog. With a heavy emphasis on ADD/ADHD, the posts here often feature dietary effects on behavior, medications, and other related topics.

Providentia. Child abuse, homelessness and mental illness, and suicide reside alongside interesting stories of historic figures dealing with mental illness in this blog.

Translating Autism. Learn the latest research with this blog which presents information along with links to the research.

A Flowered Purse. Dealing with anxiety and panic disorders for 10 years, this blogger posts about her life experiences.

Lifes Spacings. Living with multiple personalities, this blogger offers an unusual glimpse into the splintered mind of someone dealing with DID.

Patient Anonymous. Dealing with multiple diagnoses of bipolar disorder, ADD, seizure disorders, and migraines, this blogger provides an interesting look at life infused with a good dose of humor.

The Reality of Anxiety. Looking at anxiety and anxiety disorders, this blog offers tips and suggestions on ways to combat this sometimes devastating disorder.

Beyond Meds. This blogger has gone off psychiatric meds in a thoughtful manner with intentions of seeking alternative methods of natural healing. Not only are the blog posts worth reading, but it also has plenty of resources for readers.

Mental Health

Keeping your brain and mental health in top form are the subject of these blogs.

Center for Emotional Well-Being. This blog with a female perspective takes a look at body image, weight loss, and happiness and similar topics.

About Memory. Get the latest in scientific research and more as it pertains to memory at this blog.

Happy Neuron. Help keep your brain fit with the information and puzzles published on the Happy Neuron.

LimbicNutrition Weblog. An interesting assortment of links to articles and various bits of information that have a heavy dose of psychology, this blog's purpose is to make your brain happy.

Eide Neurolearning Blog. With a special emphasis on children and brain-based challenges such as dyslexia, ADHD, and autism, this blog offers interesting news and research for enhancing learning with special challenges.

Half Full: Science for Raising Happy Kids. From an organization based out of University of California, Berkeley, this blog offers suggestions for rearing children who are "happy and emotionally literate."

Dr. Deb. This uplifting blog features tidbits of psychology along with tips for mental well-being.

Skills for Healthy Living. Written by a psychologist, this blog aims to help people find the strength from within to deal with life, especially for those dealing with chronic pain or illness.

SharpBrains. From cognitive fitness events to interviews with brain researchers and specialists, this blog will keep you in the know when it comes to healthy brains.

Various Brain Blogs

With everything from deception to psychedelic research, these interesting blogs are sure to keep you reading.

Social Science Statistics. Read all about statistics and the social sciences in this blog.

Seth's Blog. From statistical excuses for melamine in baby formula to self-experimentation to improve Alzheimer's, you'll find a little something of everything here.

Sound and Mind. Learn about how the brain processes music at this blog focusing on various topics related to music cognition.

CogSci Librarian. From online psychology books to brain science stories in the news, this librarian shares it all.

Deception Blog. Looking at such issues as brain scans, true or false memories, and asking unanticipated questions, this blog examines psychological research about deception.

Peter H. Donnelly's Mental Health Blog. Read anti-psychiatry editorial pieces that advocate acceptance of mental illness rather than cure at this blog.

All About Forensic Psychology. Learn about forensic psychology from David Webb, a blogger from the UK.

Psychedelic Research. Reviving the lost study of psychedelic research in the field of psychology, this blog chronicles some of the research currently being done.

Best before yesterday. This blog offers lots of technical information on workings of the brain.

psique. With an emphasis on aging, this blog includes research, editorial content, and a few random bits thrown in for good measure.

 

 

 

 

Top 100 Mental Health and Psychology Blogs

Whether you work in the field of mental health or are simply interested in the subject, keeping abreast of the news, opinions and commentary within the online blogging community can be overwhelming. There are literally thousands of blogs that focus on mental health, running the gamut both in terms of focus as well as in quality.

Although it was difficult to narrow thousands of noteworthy resources down to the top 100, below is a categorized list of what we feel are the most popular, informative and/or unique mental health and psychology blogs on the Web. While any list of this kind is subject to oversights and omissions, it is our hope that with these top 100 sites you will find an excellent resource from which to educate yourself on mental health and psychology issues.


