100 Great Psychology Research Paper Topics With Research Links

Updated on August 18, 2019
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How do face to face interactions help our mental health?
How do face to face interactions help our mental health? | 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 specific 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.

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

Women's Mental Health

  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 an 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 is a person 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 older children?
  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.

Which affects your mood most: genetics or environment?
Which affects your mood most: genetics or environment? | Source

Mental Health Treatment

  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 spiritual practices improve or treat mental illness?
  6. How does Art Therapy help mentally ill patients?
  7. Do St. John’s Wort and other supplements 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 psychiatric 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 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?

Mental Health Interest Poll

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Questions & Answers

  • What are some current topics in mental illness that you could recommend? What are the hot topics currently in psychology?

    Here are some great topics that should make your paper interesting:

    Do anti-depressant drugs really work? Should they be so widely prescribed?

    Can brain activity in infants predict later mental health issues?

    Why is anxiety overtaking depression as a major mental health problem, especially among teens?

    Can psychologists accurately predict someone who might become violent?

    Is marijuana a better choice for some mental health issues than prescription drugs?

    What are the best non-medical ways to treat mental illness?

    Are mass shooters mentally ill?

    How can exercise and diet affect mental health?

  • What could be a good psychology research topic about social interaction?

    1. How can parents help their children learn to have age-appropriate social interactions that don't involve media?

    2. Does social media produce better social interaction among adults?

    3. Do people who date over social media or dating platforms first have a better chance of really knowing each other well?

    4. How important is social interaction?

  • What could be an appropriate topic for a research proposal based on anxiety and depression?

    Here are some ideas of questions in your topic area of anxiety and depression :

    1. What causes teenage depression?

    2. Why are more young people experiencing problems with anxiety and depression?

    3. What is the difference between normal anxiety and mental illness?

    4. What is the best way to treat anxiety?

    5. How can post-partum depression be alleviated?

    6. What are the most common signs of depression?

  • What are some research paper topics in mental illness that are related to individuals with intellectual disabilities?

    1. Does having an intellectual disability cause a person to be more prone to being depressed?

    2. Do techniques to help mental illness have to be modified for people with intellectual disabilities?

  • What do you think of the topic, "What is the relationship between mental illness and Geriatrics?" as a psychology research paper?

    Having taken care of two elderly loved ones who had both mental illnesses and Alzheimer's, your question strikes a personal chord with me. Here are some other ways to word that question:

    1. What is the difference between Alzheimer's and mental illness?

    2. How can mental illness change as a person ages?

    3. Does mental illness cause dementia?

    4. What is the best treatment for older people with mental illness and dementia?

    5. Can you distinguish between symptoms of dementia and other mental illnesses?

    6. Does having mental illness cause a person to have a more severe form of Alzheimer's or dementia?


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      16 months ago

      You know i just want to apply for my Masters in Clinical Psychology and run out of ideas about topic for proposal.But reafing the above topics3 and ideas helped me a lot. Thank you

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      Danielle Popovits 

      16 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      These are some great, thought provoking ideas. I can tell you put a lot of time into compiling the lists. Any essay based on one of these topics would be worth the effort to write.

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      Ada Marie 

      2 years ago

      Autism.. i want to know about autism spectrum disorder

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      2 years ago

      Interesting and helpful for my research.

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      Sarah Dreher 

      3 years ago

      These are such interesting topics to explore and research!

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      Eric Dierker 

      6 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting and thought provoking


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