Hi, I'm Dr. John Grohol and I'd like to welcome you to Psych Central, a community of people dealing with mental health, family, parenting or relationship issues, just like you or someone you care about. We're here to help -- not try and sell you something.
So relax, take a deep breath, and know you have a partner in your journey.
My motivation for helping others change their lives in positive ways began after I lost my childhood best friend to mental illness. His memory lives on through this website, and you can read more about our dedication to mental health here.
We're here to give you relevant, objective information about mental health, psychology and relationship issues. By having such information, you become an empowered individual who can then make better informed decisions about your treatment and personal recovery (or that of a loved one or friend).
You might've noticed that this website is run by ordinary mental health professionals -- not a group of business people, sales guys, or investors looking to make a quick return on their money. That's on purpose -- that way you know the information we're providing is there because of our expertise.
We've been doing this for over 17 years -- yes, long before Google and WebMD were around. And we hope to be doing this for many years to come, because there will always be people who need the kind of independent, objective information we provide.
So welcome! And please let me know if there's anything more we can do to help you with your needs.
If you're looking for a community of people who truly care about you and will help support your (or a loved one's) needs, you have two choices here at Psych Central. Our largest community is our Psych Central Community, where you can find self-help support groups on dozens of common mental health, daily living, and relationship issues. We also have a second community called NeuroTalk that is smaller and focuses on neurological and related conditions (like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease). Both communities are closely monitored by a caring bunch of volunteers and overseen by Dr. John Grohol. Regardless of which community you choose (or both!), we encourage you to choose a username for yourself that you do not use elsewhere online. This will help increase your privacy as well.
If you're not here for community but instead are looking for reliable mental health information that isn't just someone else's licensed content, you've come to the right place. Over 90% of our content is original material, written exclusively for Psych Central and regularly reviewed for accuracy.
We also have over two dozen popular interactive quizzes on a range of topics, such as ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, amongst many others. They are mostly short (under 25 questions), scientifically valid, and give you instant results. Most also allow you to save your results to your Psych Central account, so you can track your progress over time.
Not sure where to begin? You may want to try our Sanity Score, which is a general mental health screening of approximately 90 questions. It takes about 10-15 minutes to complete, but will give you a more complete picture of your life.
Again, welcome to our family here at Psych Central! Of course all of our services are and have always been free, so please enjoy them. Have a suggestion? We'd love to hear it! Thank you for choosing Psych Central.
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 18 Mar 2012
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