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Dr. John Grohol
John M. Grohol, Psy.D. is an expert in online psychology and behavior, researcher, author, and CEO & founder of the leading mental health and psychology network, Psych Since receiving his doctorate in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 1995, Dr. Grohol has worked tirelessly as an online patient advocate and publisher of independent, objective mental health information designed to reduce the stigma associated with these concerns.

He founded Psych Central in 1995 as one of the first mental health and psychology sites that offered information about the symptoms and treatments of mental disorders, including interactive screening quizzes and self-help tools. It now is the home to over 170 support groups, over 200,000 members, and was recognized by as one of the 50 Best Websites of 2008.

Dr. Grohol has also worked for a number of e-Health firms, including; the Internet's first online clinic,; and Steve Case's Revolution Health, helping them with their own mental health centers and understanding the power of online self-help support groups.

As one of the pioneering leaders in psychology online, Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board for the journal CyberPsychology, Social Networking & Behavior and is a founding member of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He is also the author of The Insider's Guide to Mental Health Resources Online (Guilford) and blogs regularly at as well as on

Entries by Dr. John Grohol

The Future of People With Severe Mental Illness Is Safe

(17) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 10:31 AM

Susan Inman recently wrote a blog post condemning the Alternatives conference, a conference for mental health advocates, people who've undergone treatment and been harmed or benefited from it, those in recovery, and survivors. In it, she argues that because of this single conference, "the future of people with severe...

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6 Tips to Reduce Your Stress This Holiday Season

(6) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:29 AM

The holidays are upon us -- and so is the time of the year when a lot of people get stressed out and overwhelmed, and feel like it's a never-ending bother. Relatives want to get together, and inevitably, the old arguments and kidding will repeat themselves. Families repeat endless cycles...

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5 Tips to Increase Your Life's Happiness

(39) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 9:05 AM

Happiness is one of those concepts we all seem to love to learn more about, but we are unwilling to take any big steps to increase it in our own lives. Some experts claim happiness can be found in a particular herb or a special diet, but there's little research...

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Why Birthers Don't Care About the Facts of Obama

(23) Comments | Posted April 29, 2011 | 4:56 PM

In a wild turn of events yesterday, President Barack Obama released a copy of his "long-form" birth certificate from Hawaii, to the chagrin of many who saw this action as validating the concerns of a fringe group of people who believe Obama is not a U.S. citizen (the "birthers"). The...

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Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is a 'Hot Mess'

(14) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 6:29 PM

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark is a Broadway show currently running in "previews," meaning it hasn't officially opened yet. But since it'll be running in preview mode until at least mid-March (and perhaps longer) -- all the while charging full ticket price to unsuspecting patrons -- it's deserving of more...

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Alone for Thanksgiving? How to Make the Most of It

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 12:20 PM

The holidays are upon us once again, and for many, it's a time of the year they spend alone. There are many reasons this occurs, whether it be because we can't afford to go home, or we have no "home" to travel to. Sometimes we just find ourselves alone for...

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Psychotherapy Advice: 6 Ways to Get More Out of Your Therapy Session

(7) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 9:20 AM

"I've shared more in my blog than I could ever tell my therapist."

"I wish my therapist could read this online support group. Then they might begin to understand what I'm really going through."

You've gathered up the energy and resources to start psychotherapy. It's a big step and...

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A Look at Abundance at SXSW 2010

(3) Comments | Posted March 14, 2010 | 5:37 PM

When Napster ruled the music sharing world nearly a decade ago, it wasn't about sharing music. It was instead about sharing information. And not just a little information, but a great abundance of information. At its peak, Napster had 70 million users at a time when the Internet was 20...

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4 Steps To Better Communication

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2009 | 5:57 PM

Relationships don't exist in a vacuum. They exist between two emotional human beings who bring their own past experiences, history, and expectations into it. Two different people also have different levels of skill when it comes to communication. Improving your communication can readily be learned.

The most popular myth about...

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Psychology Holy Wars

(1) Comments | Posted October 5, 2009 | 1:15 PM

It's bad enough that when a person has a problem in their lives, they're not quite sure who to turn to. More often than not, when that problem is of the mental health variety, they turn to their primary care doctor. That physician will then evaluate the concern in the...

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Rorschach, Research and Wikipedia

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2009 | 7:48 PM

There was a bit of a tussle in the world of psychology recently when The New York Times published an article discussing the controversy of the publication of the Rorschach inkblots (yes, the inkblots made famous in the psychological test, the Rorschach Inkblot Test) on Wikipedia. This despite the...

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Oprah and the Power to Persuade

(23) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 1:08 PM

Two weeks ago, Newsweek took on Oprah with a cover story calling out her promotion of some of her guests' health claims, which are sometimes not always based upon scientifically-sound principles or research. It's hard to take on a powerhouse media deity like Oprah, because of her positive influence...

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7 Ways To Cope With A Layoff

(5) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 9:11 AM

With company layoffs in the daily news, being laid off is something that is still often unexpected, shocking and can feel like the wind has been knocked out of you. While it's never about a single employee, it doesn't make it feel any less personal. A layoff is out of...

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