From the release of the hotly debated and latest incarnation of mental health’s diagnostic guidebook to the enactment of legislation that forces insurers to treat mental health and physical health equally, 2013 was an important year in the field we cover.
At GoodTherapy.org, it was also a landmark year, one in which our membership and readership soared to levels few could have envisioned when licensed marriage and family therapist Noah Rubinstein—determined to promote the benefits of healthy and ethical psychotherapy—launched the company out of his Anchorage, Alaska home seven years ago.
Today, GoodTherapy.org is visited by hundreds of thousands of people each month. Many come to search for therapists, of course, but others are looking to educate themselves about psychology and therapy issues. The Good Therapy Blog is one of the best-read and most trusted mental health resources on the web, thanks in large part to the Topic Expert contributors who supply us with original and well-researched articles on a daily basis.
We wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the articles that made an impression on you in 2013 and, likewise, made an impression on us. Based on social media and web traffic statistics, here are the 10 articles you engaged with the most last year:
By Cynthia Lubow, MS, MFT, Depression Topic Expert Contributor
A major depressive episode can alter not only a person’s mood and sense of belonging but also his or her reality.
By Zawn Villines, GoodTherapy.org Correspondent
Whether video games contribute to violence and other issues continues to be the subject of intense debate, obscuring several possible benefits of gaming.
By Sarah Noel, MS, LMHC, Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy) Topic Expert Contributor
Grief is a normal part of human experience, particularly after the loss of a loved one. The DSM-V pathologizes grief resulting from bereavement by allowing for a mental health diagnosis in the form of depression.
By Janeen Herskovitz, MA, Autism Spectrum Topic Expert Contributor
Not to be confused with art education, art therapy provides an ideal platform for children on the autism spectrum to express themselves.
By Traci Stein, PhD, MPH, Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Topic Expert Contributor
The winter solstice marks powerful change—and an opportunity for reflection and renewal that may invite the same in your life.
By Jeremy Frank, PhD, CAC, Drug and Alcohol Addiction Topic Expert Contributor
The three “A’s” of divorce—abuse, addiction, and affairs—can unravel even the strongest of relationships. Counseling can help.
By Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW, Self-Compassion Topic Expert Contributor
Self-hatred, which often forms in childhood, can manifest in a variety of destructive ways. The antidote? Self-compassion.
By Anastasia Pollock, LCMHC, Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma Topic Expert Contributor
It’s natural to want to run from the painful symptoms surrounding trauma, but doing so only prolongs the healing process.
By Allison Abrams, LCSW, Depression Topic Expert Contributor
Clinical depression may go unnoticed or untreated for far too long, in part due to the stigma and shame that surround it.
By Ryan Howes, PhD, ABPP
There are several perks of the therapeutic relationship that go above and beyond reasons people first go to therapy, making the experience even more fulfilling.
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