 

General Psychology

Some psychology blogs focus on more narrow sub-topics. However, the blogs listed below cover many issues across the board.

  1. Advances in the History of Psychology - This blog offers notes on the discipline of psychology, as well as relevant resources.
  2. All in the Mind - Natasha Mitchell, a science/health journalist, writes this blog about life and beyond through the mind's eye.
  3. Beyond Vermont State Hospital - This is a group blog about mental health matters related to the Vermont State Hospital and beyond.
  4. Brains - Brains is a blog that opens philosophical discussions on the mind.
  5. Channel N - Sandra Kiume offers various videos on this blog that are related to brain science.
  6. Dr. X's Free Associations - This blog is written by a a psychoanalytically-oriented clinical psychologist. Here, "Dr. X" offers thoughts on psychology, as well as the odd vintage photo here and there.
  7. eHarmony Labs - Here, the popular dating site offers notes on the psychology behind human relationships. This is actually an interesting read, whether you are looking for a significant other or are merely interested in psychology.
  8. Furious Seasons - Here, a long-term psych patient offers a critical and first-hand account of the modern mental health industry.
  9. Health Psych - Written by a psychologist in Sydney, this blog covers many topical mental health and general health issues. This blogger is a natural writer and offers tinges of humor where appropriate.
  10. Just Noticeable Differences - Written by a psychologist and scientist, this blog covers a wide range of topics. From mental health to politics, this is an insightful resource for those interested in psychology.
     
  11. Laura's Psychology Blog - Laura Freberg, a Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, writes this fun blog about interesting news related to psychology.
     
  12. Mind Hacks - This is a group blog on psychology and neuroscience written by experts in the field. Mind Hacks is also the name of a book by Matt Webb and Tom Stafford, who contribute to this blog.
  13. Providentia - Learn more about psychology across the globe from this psychologist and disaster management volunteer with the Red Cross. This is an eye-opening blog indeed.
  14. PsyBlog - Stay current on the latest in psychology news and research on this blog, written by Jeremy Dean. This is an invaluable resource and one of the most popular general psychology blogs.
  15. Psychological Perspectives - Here, Dr. Deborah Serani offers her perspective on a variety of psychological topics.
  16. Psychology Today Blogs - Here, the noted experts who write for Psychology Today offer a fascinating assortment of blog entries. A group blog, the topics are varied and always topical.
  17. Research Digest Blog - From the British Psychology Society comes this blog on the latest psychology research and gossip.
  18. The Situtationist - Although this blog is considered to be focused specifically on social psychology, the topics are varied and this site should appeal to anyone looking for a general look at psychology in the modern world.
  19. World of Psychology - This is the blog found at PsychCentral, one of the most popular and informative psychology sites on the Web.

 

Cognitive Psychology

This branch of psychology focuses on the thought processes and human intelligence. Below are some blogs that just might increase your intelligence.

  1. Cognition and Language Lab - A unique blog that operates as an online lab, this site runs experiments through the Web testing human reasoning, particularly in the domain of language.
  2. Cognitive Daily - This informative blog offers almost daily articles about developments within the field of cognitive psychology.
  3. CogSci Librarian - A blog written by Stephanie Willen Brown, this site offers notes on popular news stories about cognitive science.
  4. Half Full: Science for Raising Happy Kids - Here, you learn about how to foster good mental health from the very beginning. The blog offers topical parenting advice, as well as commentary on the latest research findings related to child psychology.
  5. IQ's Corner - Learn more about human intelligence on this blog, a fascinating look at the nonlinear world of human cognitive abilities.
  6. In the Room - Chris Allan writes this blog. He is a clinical psychologist and Director of the Psychology Clinic at the University of Wollongong.
  7. Mixing Memory - This excellent blog is anonymously written by Chris, a cognitive scientist who specializes in higher-order cognition.

 

Forensic Psychology

Psychology, as it relates to crime, is a hot button topic on the blogs below.

