We know trust is earned, so we’re happy to share more about how Psych Central creates content that’s accurate, straightforward, current, and actionable.
Finding mental health and wellness information is easy. It’s everywhere. But finding trustworthy, relevant, usable information can be hard and even overwhelming. Psych Central is changing all that. We’re making health information understandable and accessible so you can make the best decisions for yourself and the people you love.
We simplify complex topics and avoid unnecessary jargon so you can feel confident and take action. Whether you’re looking for fact-based guidance about a specific condition, an episodic mental health issue, or general wellness, we’re here for you.
We’re aware the journey is different for everyone, so we stand for inclusivity and empathy. We’re here — free of judgment — for everyone seeking better health.
We want to be your most trusted ally in your pursuit of mental health and wellness.
Psych Central’s editorial and medical teams are committed to creating quality content and experiences by upholding the highest journalistic standards. We strive to provide comprehensive, unbiased, honest, and timely guidance and actionable next steps.
Psych Central’s clinical and drug content is medically reviewed by a team of medical professionals or fact-checked by professional journalists to ensure accuracy. Our medical review team covers a wide range of medical specialties, with extensive experience in clinical practice, research, and patient advocacy.
Psych Central carefully assesses all potential mental health and wellness writers. We vet our content creators for subject matter expertise and relevant life experience. We train them on research and sourcing best practices, and we provide regular feedback and ongoing coaching.
We have strict sourcing guidelines and rely on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, government agencies, and medical associations.
Every article is thoroughly researched, and sources are vetted to ensure they are recent, authoritative, and objective. Primary sources, including studies, scientific references, and statistics, are linked within each article or can be found in the resources section at the bottom of our articles.
The way we think about and address mental health is constantly evolving. New research emerges, old ideas are disproven, and terminology becomes out of date.
Diversity and inclusivity are also baked into our editorial strategy from the start. We aim to provide all readers a safe space with compassion and understanding as they explore their mental health journey.
At Psych Central, we monitor and update our content to ensure we’re sharing information that’s medically up to date, compassionate, and inclusive. To make this a reality, our editors and experts focus on identifying and updating inaccurate, outdated, or unclear information.
Our Psych Central Advisory Board, composed of several clinicians working in the mental health space, help us stay updated on new and emerging research and treatments. Advisers also serve as key references for editors when creating articles and content packages.
Our Medical Integrity team keeps tabs on changes in standards of care, new clinical guidelines, drug approvals or recalls, and major practice recommendations. The team brings these insights to our editors and partners so content can be updated to reflect the latest, most accurate, and most useful information.
You may see a few dates on our content. Each of these refers to a different step in our editorial process.
- Each piece of content is given a “written on” date when it is originally written and published on our site.
- Every time a piece of content is reviewed by an expert member in our Medical Network, it receives a new “medical review” date.
- Every time a piece of content is verified by one of our professional fact-checkers, it receives a new “fact-checked” date.
- Whenever a piece of content is modified, it receives a new “updated on” date. The modifications may include correcting minor inaccuracies, adding new information, replacing images and sources, or making any other changes to improve the value of the content for you, the reader..
We undertake content updating and re-review as a result of several ongoing processes:
- Regular audits. We perform regular audits of content to address changes in language and medical terminology and trends in health communities.
- Annual brand vetting. We reevaluate vetted brands on a yearly basis and update any content referencing those brands to reflect any changes in the brand’s performance against our vetting criteria.
- Timely updates every day. Our news team monitors changes in developing stories and publishes timely updates about the most important mental health news of the day.
- Immediate action from feedback. We invite reader feedback on our content and take immediate action to address any potential issues. When a reader alerts us about a potential issue with our content — such as inaccurate, outdated, unclear, or contradictory information — we take immediate action. Our editorial and medical teams research the feedback, determine what revisions are needed, and update the content.