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.


What Is Self-Esteem?

Self-esteem is what we think of ourselves. When it’s positive, we have confidence and self-respect. We’re content with ourselves and our abilities, in who we are and our competence. Self-esteem is relatively stable and enduring, though it can fluctuate. Healthy self-esteem makes us resilient...


The Important Questions About Narcolepsy

Narcolepsy is fairly easy to define, yet hard to understand. It usually manifests as sudden bouts of sleep that last circa several minutes, at any time throughout the waking hours and in spite of any circumstances. Interestingly enough, individuals that suffer from...


Tried-And-True Coping Strategies to Turn to When Stress Strikes

Stress is a big, broad term. It can come in many shapes and stripes. Many of the stressors that Patrice Douglas’s clients experience revolve around work and family. They feel “overwhelmed, unappreciated, and stuck.”

Psychotherapist Stephanie Dobbin, LMFT, CGP, works with healthcare professionals, who frequently...


Why Narcissists Act the Way They Do

Narcissists can be charming, charismatic, seductive, exciting, and engaging. They can also act entitled, exploitative, arrogant, aggressive, cold, competitive, selfish, obnoxious, cruel, and vindictive. You can fall in love with their charming side and be destroyed by their dark side. It can be baffling,...


Going Beyond the Daily Grind

When you’re doing the same things day in and day out, when your to-do list is a mile long, when it feels like there isn’t a spare minute, it’s easy for every day to blend into the next, and become a blur of work,...

Chronic Pain

Smarter Ways to Deal with Pain

Pain is a big deal to millions of Americans who suffer with it. The figures are staggering: over 80 percent of adults have lower back pain at some point in their lives, while about 31 million experience lower back pain at any...


These 6 Facts About Therapy Will Surprise You

Each of us has preconceived notions about everything—beliefs that are shaped by our society, pop culture, and the people closest to us.

And therapy is no exception.

In fact, because there’s so little information on therapy, we tend to hold a lot of beliefs about what...


A Therapist Listens to the Message

I see therapists as surgeons of the soul who have learned to help clean out the wounds of clients who come to us for healing themselves and then sew them back up. It is an honor to be in that role. It...


How Pleasure and Pain Act as Motivators

“Pain is not a punishment; pleasure is not a reward.”

Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön shares this thought that flies in the face of common wisdom in her book entitled Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion.

We are taught from an early age that if we do the "right thing," we will receive what we desire, and if we do the "wrong thing" there will be literal and symbolic hell to pay....

Children and Teens

The Effects of Screen Time on Children

Among the parenting world, many topics can become points of contention. Is this idea the right or wrong way to parent? Will it have a positive or negative effect on our children? Screen time, and specifically time spent watching television, has become...


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...