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HealthyPlace.com, the Largest Consumer Mental Health Site, Launches Mediminder, a Free Medication Reminder Tool for the More Than 30 Million People Who Suffer From Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Other Mental Health Conditions
Date:3/17/2009

SAN ANTONIO, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthyPlace.com, which provides the most extensive depression and anxiety information on the internet, unveils Mediminder, a mental health medication reminder tool which alerts people daily via e-mail or text message when it's time to take their antidepressant, bipolar, anti-anxiety, ADHD or other psychiatric medication.

"This has been a lifesaver for me," exclaims Jean, a longtime HealthyPlace.com site member. "I'm always forgetting to take my antidepressant medication. Then when the withdrawal side-effects pop up, I remember that I didn't take my meds. It's horrible!"

Anyone who suffers from a diagnosed mood disorder or other psychiatric illness knows it's not always easy to remember to take their medication, even on a daily basis. Studies have proven that medication non-compliance is a significant problem in maintaining mood stability and recovering from mental health conditions. The reason for forgetting may be as simple as being too busy to remember or from experiencing memory problems from taking antipsychotics or anticonvulsants (mood stabilizers). Not only can this cause a return of psychiatric symptoms, but forgetting to take one's psychiatric medication can also result in antidepressant withdrawal (or other medication withdrawal) symptoms or the patient and doctor mistakenly thinking the prescribed mental health medicine is ineffective.

Medication non-compliance is a big problem, especially for people with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety and schizophrenia. "Doctors constantly remind patients to stay on their medication schedule. They can't just decide on their own to change their medication dosage or whether or not they should take their antidepressant, antipsychotic or other psychiatric medication," says psychiatrist and HealthyPlace.com Medical Director, Harry Croft, MD.

Now, this free medication reminder tool is available exclusively from HealthyPlace.com. Mediminder is simple to implement and easy to use. Once you register on the site and complete a short form to include your personal preference settings, you receive alerts via email or text message reminding you it's time to take your antidepressant, bipolar, anti-anxiety, ADHD or other psychiatric medication. There's also an alert to remind you to refill your mental health medication.

Mood Journal and Other New Features on HealthyPlace.com

In addition to HealthyPlace Mediminder, HealthyPlace.com now features HealthyPlace Mood Tracker, an online Mood Journal. The Mood Tracker is designed to help those with bipolar disorder or depression recognize and manage disruptive mood patterns as well gage the effectiveness of their psychiatric medications. A special feature of the HealthyPlace Mood Tracker is an automated message that is sent to the user's designee if their mood falls into their danger zone (seriously depressed or manic). The site also features HealthyPlace TV, a Live, weekly, mental health TV show aired over the internet.

There are also two new sections written by awarding-winning mental health author, Julie Fast: The Gold Standard for Treating Depression and The Gold Standard for Treating Bipolar Disorder. These are in-depth, authoritative examinations of the best treatments for depression and bipolar disorder, including a discussion of medications and therapy as well as other elements of learning how to manage these potentially debilitating psychiatric disorders.

About HealthyPlace.com

HealthyPlace.com is the largest consumer mental health site on the net with more than a million unique visitors a month. The site provides comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view. For additional information, go to: www.HealthyPlace.com

    CONTACT: David Roberts
    Media@HealthyPlace.com
    210/225-4388


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