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NIMH offers authoritative information about mental health disorders well as information on a range of mental health topics and the latest mental health research.

Health Information and Resources by Audience

The health topic pages below offer information especially important to the health of a particular group or population.


There are many types of treatment for mental disorders and conditions. Choosing the right treatment plan should be based on a person's individual needs and medical situation and under a mental health professional’s care.

Free Consumer Health Brochures and eBooks

NIMH's popular patient education publications are available in a variety of formats. Download one or more of these booklets to your e-book device, smartphone, or tablet for handy reference, or open them as a PDF directly in the browser.


Clinical Trials

NIMH supports clinical research trials on mental health and disorders. Clinical trials are research studies that involve people. Understanding what they are can help you decide if a clinical trial might be an option for you.

What are Clinical Trials?

NIMH’s Clinical Trials and You: Question and Answers brochure discusses what a clinical trial is, who participates in clinical trials including patient and healthy volunteers, why people participate in clinical trials, and guidelines.

Join an NIMH Study

NIMH scientists on the NIH campus conduct research on numerous areas of study, including cognition, genetics, epidemiology, and psychiatry. Visit the NIMH Clinical Trials — Participants or Join a Study for more information.

Find a Clinical Trial Near You

To search for a clinical trial near you, you can visit . This is a searchable registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.

Last Revised: June 2016

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