  1. All About Forensic Psychology - David Webb is a noted expert in forensic psychology. Here, he offers his thoughts on related topics.
  2. Deception Blog - This fascinating blog delves into the psychology behind deception.
  3. In the News - Blogger Karen Franklin is a forensic psychologist in Northern California. Here, she offers commentary on the latest news pertaining to forensic psychology, criminology and psychology-law.
  4. Neuroethics & Law Blog - Written by Professor Adam Kolber of Princeton University, this fascinating blog takes a look at legal and ethical issues related to the mind and brain.
  5. Psychology and Crime News - This important blog collects the details of scholarly research on forensic psychology.
  6. Postcards from the Id - Here, you will read about the "lighter" side of clinical and forensic psychology. This blog is as thought-provoking as it is amusing.
  7. Terrorism Research News - This blog delves into social and behavioral research on terrorism and responses to terrorism. It is both topical and fascinating.

 

Psychiatry

The following blogs concern the study of psychiatry and offer viewpoints from practicing doctors, as well as patients.

  1. The Carlat Psychiatry Blog - This is one doctor's thoughts on the current state of the health industry, particularly where medical education is concerned.
  2. Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry: A Closer Look - Here, a blogger offers a critical look at psychiatric medications, science, marketing, psychiatry in general, and occasionally clinical psychology.
  3. Frontier Psychiatrist - Here, a London psychiatrist anonymously blogs about interesting subjects. This offers a fly-on-the-wall perspective of modern psychiatry.
  4. The Last Psychiatrist - Updated every Thursday and Friday, this blog is written by an academic psychiatrist specializing in forensics. It is topical, thought-provoking and sometimes controversial.
  5. Peter H. Donnelly's Mental Health Blog - Here is someone with a difference of opinion where psychiatry is concerned. An anti-psychiatry campaigner in the UK writes the blog and no matter what your stance is on the subject, the site should stir some topical debate.
  6. The Psychiatrist Blog - A popular blog on mental health, it is written by Dr. Michelle Tempest, a psychiatrist and editor of The Future of NHS. Here, she discusses psychiatry, politics and more.
  7. Shrink Rap - This is one of the most popular mental health blogs on the Web. Written by three "shrinks," it is intended for an audience of fellow psychiatrists.

 

Neuroscience

These blogs deal with the study of the brain and nervous system, which is directly related to mental health.

  1. Action Potential - This group blog discusses what is new and exciting in the field of neuroscience.
  2. Brain Blogger - This is a well-researched and fascinating blog that reviews the latest news and stories related to neuroscience, psychiatry, and neurology.
  3. BrainBlog - Author Anthony Risser, Ph.D. is a consulting neuropsychologist who covers news about our knowledge of the brain and behavior.
  4. Brainethics - This blog is about the consequences of neuroscience, as well as what it is like to be a thinking human.
  5. Developing Intelligence - Chris Chatham updates this blog throughout the week, with topics including developmental and computational cognitive neuroscience, comparative psychology, psychometrics, and artificial intelligence.
  6. The Frontal Cortex - Jonah Lehrer, the editor of Seed Magazine, writes this neuroscience blog. A Rhodes scholar, Lehrer graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a degree in neuroscience and spent the next two years studying 20th Century Literature and Theology at Oxford University.
  7. Neuroanthropology - This is a fascinating group blog that concerns neuroscience, anthropology and how the two meet in the middle.
  8. The Neurocritic - Here, the author deconstructs the most startling recent findings in human brain imaging, cognitive neuroscience and psychopharmacology.
  9. Neurological Correlates - The neuroscience of dysfunctional behavior is presented on this blog. From psychosis to obesity, learn more about the science behind a host of mental illnesses.
  10. Neuromarketing - This is a unique blog that discusses where marketing and brain science meet. It is written by Roger Dooley, president of Dooley Direct, LLC.
  11. Neurophilosophy - The author of this blog is studying for a Masters in neuroscience at UCL. It concerns "molecules, minds and everything in between."
  12. Neurotopia - This anonymous blog is written by "Evil Monkey," a self-described wayward neuroscientist. If you like your neuroscience mixed with humor, this is the blog for you.
  13. Of Two Minds - Shelley Batts and Steve Higgins collaborate on this neuroscience blog. The site was born after the respective bloggers combined their former sites, Retrospectacle and Omni Brain.
  14. The Phineas Gage Fan Club - Although the blogger is currently on a little break, this hilarious and often poignant blog covers a wide range of topics related to neuroscience. Entries dates back to 2006 and the archives are well worth a peek.
  15. The Thinking Meat Project - What does it mean to be a piece of thinking meat (i.e., human)? This interesting and dense blog on neuroscience will get those synapses firing.

