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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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21 Mental Health Doctors & Therapists You Should Be Following on Twitter

There are a lot of fascinating therapists, psychologists, counselors and psychiatrists online today -- a far cry from what things looked like 20 years ago when Psych Central was founded. So we thought we'd spend some quality time culling Twitter for some of the more interesting folks whose Twitter feed is full of good conversation and information.

Below, in no particular order, you'll find what we consider to be some of the best mental health doctors and therapists you should be following on Twitter. We at Psych Central are proud to provide lots of great content, but realize that we can’t be the only source of information on the vast internet. Some you may recognize and already follow, while others will be brand new to you.

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5 Foolproof Tips to Overcome Procrastination

If you’re like me, you have a growing to-do list filled with big ideas to accomplish. Yet day after day, life gets in the way and our passion project falls by the wayside.

We make excuses like “I’ll do it tomorrow” or “I’m not in the mindset right now”, waiting for the perfect moment of inspiration to suddenly strike. The funny thing is that “perfect moment” doesn’t actually exist.
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Top 10 PTSD Blogs of 2014

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often is linked to military veterans, but it can affect anyone following a traumatic event. There are five subtypes: normal stress response, acute stress disorder, uncomplicated PTSD, comorbid PTSD and complex PTSD. Sleep disturbances and flashbacks, where the sufferer relives the trauma, are hallmarks of the disease.

PTSD has several other symptoms, some of which overlap with other disorders. These include a loss of interest in regular activities, feeling depressed, anxious and difficulty concentrating. A person with PTSD may find it difficult to relate to loved ones. Instead they are emotionally distant and consumed with a sense of dread.

These blogs have been selected because they contain links and strategies specifically for people with PTSD in its various forms.

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Top 10 Bipolar Blogs of 2014

Bipolar disorder is characterized by extreme changes in mood, from mania to depression, which are different from the ups and downs experienced in day-to-day life.

A person’s energy and activity levels reflect their mood. Mania is a period of euphoria, where a person may be unable to sit still or stop talking. During a manic phase, a person may be super-productive and filled with new ideas, but they may also engage in reckless behavior, such as risky sex or gambling. At the other end of the spectrum, during a depressive phase, a person may feel listless, hopeless and worthless, sometimes struggling even to get out of bed.

These blogs have been selected to show the differences in functioning across the disorder and together demonstrate the complexity of the disorder and its treatment. Along with the stark, poignant honesty of personal stories, they offer intelligent reflection and discussion on what science has to say over a condition which is far from easy answers.

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Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2013

It's time to wish 2013 goodbye. With its passing, we -- like a lot of people -- spend some time reflecting upon the year.

We're honored to have so many people check out our mental health and psychology resources and information on Psych Central -- over 5 million people a month now. We're also home to over 200 online support groups with over 315,000 members in two communities.

The good news about 2014 is that every new year brings with it the possibility of a new start and changing those aspects about yourself that perhaps could use a little improvement. We’re here to help you with those goals.

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

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Dr. Google is Calling & You can (Mostly) Trust Her

Nowadays, nearly everybody turns to Google (and to a lesser extent, Bing or a Bing-powered website like Yahoo) to search for information. And nowhere is that more true than when we want to learn about a health or mental health concern.

It also, however, makes you wonder... Google seems to do a pretty good job in giving us relevant results for all kinds of information. But how's it do with mental health information results specifically? Are the results you get from Google and Bing when you conduct a search for mental health information of high content quality and useful?

So last year, I ran a research study (which was just recently published) to find out.

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Top 10 Mental Health Apps

With so many apps on the market, it’s hard to know which are useful.

Many are designed by software developers instead of psychologists, without scientific testing. They range from beneficial, to harmless but useless, to bordering on fraudulent.

The apps selected for this list make no hucksterish claims and are based on established treatments. Progressive Muscle Relaxation, for example, has been used for a century and is likely just as effective in this new medium. Knowledge from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy enrich two apps on this list. Others mix solid information with ingenuity.

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What Came First, Religion or Depression?

There’s a cartoon picturing a chicken and an egg in bed together. The chicken is smoking a cigarette with a very satisfied expression on his face, and the egg is restless and disgruntled. The egg finally looks over to the chicken and says, “Well, I guess that answers that question.”

That’s how I think of the relationship between religion and depression: like the chicken and the egg debacle.

I can’t say which came first in my life, because they were both there from the start. And you need only read through a few of the lives of the saints or walk the exhibition aisles at the Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit to see that holy people aren’t all that happy much of the time.

How is it that we depressives tend to be more spiritual? Or is it that the more religion you get in your life, the more depressed?

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Top 10 Mental Health Videos of 2011

Inspiring. Sobering. Entertaining. Touching. Enriching.

This year has been great for brain and behavior videos, with an ever-growing number of lectures and educational videos appearing online, as well as savvy homemade videos in social media. Conversations about mental health are increasingly entering the mainstream, and videos like these spark dialogue, reduce ignorance, assist viewers, and fight stigma. They're also a great distraction, and a way to relax without feeling guilty about wasting time.

Each of the videos on this list has been chosen as being among the best of its kind made this year, ranging from a contest winner to viral videos to high profile lectures. With so much great work out there, I can't wait to see more in 2012 (follow Channel N to view what I find).

But first, let's celebrate 2011 in videos.

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Psych Central Captures an Aesculapius Award of Excellence and 5 of the Top 10 Depression Influencers Online

Sharecare, a website that launched just two months ago, released its "Top 10 Online Influencers in Depression" last week. Of the 10 people named, half of them are Psych Central contributors or bloggers. No other organization online came anywhere close. We're very honored and proud to have so many amazing people working for us here, and we're flattered their tireless work in the name of mental health and depression is recognized.

Here are the 5 amazing Psych Central contributors honored on the list:

#1 - Julie Hanks, MSW, LCSW, BCD - Ask the Therapist and Private Practice Toolbox
#3 - Therese J. Borchard - World of Psychology contributor
#4 - Chato B. Stweart - Mental Health Humor
#6 - Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA - Ask the Therapist and Proof Positive
#8 - Rick Nauert, Ph.D. - Senior Editor, Psych Central News

We're also pleased to announce that we were a winner this year of an Award of Excellence for health-related websites in the Aesculapius Awards of Excellence. We're in good company with the likes of Autism Speaks and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health as fellow award recipients.

What an amazing year 2011 has been for Psych Central. As a site we've built from the ground-up to service the needs of people from around the world who have questions about mental health, psychotherapy, treatment and psychology, we continue to reach more than 2 million people each month (making us, by far, the largest mental health network in the world today). We hope to get that up to 3 million/month in 2012, and with your help in spreading the word, I see no reason why we can't attain that goal!

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