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Free Content Improving Internet Searches for Community Resources by Persons Diagnosed With Mental Disorders

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This study assisted clients in a locked facility for persons with mental disorders and substance abuse problems to explore the communities into which they were to be discharged using the Internet. Four patients with either the diagnosis of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia were provided Internet access with instructions to search for any of 6 categories of resources (i. e., potential housing, employment, public services, shops and restaurants, recreational facilities, and social or religious organizations) in their prospective communities. For 3 out of 4 patients, initial instructions to search for any of 6 categories of resources lead to very few relevant websites being visited. When patients were instructed to choose one of these 6 categories to explore and to give their reasons for selecting that category, the number of relevant websites visited increased severalfold. Narrowing search instructions and reviewing personal goals can be helpful in overcoming the numerous distractions on the Internet and allowing clients to obtain needed information from this vast communication network.

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Keywords: BIPOLAR DISORDER; COMMUNITY RESOURCES; INTERNET SEARCHES; SCHIZOPHRENIA

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2015

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