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.


Book Review: The Anxiety Management Workbook

Although it is a normal human emotion and an adaptive response to threatening situations, anxiety can feel overwhelming, often trapping us in a loop of automatic thoughts that lead to physiological responses that convince us something is wrong.

The result is a host of behaviors...


Book Review: The Anxiety Management Manual

Anxiety can feel paralyzing. It can keep us from doing the things we love. It can keep us from pursuing our goals. It can keep us from enjoying our lives. Yet anxiety need not be a roadblock. “Even if you have a genetic tendency...

Book Reviews

Book Review: Text Me When You Get Home

Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship, is itself a triumph. Thanks to journalist Kayleen Schaefer’s unstinting insistence that female friendships can be the most significant relationships in women’s lives, women can unapologetically declare their love for...

Borderline Personality

Couples Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder

How can couples therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder help to overcome splitting behavior? Can couples therapy help BPD?

Those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are usually depicted as having stormy relationships. One moment, the person with BPD can't wait to leave their relationship, and the next moment, things are all good in their relationship.

The relationship can feel very confusing for their partner, who gets mixed messages when they feel pushed away, and then...

Book Reviews

Book Review: Trauma & the Struggle to Open Up

Our relationships can be our greatest source of pain, and yet without relationships, we cannot heal from pain. For some people, the pain is too overwhelming and avoidance seems the only option. Others may try to be open about their experiences and find themselves...


Why I Never Did Hard Drugs

“Drugs are a waste of time. They destroy your memory and your self-respect and everything that goes along with your self-esteem.” – Kurt Cobain

I grew up in a close-knit, fairly religious family where children were seen and not heard, where mealtime meant...

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Attachment Effect

The West, and particularly the United States, has a strong ideological and cultural belief in rugged individualism. Asian cultures are more geared toward the importance of the group. Regardless of what culture we are born into, we are born helpless, and we rely on...