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100 Great Psychology Research Paper Topics

Updated on August 4, 2017
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Does changing your facial expression actually change the way you feel?
Does changing your facial expression actually change the way you feel? | Source

Emotional Health

  1. What is normal mental functioning?
  2. Are there side effects to taking Prozac? or Zoloft for depression?
  3. How can you tell when you are ready to stop taking drugs for depression or anxiety?
  4. Are there effective natural alternatives to drugs used for mental health? Why are dreams hard to remember?
  5. What do reoccurring dreams mean?
  6. How do colors affect our moods?
  7. Who is Freud? What did he believe? How relevant is Freud for today’s psychiatry? Identify and define the different schools of thought most common in psychiatric practice today.
  8. What is the process of education to become a psychiatrist?
  9. How does lack of sleep affect our mental state?
  10. How does REM sleep affect our mental state?
  11. Do we need a certain amount of it? How to interpret dreams? Are certain images symbols for something else?
  12. Can exercise improve your mental health?
  13. What is the best way to keep your brain healthy as you age?
  14. What are the stages of brain development in infants from birth to two?
  15. Why do children need to play?

Research Links

Psychology Today: Easy to understand articles on mental health topics

Discover: Current research on the mind and brain.

Women and Mental Health

How do the different stages of a woman's life affect her mental health?
How do the different stages of a woman's life affect her mental health? | Source
  1. Do women suffer more mental health problems than men?
  2. What causes some women to have postpartum depression?
  3. What is the best way to prevent postpartum depression?
  4. What is postpartum depression, or the “Baby Blues?” Is it a mental illness?
  5. Why do some mothers become so mentally ill that they harm their children?
  6. Why do so many women in developed nations experience depression?
  7. How do mental illnesses affect women differently?
  8. How does Infertility affect mental health in women?
  9. What are the side effects of antidepressants for women?
  10. What is the effect of long-term antidepressant use for women?
  11. Why do women attempt suicide more often than men?
  12. How do women's symptoms of stress differ from the symptoms of men?
  13. Dr. Wanda K. Jones states that "Women's mental health is critical to their overall health and the health of our Nation." Agree or disagree with this statement.
  14. How do women's friendships contribute to good or poor mental health?
  15. How is child abuse related to mental health issues?
  16. How do relationship problems damage a teen girl's mental health?
  17. What are the signs of an eating disorder?
  18. How can you help someone who has an eating disorder?
  19. How can parents help their daughters have good mental health?
  20. How does the changing hormone levels of women affect their mental health?

Research Links

Women's Health.gov: Publications by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about Mental health issues and how these affect women.

World Health Organization: gender issues about mental health in women and children around the world.

Mental Illness

  1. How does obesity affect mental health?
  2. How do you know when someone you love has a mental illness?
  3. What causes some children to become self-destructive?
  4. Why do teenagers cut themselves?
  5. What causes anorexia?
  6. Which is worse for returning soldiers, their physical or their mental injuries?
  7. How do doctors treat soldiers with post-traumatic stress syndrome?
  8. What are the mental illnesses most common among returning soldiers?
  9. Which gender has the most mental illness, men or women?
  10. Are there some people who have no conscience?
  11. What is ADHD? What causes it?
  12. What is obsessive-compulsive disorder? How can you tell if someone has this?
  13. How can a person with OCD prevent their disorder from taking over their lives?
  14. Do media such as video games, movies, and music tend to help people release pent-up emotion so that they are more mentally healthy, or does it tend to cause people to become more violent, angry and afraid?
  15. How can you know if you are mentally ill or not?
  16. What are phobias? What are the most common things people are afraid of? What are the most unusual fears?
  17. What is the physical effect of stress and anxiety? How does mental stress hurt our physical
  18. How did survivors of the Holocaust keep from becoming mentally ill?
  19. What is the youngest age a person can be mentally ill?
  20. Is there a genetic basis for some people becoming violent?
  21. How does the divorce of a parent affect the mental health of college students?
  22. When a person is really a danger to themselves or others?
  23. Is there ever a time when physical violence should be forgiven and forgotten?
  24. Are adopted children as mentally healthy as children who stay with their birth parents?
  25. How does the mental health of Americans compare to mental health in other countries?
  26. Which country in the world has the best mental health? Why?
  27. Why are so many homeless people mentally ill?
  28. Should genetic testing be done to criminals? Should evidence that the criminal had poor impulse control or other genetic mental weakness be taken into consideration during a trial?
  29. Why are so many artists mentally unstable?
  30. How is color related to a mental state?
  31. What is the effect on children of their parent’s divorce?
  32. Do children who are under five when their parents’ divorce do better or worse than children who are older?
  33. What is Sensory Deficit disorder? How can you tell when someone has it?
  34. Is mental illness genetic? How much do genes affect a person’s ability to have mental health?

Fact Sheets on Disorders

National Institute of Mental Health: direct link to full-text online fact sheets about mental illness and information about many different mental disorders listed alphabetically. Information is available in English or En Espanol. The NIH is a government resource of information about studies and publications about many mental health issues.

Treatment

Which affects your mood most: genetics or environment?
Which affects your mood most: genetics or environment? | Source
  1. Can ADHD be cured? What is the best process of treatment?
  2. What is Music Therapy? How can music help people with mental disorders?
  3. How can drugs help memory loss?
  4. What is bulimia? How can it be treated?
  5. What is the relationship between religion and mental health? Can religious counseling, prayer or other religious practices improve or treat mental illness?
  6. How does Art Therapy help mentally ill patients?
  7. Do St. John’s Wort and other supplements really help with depression?
  8. What happens when someone is admitted to a mental hospital? What is the goal for treatment at such a facility? How does treatment in a mental hospital work? How is it different or better than being treated as an out-patient?
  9. What is neurofeedback therapy? How does it work and how does it help?
  10. Can ADHD be cured? What is the best process of treatment?
  11. Do animals help our mental state? How can animals help us or be used in therapy with mental patients?
  12. What is the most effective way to help mentally ill homeless people?
  13. In places where marijuana has become legal for recreational use, does mental health seem to have improved?
  14. What causes a person to develop Multiple Personality Disorder? What is the best treatment for that disease?
  15. Does marital counseling work?
  16. Why do people seek to counsel for life issues?
  17. What is the difference between a counselor, a psychologist, and a psychiatrist?
  18. Which sort of mental illnesses are best served by a psychiatrist (or psychologist or counselor)?
  19. How can you help a person with OCD? (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
  20. Is it really possible for a sickness to be “all in your head?” Do people “think” themselves into real physical illnesses? Can you “think” yourself out of it?
  21. What causes people to have phobias? How can fears be overcome?
  22. Are vitamins and minerals related to mental health? Can some mental illness be treated effectively with vitamins, minerals or other supplements?

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      Sarah Dreher 7 months ago

      These are such interesting topics to explore and research!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting and thought provoking