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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.
 

Addictions

Marijuana Legalization: Misgivings and Hopes

Marijuana legalization is in motion: step by step, state by state. Counting Washington, where I live, twelve states have already passed recreational marijuana legislation. At least seven more states, including New York and Minnesota, both traditionally liberal states, are slated for similar...


Abuse

Trauma After Abuse

Codependency robs us of a self and self-love. We’ve learned to conceal who we really are because we grew up pleasing, rebelling against, or withdrawing from dysfunctional parents. That sets us up for trauma. As adults, even if we’re successful in some...


Motivation and Inspiration

3 Ways to Find Real and Everlasting Love

We’ve all heard the saying that “you can’t love another if you don’t love yourself.” While this sounds logical, few of us have any idea of how or why we fell out of love with ourselves in the first place. 

The...


Relationships & Love

A Relationship as a Spiritual Path

A relationship can be an exciting path to the unknown. It offers an ever-present opportunity to grow spiritually -- a path to transformation and mutual discovery and ultimately the divine when partners open to one another.

The concept of spirituality...


Diet & Nutrition

Setting SMARTER Weight Loss Goals

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” - Zig Ziglar
Losing weight is often challenging. While there are many diets and strategies you can apply, there's a general framework that helps many to succeed: goal setting. This helps us...


Relationships & Love

Is It Safe to Love Again? (Part 2)

In the previous article, Gary D. Salyer, shares his insights that are contained in his book called Safe to Love Again: How to Release the pain of Past Relationships and Create the Love You Deserve. The foundation of a decades-long career is inspired by Attachment Theory as taught by Dr. John Gottman and Dr....


General

The Big Five Personality Traits

Our personalities are complicated systems of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that describe how we interact with others and the world around us. Throughout the past century, psychologists and personality researchers have worked to try and simplify personality's complexity by suggesting most people can fit...