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Understand Your Condition

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The first step in treating any medical issue is to learn about the disease. But understanding health problems and unfamiliar medical terms can be hard. To help, VA provides educational resources that cover many health topics.

The following online resources can help you understand your condition:

Veterans Health Library

The Veterans Health Library is a resource that offers Veterans, family members, and caregivers 24/7 access to comprehensive, consistent, Veteran-focused health information, no matter where a Veteran receives care.

MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus provides information about diseases, conditions, and health issues in language that’s easy to understand. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also find out where research is being done on a disease or condition that you might want to participate in.

CDC Diseases & Conditions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a wide range of resources for many common illnesses and conditions. The site provides basic information as well as data and statistics, publications, and other educational materials.

Healthfinder.gov

Healthfinder.gov is a useful resource that has information on health conditions and diseases. Here you can learn more about cancer, diabetes, heart health, HIV and other STD's, and obesity.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health provides information on all types of mental health and mental illness issues. It also identifies research studies being conducted for mental illnesses.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is a site where you can find information on specific mental illnesses. The site covers Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Panic Disorder, Postraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia and several other serious mental illnesses.  Here you can share your story, get involved and become an advocate.