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.


Coping with Voices

Like a lot of people with schizophrenia, I hear voices. I fully understand that these voices are one of the symptoms of my schizoaffective brain disease. Usually I hear these voices when I am alone. I hear voices throughout the day, even...


Choice and Change: How Much Freedom Do We Have?

One of the benefits of adulthood is the opportunity to make choices. Children often bemoan the lack of control they have over their lives. Parents, teachers, coaches, clergy, police, even strangers they encounter tell them what to do on a daily basis...


7 Ways to Manage Your Emotions, Improve Your Mood, and Step Back from the Ledge

The longer I have been providing therapy, the more I’m convinced that, along with acquiring the skills to walk and talk, a basic task of being human is to learn to manage our emotions. Sometimes, the ways that we regulate our feelings are helpful, while other times the way we manage them can be harmful to ourselves and others.

How We Learn to Manage our Emotions (Self-Regulate) 

As a baby, your caregivers were charged with providing comfort when you were teething, hungry, or needed...

Borderline Personality

How PTSD, cPTSD and BPD Can Impact Relationships

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is defined as a fear-based disorder with several features necessary for a formal diagnosis which include: avoidance behaviors, re-experiencing, increased arousal and negative affect and/or cognition.1 Avoidance behaviors may include avoiding people, places or situations that...


4 Types of Narcissism Share This Trait

Narcissism is many faceted and comes in several types. Narcissists will use a variety of tactics and defenses to keep you insecure and ensure their status and that their needs are met. It’s easy to be confused, but it’s important to understand and spot which type of narcissist you’re dealing with. Recently, two research teams have identified a common trait.

The Grandiose Narcissist

Although there are different kinds and degrees of narcissism, for years...


Anorexia in Limbo

When I was sixteen years old, I met every requirement in the DSM-IV criteria for Anorexia Nervosa. My Body Mass Index (BMI) hovered just below , I was obsessed with counting calories and becoming skinnier, I was terrified of gaining even a single pound of weight, and I lost my period for longer than three consecutive cycles. My iron and ferritin levels fell below normal and I was tired all of the time....


Have Your Habits Changed in Quarantine?

As we continue in this historic, record breaking moment in time, I notice that I have created new habits and deepened others. At the onset, nine weeks ago, I was focusing on the novelty of what lay before me, not having a...


Are You Dating a Narcissist?

You won’t realize you’re dating a narcissist. Narcissists are skilled at making people like them. They can be very alluring and charming and exciting to date. In fact, in one study, it took seven meetings for people to see through their likable...