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FYS: Fixing the Broken Mind : A Journey Through the Treatment of Mental Illness: Start Here

The prevalence of psychological disorders continues to increase with each generation. The negative impact of these disorders ranges from staggering economic costs to unparalleled emotional suffering and lost lives.

Step 1: Try these resources to get background information.

 To find articles, go to Credo Reference and search for topics your professor has suggested.  You will get a long list of entries in reference books; notice the title of the encyclopedia each article is published in,  as well as the bibliography provided at the end of each article.  You can also continue your research to another library resource, like Worldcat or Academic Search Complete.

Think of this source as an academic substitute for Wikipedia. 

Visit the Credo Topic Pages featuring additional content around this particular subject area  AND click here to view the CREDO tutorials.

Step 3. Try these resources to read articles.

The Smith Library Center subscribes to various databases that, when searched, will yield many articles and essays on the broad subject of mental health.  Articles are constantly added to these databases.  A keyword search will yield many academic articles.

Tip: When you view a full record for an article, read the abstract, or summary, to quickly ascertain if it is relevant to your research. 

Step 2. Use WorldCat to search by keyword and subject.

WorldCat is the library's online catalog. Use it to identify printed and electronic books that we own as well as videos, CD's, DVD's, and more. A search by title in the WorldCat online catalog yields over many titles on mental health. If you find an item that we don't own that you need for your research, use Get it! and we will get the item from a library that does own it. 

Searching any database requires an understanding of how subject headings are used to describe and organize the items listed. Entering a subject phrase that is not used in a particular database will keep you from finding what you need even if the item is there. A few scattered examples of select subject headings relevant to this class are below. Always ask a librarian for help if you are not finding what you need--it may simply be a matter of using the right vocabulary.

Click here learn more about the WorldCat.

Using a variety of different subjects, you will be able to research the following


  • Antidepressants

  • Mood stabilizers e.g., lithium

  • Antipsychotics

  • Anxiolytics

  • Stimulants for ADHD treatment


Alternative/Speciality Treatments

  • Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

  • Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS)

  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS)

  • Family therapy

  • Group therapy


Return to FYS / AES Research Hub


Clicking Cullen the Parrot will return you to the Research Hub.

2 a. Suggested books from WorldCat

You can search WorldCat to find more books that are available at the Smith Library and books beyond our library.