Welcome to Psycom.net! We’re a website with a long history entirely focused on mental health.

Founded in 1996 by Ivan K. Goldberg, MD, a highly-regarded psychiatrist, and clinical psychopharmacologist. Dr. Goldberg, now deceased, had a private practice in New York City for 50 years where he specialized in treating people seeking relief after many failed attempts through medication and different therapies. He also served on the staff of the National Institute of Mental Health and in the departments of psychiatry at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Goldberg devoted much of his time to evaluating and providing advanced and innovative treatments for individuals with treatment-resistant depression or bipolar disorder. One of his most enduring accomplishments was the development of The Goldberg Depression Test, a self-administered screening test that can still be found on the site today. This screening test is one of many used by people just like you who are trying to understand why they feel so bad.

How We Can Help You

Today, Psycom is the 3rd largest site in the US that focuses exclusively on mental health.

We deliver the answers to your mental health-related questions in language that is clear and authoritative. Psycom works with mental health professionals, veteran writers, and health journalists to produce content that offers the insight you need to understand your feelings and sort through them. Many of our contributors struggle with mental health issues themselves and consider their work a form of public service. They share what they’ve learned through their research and interviews with top experts, therapists, and authors in their articles.  For many of us, writing about mental health is a way to work through our own challenges…a way to help us heal.

Unlike other mental health websites, we have:

We also have condition reviews written by or reviewed and approved by our growing editorial board of advisors and practical advice to connect you with resources such as how to find affordable therapy.

Plus, a look into what it’s like to live with various mental health challenges written by people living with schizophrenia, bipolar and other conditions. If you’re already diagnosed, there’s plenty here for you, too. Want to know more about dating when you have OCD or how to manage anxiety at work? We’ve got it. You’ll also find expert tips and everyday advice to help you take better care of yourself through diet, exercise and self-care of just get a better night’s sleep.

But enough about us…

The Best Way to Be Informed 

Want to stay connected with Psycom? Sign up for our twice-monthly eNewsletter here (Don’t worry, we won’t waste your time with uninteresting articles!)

We also have a growing Instagram account with nearly 10,000 followers where you can connect with other people like you and—through our #storiesnotstigma campaign—share your story or favorite inspirational quote.

So, help us break the stigma of mental illness—share your story or give us some feedback. Psycom knows that living with mental illness is tough. We hope you’ll find some reassurance, insight and helpful support here.

Now for the Fine Print…

Editorial Content: Review and Fact-Checking

Editorial content is generated by veteran health writers, therapists, and clinicians. It is updated regularly and reviewed for quality and accuracy by members of the Psycom Editorial Advisory Board and fact-checked. All editorial content must meet the following standards:

Clear: Is written in a manner that is appropriate for the audience

Current: Presents information that is up-to-date, including current research, news, and recent developments in the field

Relevant: Addresses prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and/or lifestyle information for mental health disorders

Objective: Presents a balanced view of an issue, when one or more alternative views exist. If an author is strongly associated with a particular viewpoint, a comment from an Editorial Board member is added to provide balance. The author’s financial disclosures and any potential conflicts of interest are noted on each author page.

Trustworthy: Is reviewed by one or more Editorial Advisory Board members and/or mental health professionals

Content from People Living with Mental Health Conditions

Some of our content is generated by people who want to help others by sharing their stories of struggle and hope. They are written in the first person and fact-checked for accuracy but not reviewed by our board of advisors.

Health Review Board

Our team of research scientists and health professionals ensures you’re getting the latest, most accurate information. Each member has both specialized expertise and broad-based knowledge of mental health. Meet the team:

  • Dr. John Carosso, PsyD. Dr. Carosso has more than 30 years of experience as a licensed child clinical psychologist and certified school psychologist. He specializes in autism and dyslexia.
  • Sherry Amatenstein, LCSW. Amatenstein is a New York City-based therapist and author of three books including The Complete Marriage Counselor and Love Lessons from Bad Breakups. She conducts workshops and seminars on handling trauma and other subjects around the world.
  • Katie Hurley, LCSW. Hurley is the author of No More Mean Girls and The Happy Kid Handbook. She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with learning disabilities, anxiety and low self-esteem.
  • Dr Michael McGee, MD. Dr. McGee is the Chief Medical Officer of The Haven, a psychiatric treatment facility located in the Central Coast of California that specializes in the treatment of addictions.
  • Henry A. Montero, MS, MHC. Montero is a board certified Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), credentialed by Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) in alcohol, substance abuse, tobacco dependence, and anger management. He has spoken about a variety of mental health subjects at the United Nations and has published mental health clinical and research information globally.
  • Kartic Rajput MD, PhD. Dr. Rajput has extensive experience in the area of neuropsychiatry and pain. He is double board Certified in Psychiatry and Pain Medicine from American Board of Medical Specialties.
  • Dr. Kathleen Smith, PhD., LPC. Dr. Smith is a graduate of George Washington University and Harvard University. Her areas of interest include anxiety, relationships, and the effects of popular culture on mental health.

Writers and Editors

Rebecca Dolgin is the executive editor of Psycom. As a former Editor in Chief, Rebecca has spent over 20 years on major consumer websites and magazines directing the editorial mission and strategy and bringing it to life with incredibly talented teams. Through storytelling, she has developed new brands, grown and engaged audiences, and  inspired action. Most recently, Rebecca worked with Hearst Digital Media on digital brands like Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire. Prior to this, she was the editor in chief at XO Group and oversaw digital, video, social, and print for The Knot (the #1 wedding website), The Nest and The Bump, and launched the company’s first in-house branded content agency, The Studio. Holding degrees in both journalism and social psychology has enabled Rebecca to approach service journalism from a unique perspective–one that takes into account the social context and group behavior patterns. Her research interests focus on language and emotion.

To ensure the editorial quality, Psycom has assembled a team of veteran health writers and mental health professionals who stay on top of the trends and contribute articles regularly. Every effort is made to ensure that editorial contributors to Psycom do not work on sponsored or promotional projects.

Content Limitations

The content on the site is for educational purposes only. The site does not present medical advice and should never interfere with the patient and physician relationship. Visitors should consult with their physician on all matters pertaining to their medical condition.

Content Privacy

Extensive efforts are made to ensure that content on the site protects patient privacy.  You can read the full Privacy Policy here.

Content and FDA Labeling Limitations

Psycom does not endorse, promote, or encourage the use of medical devices or medications in a manner that has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Appearance of an advertisement on a specific page does not indicate that Psycom or the advertiser is promoting the use of a product for a non-approved use.

URAC Standards

URAC is a non-profit, independent accreditation agency based in Washington, DC which offers a nationally-recognized accreditation process and seal of approval for health websites. The process for accrediatation is comprehensive, detailed and lengthy. Psycom is actively working to comply with all URAC standards and to ultimately complete the accreditation process.

Update Frequency

Psycom works to ensure that the site’s content is of high quality. To this end, the team monitors ads daily and updates content weekly.

Patient Article Submissions

If you’re a mental health professional and interested in submitting a patient-focused article, please contact the editor. In your email, give a brief summary of your article idea(s) and some basic information about yourself. Psycom’s editor will contact you within 5 to 10 business days.

Last updated July 30, 2019

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2020