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Locating Information On-Line
A wealth of information is available on-line. However, the quality and accuracy of that information varies widely. Some Web sites are created by knowledgeable professionals who are dedicated to public education, some are created by enthusiastic non-professionals, and some are created by individuals with an axe to grind or with a product to sell.

As you make use of this information it is important to think critically, to consider the source of the information, and to consider whether the information is consistent with your experience. If a site you visit makes claims that seem "too good to be true," you may wish to be particularly skeptical.

Here are some good sites which focus specifically on anxiety and related disorders:

In addition, many of the less specialized mental health Web sites include sections with information specifically about anxiety disorders. These include:

How can I find out more about Anxiety Disorders?
In addition to the on-line resources recommended above, there are a number of good self-help books which combine information about anxiety disorders with information about steps you can take to overcome anxiety problems. There are many good books on this topic. For a few that we would particularly recommend, see our listing of recommended self-help books. We also recommend that you read our discussion of how to get the most out of a self help book if you haven't already read it.

How can I locate a therapist who specializes in Anxiety Disorders?
While all therapists deal with anxiety to some extent, there are many well-qualified therapists who do not specialize in treating anxiety disorders and who may not be familiar with new developments and specialized techniques that increase the effectiveness of treatment for anxiety disorders. Both the Anxiety Disorders Association and the International OCD Foundation maintain directories of professionals who specialize in treating anxiety disorders.

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies also has a directory that can be a good resource. Not all ABCT members specialize in treating anxiety disorders, but those who list anxiety disorders, phobias, panic attacks, agoraphobia, or obsessive-compulsive disorders as a specialty are likely to be knowledgeable about contemporary treatments for anxiety disorders.

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