Mental Health Library

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Welcome to Psych Central's mental health library. This is our primary repository for all of our articles on mental health, relationships, parenting, children, human behavior and psychology. Jump down to a a list of all of our mental health categories.

Caregivers

OCD and Ignorance

I’ve been an advocate for OCD awareness since 2006, and from the very beginning I’ve received compliments from people after they hear how I did everything I could to help...
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7 Reasons to Smile

“Now, when you are in New York, walk purposefully. Keep your head down and don’t smile at anyone.” It was kindly meant advice. A friend was coaching me about...
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Caregivers

OCD and Messiness

As I’ve frequently lamented, obsessive-compulsive disorder is an often misunderstood and misrepresented illness. Those with the disorder are often portrayed in the media as “neat freaks.” It is true...
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The Meaning of Success

“The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill “Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso Although it might seem like a dichotomy,...
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Pure Obsessional OCD

When my 17-year-old son Dan told me he had obsessive-compulsive disorder, my first comment was “But you never even wash your hands!” While that statement surely revealed my limited...
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