Mental Health Library

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.

We also have an extensive collection of mental health and psychology book reviews.

Children and Teens

Yes, No, Maybe So: Conscious Consent and Boundary Setting

Consent is now a word trending on social media and for good reason. The #metoo movement looms large as people are speaking out about sometimes decades old boundary violations that may have been mildly intrusive on one end of the spectrum, such as an unwanted platonic hug, to sexual in nature. Regardless of the language you speak, the four words used in the title of this article are essential to learn in order to safely navigate the...


How to Set Boundaries with Difficult People

We can all relate to feeling put upon and irritated by some people, but powerless to stop accommodating them. Though we take issue with their behavior, needs, or implicit demands, it’s not so easy to set limits. We may be uncomfortable with...

Personal Stories

Why People Don’t Help When They Can

As a therapist, I am a keen observer of human behavior and interactions. I have long been fascinated by what makes people tick. Sometimes I am in awe of the altruism and generosity I witness and sometimes shake my head in disappointment,...


The Startling Reason We Sabotage Love

Most relationships fail and nearly half of American adults are unmarried. Why can’t we find love and why don’t relationships last? Paradoxically, as much as we want love, we also fear it. Fear of not being loved is the greatest reason we...

Abuse Resources


Childhelp, one of the largest and oldest national, non-profit organizations dedicated to the treatment, prevention and research of child abuse and neglect, provides a broad continuum of programs that directly serve abused children and their families.

Childhelp has many resources available to help you learn...

Self-Esteem & Shyness Resources

Everyday Power

Everyday Power recognizes the meaningful and vibrant lives we are all capable of having. They strive to help you set and reach objectives that are rooted in everyday action and to assist you in building momentum to accomplish both small and large goals...

Grief & Loss Resources

Beautiful Tribute

The mission at Beautiful Tribute is to allow everyone to create a stunning, personalized memorial page in minutes. Upload multiple pictures, video, music and more. You can create a public or password protected memorial as well as choose to approve what’s posted with...


Is a Gray Rock Strategy Advisable?

One strategy for dealing with a narcissist or sociopath is to act like a “gray rock,” meaning that you become uninteresting and unresponsive. You don’t feed their needs for drama or attention. You don’t show emotion, say anything interesting, or disclose any...