Mental Health

Dr. Shirley Marks, a Harvard Medical School graduate, is a nationally recognized psychiatrist who has fought to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Photo from the National Library of Medicine.

This guide is designed to help you research information about mental health and mental illness . It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome! (add any course specific information if needed)
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Manic depressive illness
  • Mental health
  • Mental illness
  • Post-partum depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Psychic trauma
  • Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Stress (Psychology)

New Books

Nier, Jason A., ed. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Social Psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2013. Print.
Call Number: HM1033 .T34 2013

King, Cheryl A., Cynthia Ewell Foster, Kelly M. Rogalski. Teen Suicide Risk: A practitioner guide to screening, assessment and management. New York: The Guilford Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: RJ506.S9 K56 2013

Courtois, Christine A. and Julian D. Ford. Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, relationship-based approach. New York: Guilford Press, 2013. Print.
Call Number: RC552.P67 C69 2013

Circulating Books

Blazer, Dan G. The Age of Melancholy: "Major depression" and its social origins. New York: Routledge, 2005. Print.
Call Number: RC 537 .B527 2005

Fink, Candida and Joseph Kraynak. Bipolar disorder for dummies. Hoboken: Wiley Publishing, 2005. Print.
Call Number: RC 516 .F56 2005x

Barber, Charles. Comfortably Numb: How psychiatry is medicating a nation. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008. Print.
Call Number: RC 483 .B28 2008

Radden, Jennifer. Moody Minds Distempered: Essays on melancholy and depression. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Print.
Call Number: BF575.M44R33 2009

Charney, Dennis S. and Charles B. Nemeroff. The Peace of Mind Prescription: An authoritative guide to finding the most effective treatment for anxiety and depression. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Print.
Call Number: RC 537 .C459 2004

Klein, Donald F. and Paul H. Wender. Understanding Depression: A complete guide to its diagnosis and treatment. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Call Number: RC 537 .K543

Electronic Books

The Loss of Sadness: How psychiatry transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder
Horwitz, Allan V. and Jerome C. Wakefield. The Loss of Sadness: How psychiatry transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007. Web.

Suffering the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune: International perspectives on stress, laughter and depression
Warren, Bernie, Ed. Suffering the Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune: International perspectives on stress, laughter and depression. New York: Rodopi, 2007. Web.

The Silver Drawing Test and Draw a Story: Assessing depression, aggression, and cognitive skills
Silver, Rawley. The Silver Drawing Test and Draw a Story: Assessing depression, aggression, and cognitive skills. New York: Routledge, 2007. Web.

Reference Books

VandenBos, Gary R., Ed. APA Dictionary of Psychology. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2007. Print.
Call Number: REF BF 31 .A63 2007

American Psychiatric Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Association, 2013. Print.
Call Number: REF RC 455.2 .C4 D54 2013

Ingram, Rick E., ed. The International Encyclopedia of Depression. New York: Springer, 2009. Print.
Call Number: REF RC 537 .I573 2009


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about mental health issues:
  • Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
  • Psychology Today
  • Pscyhology of Women Quarterly


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic OneFile

This database gives access to millions of articles from scholarly and trade journals and magazines. If you're not sure what you're looking for, click the "browse subjects" tab. Some suggested terms to search: "depression" (broken down into dozens of subdivisions, such as behavior, diagnosis, drug therapy, media coverage, etc); "bipolar disorder," "anxiety," etc.

Ethnic NewsWatch

Use this database of newspapers to research how mental health and illness are covered by the press. Some terms to try: "mental depression," "mental depression and medical treatment," "anxiety," "stigma and mental illness." There are many others.

Newspaper Source

Use this database of newspapers to research how mental health and illness are covered by the press. Some terms to try: "stress (psychology)," "depression, mental," "anxiety," "antidepressants," "mental health,"psychic trauma." There are many others.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

This database includes articles from about 480 academic and popular titles and covers a wide range of topics in psychology, psychiatry, and beyond.

Web sites

There are many useful mental health web sites online. These are just a few that have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

American Psychological Association

The APA, the nation's largest professional organization for psychologists, has a health and emotional wellness section with links to articles about dying, depression, anxiety, stress, shyness, anger, and many others.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

The website of Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), a national nonprofit organization, has information and resources dedicated to informing the public, health care professionals, and media that anxiety disorders are real, serious, and treatable. Info on OCD, PTSD, anxiety, depression, etc . Personal stories, treatment, managing anxiety.

Mental health: What's normal, what's not

An article from medical professionals at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit medical practice and research group. The article offers a general overview of the differences between mental health and mental illness, and links (at the bottom) to other articles on topics like stress, depression, grieving, and anger management.

National Alliance on Mental Health

NAMI, a grassroots mental health advocacy organization, offers educational resources on more than a dozen mental illnesses and fights against "hurtful representations" of these diseases in our culture. For a different take on the stigmatization of mental illness, here is a short but interesting piece (with some good links) written by a psychologist for Psychology Today.

National Institute of Mental Health

The NIMH is a federal government agency that funds research across the country into mental illness prevention and cures. This page links to in-depth information in many areas, including depression, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, schizophrenia, and many others.

Open Access journals

The Directory of Open Access Journals allows you to search for psychology journals from around the world (and in many languages) whose content is freely available online.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style
The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide
The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on April 2, 2010 by Katharine Dunn. Updated on April 7, 2014 by Joy Singletary.