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.


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...


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


How to Leave a Narcissist or Abuser

Once in love with a narcissist, it’s not easy to leave. Despite the abuse and your unhappiness, you may be ambivalent about leaving because you still love your partner, have young children, lack resources, and/or enjoy lifestyle benefits. You may want to leave, but...


Teaching Children Mindfulness

In our practice, we’ve noticed how more and more adults are becoming familiar with the concept of mindfulness.

We know that mindfulness benefits us and improves our ability to be present and successful in our daily roles as parent, spouse,...

Motivation and Inspiration

Are You Willing to Be “Weird”?

I was a quirky kid who told my parents that I was "an alien baby left on their doorstep." I suspect they believed me at times. I always felt I was out of step with my peers; running a bit too fast...


Savoring Communication: What It Is, Why It Matters

“I’ve always believed in savoring the moments. In the end, they are the only things we’ll have.” – Anna Godbersen
New research from the University of Arizona demonstrates how we tend to savor certain specific types of meaningful conversations. Intrigued by the research that builds on evidence from the field of positive psychology that savoring can enhance well-being, relationships and overall...


Meeting Your Needs Is the Key to Happiness

The key to happiness is meeting our needs. Although codependents are very good at meeting needs of other people, many are clueless about their own needs. They have problems identifying, expressing, and fulfilling their needs and wants. They may be very attuned...