Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2015

What an amazing year 2015 has been! We’re a little sorry to see it go.

While we’ve had a great year here at Psych Central, we’ve also lost some significant people in the field this year — Oliver Saks and John Nash most notably. We pause to remember their wonderful contributions to the field, as well as our knowledge and understanding of the world around us.

Meanwhile, we continue to bring psychology and mental health to the masses — our mission for the past 20 years. It’s a mission of hope, because although we reach 8 million people a month on Psych Central, there are millions of people each day who suffer from a mental illness in the darkness or with little support from those around them. That’s why we now run three separate support communities — our support groups, NeuroTalk and through our non-profit, Project Beyond Blue — comprised of over 450,000 members and 250 support groups.

With a new year comes the potential of a new start and changing some of those aspects about yourself that could use a little improvement. We’ll be here for you to help you with those goals, with great new articles on these topics from experts, professionals and people just like you.

Click through to see our top 10 lists for the World of Psychology blog, the entire Psych Central blog network, our Professional site, and from our news bureau.

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Top 10 Psychology Blog Topics

Here are the top 10 psychology and mental health topics of 2015 that appeared here on the World of Psychology blog at Psych Central:

  1. 3 Reasons You Can’t Win with a Narcissist
    by Sarah Newman, MA
  2. What is Commitment Phobia & Relationship Anxiety?
    by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
  3. Surprising Differences between Lonely Women and Lonely Men
    by Kira Asatryan
  4. 6 Secret Signs of Hidden Depression
    by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
  5. I Hope You Never Understand
    by Becca Kelly
  6. The Science Behind PTSD Symptoms: How Trauma Changes The Brain
    by Michele Rosenthal
  7. 10 Nutritional Deficiencies that May Cause Depression
    by Therese Borchard
  8. 4 Warning Signs Marriage Therapists Use to Predict Divorce
    by Marni Feuerman
  9. 45 Conversation Starters to Bolster Your Bond with Your Friends and Family
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS
  10. Is Masturbation Bad for You?
    by Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CST, CSAT

Top 15 Most Popular Articles from the Psych Central Blog Network

These are the top 15 most popular articles from our blog network for 2015:

  1. 5 Things Never to Say to an Anxious Child
    by Renee Jain, MAPP
  2. Raised By Parents With Low Emotional Intelligence
    by Jonice Webb, Ph.D.
  3. Best Quotes For Anxious, Highly Sensitive & Creative People
    by David Silverman, MA, LMFT
  4. The Six Hallmarks of a Sociopath
    by Jonice Webb, Ph.D.
  5. The Most Harmful Kind of Parent
    by Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D.
  6. Emotional Attachment: 5 Unhealthy Relational Patterns
    by Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC
  7. How To Spot A Bad Therapist: 10 Major Signs
    by Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC
  8. The One Person You Should NEVER Say You’re Sorry To
    by Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski
  9. 6 Signs You Are Not Living The Life You Are Meant To
    by Claire Dorotik-Nana, LMFT
  10. The Importance of Keeping A Notebook
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS
  11. Double Trouble: Two Bad Habits That Kill Relationships
    by Mike Bundrant
  12. One creative way to cope with anxiety
    by Diana C. Pitaru, M.S., L.P.C.
  13. A Surprising Cause of Narcissism
    by Jonice Webb, Ph.D.
  14. Frustration: 10 Worst Things To Say To Someone With Mental Illness
    by Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC
  15. 8 Symptoms That May Require A Mental Health Evaluation
    by Támara Hill, MS, NCC, LPC

Top 10 Articles from Psych Central Professional

Here are top 10 most popular articles from our professional site in 2015:

  1. Eight Mental Abuse Tactics Narcissists Use on Spouses
    by Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC
  2. How a Narcissist Treats Their Spouse
    by Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC
  3. The Narcissistic Cycle of Abuse
    by Christine Hammond, MS, LMHC
  4. Neurontin: Does it Work for Anxiety?
    by The Carlat Psychiaty Report
  5. Differentiating Borderline Personality Disorder from Bipolar Disorder
    by Bernadette Grosjean, MD
  6. What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting A Private Practice
    by Dr. Julie Hanks, LCSW
  7. Humor Abuse: Humor as a Psychological Defense
    by Niall Kavanagh, MS
  8. 10 Tips for Helping Your Child Overcome Anger
    by Heather Gilmore, LLMSW
  9. Long Acting Injectable Antipsychotics: A Primer
    by Kelly Gable, PharmD, BCPP & Daniel Carlat, MD
  10. Top 10 Websites for Building Your Private Practice
    by Dr. Julie Hanks, LCSW

Top 10 Psychology, Brain and Mental Health News Topics

And finally, here are the top 10 news topics we covered in 2015:

  1. How Cannabis Affects Bipolar Disorder
    by Traci Pedersen
  2. Posting of Selfies May Suggest Personality IssuesPosting of Selfies May Suggest Personality Issues
    by Rick Nauert, Ph.D.
  3. Benzodiazepine Drugs Tied To Increased Risk of Dementia
    by Rick Nauert, Ph.D.
  4. Social Anxiety Tied to Overabundance of Serotonin
    by Traci Pedersen
  5. Low Empathy Associated with Borderline Personality Disorder
    by Rick Nauert, Ph.D.
  6. Fermented Food Linked to Mental Health
    by Jane Collingwood
  7. Some Facebook Statuses Reveal Low Self-Esteem, Narcissism
    by Traci Pedersen
  8. Borderline Personality Disorder May Be as Disabling as Bipolar Disorder
    by Traci Pedersen
  9. A Man’s Smile Identifies Level of Sexism
    by Rick Nauert, Ph.D.
  10. New Doubts About Role of Serotonin in Depression
    by Jane Collingwood