Consumer Fact Sheets

The fact sheets listed below are intended to help people learn about various mental health disorders and how individuals suffering from these disorders can benefit from psychological services. Please download, print and distribute these fact sheets to clients and other health consumers.

Understanding Alcohol Use Disorders and Their Treatment

by APA Practice Directorate

This question-and-answer fact sheet explains these potentially life-threatening alcohol-related disorders and how psychological therapies can help people recover. 

Anxiety Disorders: The Role of Psychotherapy in Effective Treatment

by APA Practice Directorate

With proper and effective treatment, people suffering from anxiety disorders can lead normal lives.

Breast Cancer: How Your Mind Can Help Your Body

by APA Practice Directorate

This question-and-answer fact sheet explains how psychological treatment can help women with breast cancer harness the healing powers of their own minds.

Depression: How Psychotherapy Helps People Recover from Depression

by APA Practice Directorate

This question-and-answer fact sheet discusses depression with a focus on the ways in which psychotherapy can help a depressed person recover.

Eating Disorders: Psychotherapy's Role in Effective Treatment

by APA Practice Directorate

This question-and-answer fact sheet explains how psychotherapy can help people recover from these increasingly common eating disorders.

Finding Help: How to Choose a Psychotherapist

by APA Practice Directorate

Losses and stresses of daily living can at times be significantly debilitating. Sometimes we need outside help from a trained, licensed professional in order to work through these problems. Through therapy, psychologists help millions of Americans of all ages live healthier, more productive lives.

Managing Traumatic Stress: Coping with Terrorism

by APA Practice Directorate

Understanding normal responses to abnormal events can aid you in coping effectively with your feelings, thoughts and actions, and help you along the path to recovery.

Warning Signs of Youth Violence

by APA Practice Directorate

"Being on either end of a violent situation, whether you seem to have come out with the upper hand or whether you don't seem to, it doesn't resolve anything. It escalates the problem. Hatred leads to more hatred. Violence leads to more violence."
— Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys