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.


Best of the Web in Mental Health: Rating Guidelines

Grohol's Best of the Web in Mental Health is compiled by examining sites in mental health, psychology, social work and psychiatry and rating those sites on a 1-10 scale based on the following criteria:

Depth of Content: Refers to how much pertinent information is offered based upon what is advertised for the page. If the page claims to be "comprehensive," it should be. If it claims to offer resources on "mood disorders,"...

Psychotherapy Rated by Consumer Reports Readers

This file was culled over the past two weeks, since the release of the Consumer Reports article on a survey they conducted on psychotherapy. Unless noted otherwise, all words were written by Martin E. P. Seligman, in reply to people's questions on the Consumer...


FAQ: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Mental Health and Disorders

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Finding More Information Online for Mental Disorders
Family member or Friend Needs Treatment, How do I Help?
How do I Get You to Add a Link to My Page?
What do You Get out of Doing All of This?
Did You Create All Those Groups Your List?
Starting Your Own Online Support Group
I Want to Become a Therapist
What Do You Think About Online Psychotherapy?
What Do You Think About "Internet...


Personal Story: My Dance With Shadow

Lines on my face and hands tell the truth of the clock ever ticking.
And yet, for this villain of my youth, it seems no time existed.
For even with hinges rusted shut, heavy doors began to open.
The memories, seemingly lost, and beyond recall,
Echoed hauntingly through the deepened recesses of my being.

With nightly visits the dreams began to flood, like fiery flashes dancing.
Images - nay, these images cannot be mine- I say,...

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person's present behavior. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client's self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. In its brief form,...


How to Change Your Conditioned Responses to Certain Foods

When trying to lose weight, there are certain foods that each person is more attracted to than other foods. Some find the morning cup of coffee quite addictive. To others it is bread. Many cannot have dinner in a restaurant without having an alcoholic beverage. With me it was always something sweet.


A good first step is to tally the number of times you consume each category of food in a...