 

Addiction

The blogs below discuss the psychology and behaviors of those struggling with addiction. Some may also offer advice for those looking to break free of an unhealthy habit.

  1. Addiction Blog - Addiction Blog offers an intelligent resource for news about the trends and discoveries in the treatment of addiction.
  2. Addiction and Recovery - The commentary found on this blog relates to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment and recovery.
  3. blognonymous! - This blog offers news, research and tips on addiction recovery through a 12-step program. Updated regularly, this blog could be a great resource for those in need.
  4. Hazeldon - Thought for the Day - Those in recovery should find this blog from Hazeldon most enlightening. Each day offers new affirmations and meditations.
  5. Rehab Survival Guide - This blog offers diverse perspectives on drug and alcohol addiction, laced with some much-needed levity at times.

 

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders affect millions of people every day. The blogs below focus on the causes of and treatments for anxiety.

  1. Anxiety Insights - Topics on this blog include anxiety, OCD, panic attacks and phobias. Insights are provided on related news and treatments.
  2. The Reality of Anxiety - This is a popular blog on anxiety and panic disorders. Aimee, the author, suffers from social anxiety and chronicles her journey here.
  3. We Worry: A Blog for the Anxious - We Worry is a group blog dedicated to helping those who suffer from chronic anxiety, stress, panic attacks, and depression.

 

Autism

More people are being diagnosed with autism than ever before, making the following blogs topical and useful.

  1. About Autism - Lisa Jo Rudy is the About.com guide to autism. She is a professional writer, researcher and consultant with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of science education and science writing.
  2. Adventures in Autism - Author Ginger Taylor is a family therapist who is currently focused on one patient, her autistic son Chandler.
  3. Asperger's Conversations - Asperger's is a form of autism that has been studied at length by blogger Larry Welkowitz, Ph.D. Here, Dr. Welkowitz offers weekly audio posts on the topic.
  4. Autism Blog - Julie Lorenzen is the mother of an autistic child. She hopes to help educate the public by sharing her experiences, as well as news related to autism.
  5. Autism Blogger - Here, people are allowed to blog on this group site in order to share their experiences with autism. This is a fascinating and informative group blog.
  6. Autism Research Blog: Translating Autism - Here, autism research is demystified. Learn about the latest findings in autism here.
  7. Austism Street - This blog is written by a concerned father who is rearing an autistic child. A skeptical man, he tries to cut through the "quackery" this is sometimes rampant in the autism community.
  8. Dr. Chris' Autism Journal - The doctor who writes this blog is a licensed psychologist and board certified behavior analyst specializing in autism and related disorders. This is a very informative resource by a noted expert.
  9. Discussing Autism - Join blogger Marcie in frank and compassionate discussions on all thing related to autism. This site is especially useful for parents of young children on the spectrum.
  10. The Joy of Autism - Author Estee Klar-Wolfond is the founder of The Autism Acceptance Project. Her son, Adam is the inspiration for this touching blog.
  11. Joy's Autism Blog - This blog is written by Joy, the mother of several children, including one with autism. Here, Joy relays the trials and tribulations of rearing an autistic child.
  12. Natural Variation - This blogger believes that the rise of autism is not by the hands of mankind but by nature. It is a fascinating look at autism that takes a look at hard facts and science.

