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.


How to Best Support a Loved One with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a difficult illness. For Arden Tucker, an episode of depression can be especially debilitating. Like many who experience bipolar disorder, Tucker fears she won’t recapture the essence of who she really is, the person she was before the depression began.

“My bipolar...


Depression Treatment: Where We Are Missing the Mark

Depression affects 450 million people worldwide and 15 million adults in the United States () alone. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, claiming over 40,000 lives every year. We see these heartbreaking stories making headlines too often, and there are tens of thousands more we do not know about.

The scariest part? There...

Book Reviews

Book Review: Playful Intelligence

Why have we forgotten how to play as adults? It seems that once we have the responsibilities of work and family, our time is spent learning how to deal with the pressures of life, and play goes by the wayside. In Playful Intelligence:...


Book Review: That Which Doesn’t Kill Us

Author Charlie Bloom describes just one of the many myths that we hold about relationships -- we either sacrifice our own needs to our partner, or we fulfill our needs at the expense of our partner -- by sharing his experience with his own...

Book Reviews

Book Review: You Are Not A Rock

No one wants to feel sad, angry, lonely, or anxious, but by avoiding those feelings, we may only make things worse. In You Are Not A Rock: A Step-By-Step Guide to Better Mental Health (For Humans), Mark Freeman encourages readers to feel feelings because...


Book Review: The Happiness Curve

Many things exist on a bell curve. Creativity, mastery, and optimal experience are just a few. But the relationship between age and happiness?

Actually the curve is upside down. We begin happy in childhood, and as we approach adolescence, autonomy, self-identification, and the rigors of...

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Attachment Effect

Lovenheim stumbled on attachment theory while skimming his daughter’s college textbook several months after the end of a significant and tortuous relationship in his life. It was too late for his relationship, he writes, but curiosity triggered a quest to understand how John Bowlby’s...

Book Reviews

Book Review: Therapy with a Coaching Edge

For mental health professionals, the line between coaching and psychotherapy can sometimes feel blurry. Yet both professions hold the same goal -- to help the client change.

In her new book, Therapy with a Coaching Edge: Partnership, Action, and Possibility in Every Session, psychotherapist and...


How to Figure Out Who You Are Outside of Work

If you love what you do, it’s all-too easy for it to consume your identity—especially if your career is demanding and fast-paced. You find yourself checking email after hours, and thinking about work. All. The. Time. You find yourself falling asleep with a laptop...


Are Your Parents Toxic?

Toxic relationships include relationships with toxic parents. Typically, they do not treat their children with respect as individuals. They won’t compromise, take responsibility for their behavior, or apologize. Often these parents have a mental disorder or have a serious addiction. We all live with...

Children and Teens

Child Development: The First Mirror

"In individual emotional development the precursor of the mirror is the mother’s face."  - D. W. Winnicott, Mirror-role of Mother and Family in Child Development
When we look into someone's eyes, we can feel loved, or hated, dismissed or understood.


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