Editorial Policy

Our mission is to bring you the most objective, trustworthy, and accurate mental health information. Our goal is to ensure that Self-Psych.com is your practical and relevant content source for mental health and changing your life in a positive manner.

We are committed to providing information on a wide variety of mental health topics, and rather than filtering certain types of information that may or may not be applicable to any one individual’s personal circumstance, we rely on you, our reader, to choose the information that is most appropriate for you. However, the original editorial information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health or mental health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on the Self-Psych.com Site!

The following sections detail our content policies and procedures.

Editorial Selection of Original Content Created by Self-Psych.com

Self-psych.com creates original content with reference generally to the following criteria:

Relevance — Issues that could affect how you manage your own mental health and that of your family. Topics include coverage of breaking mental health news; drug and product launches, recalls, and alerts; health advisories; and expert commentary on managing diseases and conditions and staying healthy.

Clinical Significance — The latest medical findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals, such as The Journal of the American Psychological Association, The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and many others.

Our Content Is Different

It’s more reliable. In a medium often accused of providing outdated and inaccurate information, Self-Psych.com attempts to stand out as a credible, authoritative source of mental health information.

Our news and feature stories are based on our editors’ selections of the most important and relevant mental health events occurring on a given day. Our news articles are more than a short summary of a study or an event. They often contain interviews with the medical researchers who authored them, plus interviews with objective experts who can put the research into context and tell the reader what it means in today’s world.

Editorial Integrity — Self-psych.com’s journalistic responsibility is to make a clear distinction between news, features, reference, and other editorial information, so that individuals can readily distinguish independent editorial information from advertising.

Editorial Independence — In its reporting, Self-Psych.com maintains exemplary principles of fairness, accuracy, objectivity, and responsible, independent reporting. Self-Psych.com maintains sole control of its editorial content.

Journalistic Excellence — Self-Psych.com upholds traditional journalistic principles of excellence in reporting original news for the Internet, and in reviewing and corroborating information from other sources. 

Editorial Policy for Self-Psych.com Editorial Staff

Self-Psych.com is a provider of mental health information, serving consumers editorial content created by Self-Psych.com which is free from influence by advertisers and other sources.

Anyone who serves on the Self-Psych.com Editorial staff must fully disclose any potential conflict of interest with any sponsor or vendor.

The Self-Psych.com Editorial staff is charged with the responsibility of providing objective, accurate, and balanced accounts of events and issues. Self-Psych.com diligently seeks out subjects of stories or qualified experts to provide commentary. They also seek objective commentary or comment from a qualified spokesperson to provide balance.

Self-Psych.com strives to provide thorough and honest coverage and shares a dedication to the highest professional standards.

Original Content Process

The content that we produce and the news that we feature is determined by our staff. It contains the latest information from reliable sources, including the most important announcements from federal health agencies, and analyses on the latest health trends. Every original article is reviewed by our staff.

Third parties may provide funding to Self-Psych.com for the creation by Self-Psych.com of original editorial content for the Self-Psych.com Network. In such cases, the third party may work with Self-Psych.com to identify a mutually agreed upon general topic, but the content will be produced in accordance with our Original Content Process and the third party will have no control over the content. At their request, these third parties may receive the attribution “Supported by [third party’s name]” on our editorial content during the period that they fund a program. This attribution is not intended to reflect any change in the editorial nature of the content.

Each completed story to be published is reviewed by our staff for accuracy, appropriateness of medical language, and proper characterization of the findings. The story is next reviewed by an  editor who edits it for style, flow, punctuation, and readability. Finally, the story moves from editing to publishing to the site.

Licensed and Third Party Content

When Self-Psych.com licenses health and wellness content from third-parties for publication on our site, the Self-Psych.com senior editors review the third-party’s editorial policies and procedures for consistency with the Self-Psych.com Editorial Policies.

Educational Collaborations

Self-psych.com works with organizations or associations whose primary mission is to educate the public on mental health topics or issues. We use a specific framework of criteria to review and select these organizations and work with them to create or select content within specific topic areas. The content is created by Self-Psych.com, reviewed and edited by the third party, and then edited and approved by Self-Psych.com’s staff. Just like all of Self-psych.com’s editorial content, this category of content is subject to Self-Psych.com’s editorial policy and process for accuracy, balance, and objectivity.  In these instances, we place descriptive text at the top of the page to let the user know that Self-psych.com created the content with assistance and collaboration from the organization or association with whom we worked. In addition, the hyperlinked “educational collaboration,” linked to its definition will be followed by the name of the organization with whom we worked to create the content. We also disclose if there was additional funding by other third parties who have no control over the content.


As more fully described in our Advertising Policy, Self-Psych.com accepts advertising on the Self-Psych.com Network from Advertisers, which may include third party banners, badges, contextual advertising and content created or provided by an Advertiser (collectively referred to as “Advertisements,” “Advertising,” or “From Our Advertiser”). Some advertisements, which may appear as text paragraphs, thumbnail pictures, badges, or other types of text or pictures, are what is known as “native advertisements” and appear adjacent to editorial content. These ads are labelled “Sponsor Content,” “From our Sponsor,” “By (our Sponsor),” “Provided by (our Sponsor),” or “From (our Sponsor).” Regardless of the form of an advertisement, the Advertiser is responsible for the accuracy and objectivity of their Advertising and it is subject to our Advertising Policy. Advertising is not reviewed by the Self-Psych.com Editorial Staff and is not subject to this Editorial Policy. 

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