 

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a serious condition that affects many people. Below are some well-written blogs that can be useful to those suffering from extreme mood swings.

  1. Been Broken - A thoughtful and touching personal blog, this chronicles the ups and downs that accompany bipolar disorder.
  2. Beyond Meds - This chronicles one person's journal off psychiatric medications. It deals with the withdrawals of medication, as well as the effectiveness of alternative treatments.
  3. BradFidler.net - Brad Fidler is a witty and insightful writer on many topics. However, he is well known for his candid (and often funny) notes on dealing with bipolar disorder.
  4. caught in my burble - This is a unique perspective on bipolar disorder to say the least. The author is described as "your neighborhood misanthropic, buxom, bondage-positive, bipolar, bisexual, flying, loquacious hedonist. Now with VNS capabilities."
  5. I Am Bipolar - This blog offers "random scribblings from a bipolar mind." It is touching and personal, as well as useful to those looking for support.
  6. John McManamy's SharePosts - This is a well-known and respected resource for information on bipolar disorder. McManamy has actually been awarded a Mogens Schou Award for Public Service for his work in the area.
  7. Living the Scientific Life - Here, a writer known as GirlScientist writes about her academic career in science, as well as her struggles with mental health. This is a renowned blog for both its poignant writing and beautiful imagery.
  8. The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive - Many people look to this useful and moving blog for thoughts on the struggle with bipolar disorder.
  9. Sue Bergeson's SharePosts - Here, noted expert and advocate Sue Bergeson writes on all things concerning bipolar disorder.
  10. Time for Your Meds - This emotional and deeply personal blog is written by a bipolar lesbian nurse, known as "Crazy Tracy."
  11. The Trouble With Spikol- Liz Spikol writes this funny and poignant blog about her experiences with bipolar disorder. She is also a contributing editor of Philadelphia Weekly.

 

Depression

The blogs below explore each author's personal or professional experience with depression.

  1. a beautiful revolution - Here, Andre Jordan offers his "depression doodles," which express his ever-changing moods. Funny, thoughtful and brilliant, this is a fun blog to check out regularly.
  2. Beyond Blue - Therese J. Borchard is a best-selling author who offers spiritual guide through depression on this fantastic blog.
  3. Commitment to Living - Here, a family psychologist offers insightful notes on suicide risk and prevention. This is a great resource for those who are affected by depression, either directly or indirectly.
  4. depression introspection - This anonymous blog is written by a young female who is suffering from bipolar disorder. Here, she focuses on the depressive state. It is personal, frank and offers some sound advice to others who suffer from depression.
  5. Depression Support Blog - This blog is part of a larger guide to depression, which operates as a a non-profit organization that caters to the needs of its visitors.
  6. My Journey With Depression - This blog is written by Addy, who suffers from bipolar disorder, depression and self harm. This is a frank and fearless personal blog that may help others in need.
  7. Optimism Software - Yes, this site actually offers "optimism software," but it is also accompanied by a thoughtful and well-written depression blog.
  8. Postpartum Progress - Mothers looking for guidance through the "baby blues" or the more serious condition of postpartum depression should consult this helpful and sensitive blog.
  9. The Pursuit of Happiness - Here, one man chronicles his battle with depression and his experience with St. John's Wort. The blog will give you a first-hand glimpse at a person's ups and downs through various treatments.
  10. save your sanity for later - The author of this blog, Erika, has been writing poignant blogs on depression since she was 12 years old. Now a grown woman, she still battles depression and offers a unique insight.
  11. Space and Time - The blog entries here are very short and poignant, offering a sometimes self-deprecating view of depression.
  12. The Splintered Mind - Douglas Cootey is currently dealing with both AD/HD and depression. Learn how he is overcoming his conditions and leading a more fulfilling life here.
  13. Walking the Black Dog - This is an anonymously written blog by someone who is overcoming depression. Although not written by a mental health expert, it does offer some very helpful advice.
  14. Wing of Madness - Wing of Madness addresses clinical depression, offering a guide to depressed readers on how to overcome their condition. The blog is just one area of a growing community.