Two days ago, this blog hit a milestone with its millionth cumulative click. Begun in March 2009, in the wake of media discussion of my book Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness, the blog gave me an opportunity to report on exciting as well as troubling, often under-reported developments in psychiatry, psychology, and medicine.
Committed to accuracy, careful sourcing, and clear, precise writing, the blog has over the years ranged from covering such issues as the history and side effects of SSRI antidepressants and benzos, to examining “programmed cell death” (apoptosis) in cancer research; to publishing in-depth interviews with leading scholars and critics of pharmacology; to offering film and book reviews on subjects of broad appeal. I am especially proud of the attention the blog has brought to overdiagnosis and overmedication, which in the U.S. in particular remain widespread problems.
The milestone gives me an opportunity to revisit the 15 most successful posts on the blog, ranging from #1 below (with 146,637 clicks and 19K Facebook likes) to #15 (with 9,284 clicks and 99 likes). Each of the top five has received over 60,000 clicks. The occasion also gives me a chance to thank my wonderful editor, Lybi Ma, and everyone at Psychology Today, as well as readers and supporters for inspiring me and keeping me going. Thank you.