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.

Schizoaffective Disorder

Handling a Stressful Day

For me, the most important day of the month is when I go to the veteran’s hospital where I get my medication. I wake up before 8am to make sure I get a parking spot. I immediately go to the blood lab...

Personal Stories

Blinders for Coping with Schizophrenia

When horses pull a carriage, sometimes they are wearing blinders over their eyes so they cannot look to the right or left. They can only look forward without any distractions coming into their view. This is a good picture of how I approach my life in recovery from schizophrenia. Metaphorically speaking, putting on blinders each day is a way I have learned to cope with my diagnosis of schizophrenia. 

Every month I go...


It’s Not Just Who You Are — But Who You’re With

Many people seek partners based on a list of qualifications or instinctive attraction to certain types. These approaches, though popular, do not consider the flavor that will emerge, when features they are drawn to co-mingle with their own personality. Different matches create...


Strategies for Advocating as a Parent of Black Children

From the prickly micro-aggressions that occur on the playground to the implicit biases disguised as discipline against black skin that begins in preschool -- racism is an illness that our children are exposed to as early as their toddler years. I am a mother of three, two young boys and a baby girl. Their joy is important for me to nurture and protect. In a recent conversation with other parents of black children we...


We Are the Luckiest: An Interview with Laura McKowen on the Magic of a Sober Life

Addiction affects a staggering number of lives in the United States; not just those who use substances, but family, friends, co-workers and society at large. According to Defining the Addiction Treatment Gap, a CATG review of the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other national data sources, addiction continues to impact every segment of American society. 

“Drug use is on the rise in...


Kicking Toxic Love

The last man that used the words “I love you” used them to control me. 

He used them by not saying it back, ever, when I said it. 
He used them by smugly making me say it when...


How Social Anxiety Is Killing Your Cells and Why the Internet Can Help

Just over 19 percent of US adults experienced an anxiety disorder at some point last year (that figure jumps to nearly a quarter when looking at US women in particular) and over 12 percent of people suffer from social anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. So needless to say, quite a few present readers are about to get some bad news: it’s not just your retinue or lack thereof that’s feeling...


How a Yogic Lifestyle Can Enhance Your Mood and Reduce Anxiety

More than 16 million cases of depression occur each year in the United States. Depression is scientifically linked to having lowered levels of serotonin, one of the primary chemicals produced in the brain that affects our happiness. A regular yoga practice is known to increase serotonin. Imagine that? One in six Americans take some form of medication to help reduce depression or anxiety, myself included. Yet something as holistic as yoga can raise serotonin similarly to how antidepressants can. I'm pro-medication...


Here’s What Your Posture Says about You: Why Your Body Habits Are Your First Impression

Most people don’t think about their posture when communicating with others, yet the way you balance yourself through life speaks volumes about who you are. The amount of tension you hold in your body translates into how well you manage your thoughts, actions and reactions. Your posture is the first snapshot people see when they meet you for the first time.

Take a moment to think about someone that you know who moves with...