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.


A Therapist Listens to the Message

I see therapists as surgeons of the soul who have learned to help clean out the wounds of clients who come to us for healing themselves and then sew them back up. It is an honor to be in that role. It...


How Pleasure and Pain Act as Motivators

“Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward.”

Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön shares this thought that flies in the face of common wisdom in her book entitled Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion.

We are taught from an early age that if we do the "right thing," we will receive what we desire, and if we do the "wrong thing" there will be literal and symbolic hell to pay....

Children and Teens

The Effects of Screen Time on Children

Among the parenting world, many topics can become points of contention. Is this idea the right or wrong way to parent? Will it have a positive or negative effect on our children? Screen time, and specifically time spent watching television, has become...


Is It Safe to Love Again? – Part 1

That is a legitimate question posed by people who have felt challenged with the paradigm of dating, mating and relating. Perhaps they have been through a series of dysfunctional unions that have had them shaking their heads in bewilderment, wondering why they...


Book Review: Whole Again: Healing Your Heart

There is a trauma that often goes unseen. It is not obvious to the naked eye. Sometimes it only occurs behind closed doors. It may only exist in subtle comments, but its effects linger long after the abuse ends.

And yet, many people fall prey...

Book Reviews

Book Review: Healing a Community

When something as devastating as a mass shooting occurs, it is hard to know where to begin the process of healing. With so many people affected on such a mass scale, there is chaos, uncertainty, confusion -- even for mental health providers.

“Despite their best...

Book Reviews

Book Review: Promoting Healthy Attachments

Deborah Gray has been working with children, parents and families for a long time. As I read her new book, Promoting Healthy Attachments: Hands-On Techniques to Use with Your Clients, I thought how great it would be to be one of her practicum students,...


Treating Cumulative Grief in the Elderly

When my widowed grandmother was in her 90s, her circle of family and friends was much diminished. The youngest of 8 children, she had outlived all her siblings -- and their spouses -- and many of their children. Her network of old...


C-PTSD and Relationships

Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) is a term that researchers developed to explain the pathology that results from ongoing and prolonged exposure to trauma.1 Individuals suffering from complex trauma present different symptomatology in comparison to those with posttraumatic stress disorde

Book Reviews

Book Review: Defining You

For people to reach their full potential, they need to first understand who they are. In Defining You, Fiona Murden offers her readers exercises that incorporate reflecting, collecting, and doing. Murden believes that when people spend time thinking about who they want to be...