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Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2013

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

Top 10 Psychology Blog Topics

Here are the top 10 psychology and mental health topics of 2013 that appeared here on the World of Psychology blog at Psych Central:

  1. Signs of Emotional Abuse
    by Maria Bogdanos
  2. 5 Things to Do When You Feel Insecure
    by Therese Borchard
  3. But I Love Him! So What is Love?
    by Linda Sapadin, Ph.D.
  4. 9 Things Not to Say to Someone with Mental Illness
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS
  5. 7 Sure Signs of a Commitment-Phobe
    by Larry Cappel
  6. 8 Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Your Health
    by Christy Matta, MA
  7. 4 Things Introverts Do that Makes Them Effective Leaders
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS
  8. Why Girls Fall for Bad Boys
    by Lauren Suval
  9. Words Can Change Your Brain
    by Therese Borchard
  10. 6 Strategies to Become a Better Communicator
    by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS

Top 10 Most Popular Articles from the Psych Central Blog Network

These are the top 10 most popular articles from our blog network for 2013:

  1. The 5 Regrets of the Dying
    by Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
  2. 10 Signs You May Be in an Unhealthy Relationship
    by Nathan Feiles, LCSW
  3. Understanding & Explaining Chronic Pain Part 1 – The Spoon Theory
    by Tracy Rydzy, MSW, LSW
  4. 12-Steps to Creating Motivation When Depressed
    by Nathan Feiles, LCSW
  5. Negative Self Talk: Top 10 Things NOT to Say to Yourself
    by Mike Bundrant
  6. Six Things Happy Couples Do Differently than the Rest (Based on Research)
    by Mike Bundrant
  7. Common Courtesy: 7 Things You Do That Might Irritate People
    by Erica Loberg
  8. Why Relationships Break Up
    by Nathan Feiles, LCSW
  9. How To Spot A Narcissist On Facebook
    by Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski
  10. Self-Love: The Key to Breaking the Fear Barrier to Feel Safe Enough Love
    by Athena Staik, Ph.D.

Top 10 Psychology, Brain and Mental Health News Topics

And finally, here are the top 10 news topics we covered in 2013:

  1. Marijuana
    For example: Long-Term Pot Use Tied to Less Dopamine, Which May Help Explain Less Motivation
  2. Video games and violence
    For example: In New Study, Video Games Not Tied to Violence in High-Risk Youth
  3. Depression
    For example: Depressed People Process Personal Information Differently
  4. Existential fears
    For example: Acetaminophen Seems to Ease Some Existential Fears
  5. Meditation and relaxation
    For example: Meditation’s Effects on Emotion Shown to Persist
  6. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    For example: No ADHD Drugs for Healthy Kids, Say Neurologists
  7. Sleep
    For example: Your Face Tells the Story When You’ve Had a Bad Night’s Sleep
  8. The psychology of power
    For example: The Surprising Link Between Power And Punishment
  9. Thinking and human cognition
    For example: Thinking Too Much Can be Detrimental to Human Performance
  10. Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder
    For example: Study Probes Distinctions Between Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder
Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2013

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder of Psych Central. He is a psychologist, author, researcher, and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues since 1995. Dr. Grohol has a Master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

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Grohol, J. (2018). Top 10 Psychology & Mental Health Topics of 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2020, from
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