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.


Technology Boundaries for Children and Teens

When people think about boundaries in families, they often think about family members knocking on a closed door, or what type of information should be shared between parents and children or teens. Boundaries with technology are often overlooked.

For years, parents...


Re-Build Your Brain: An Interview with Dr. Daniel Amen

Typically, the mental wellness field views DSM diagnoses as behavioral or biochemical in orientation and the treatment is generally a combination of talk therapy and psychotropic medications. Dr. Daniel Amen adds another layer to the mix. His experience informs his perspective that the ways in which our brains function play a role in behavior, addiction, anger, cognitive decline, and learning challenges. His approach destigmatizes these conditions since when viewed as a brain disorder...

Personal Stories

Resilient Like a Rubber Ball: How Will You Bounce Back?

As the world faces one of the most devastating diseases and the temporary remedy to keep it from spreading -- quarantine, incidents of depression, anxiety and PTSD are on the upswing. Personal health and that of family and friends are at the top of most people’s lists of concerns. Financial instability, job loss, closing businesses, major change in activities, home schooling children, transitioning to working from home, are the practical considerations we are...


Strong-Willed or Willful?

Strong-willed people are successful, yet those who are willful often sabotage their success. Willful individuals can be fiercely stubborn in their opinions and pursuit of their goals, ignoring what other people think and need. They often fiercely force their will despite obstacles...


Self-Care During a Global Health Crisis

During the life-saving restrictions of lockdown, how can we adapt our usual self-care practices to work with this daunting challenge we all face, or invest time into looking after our mind and body when this is unfamiliar to us? It might seem...


How Intergenerational Trauma Impacts Families

Intergenerational transmission of trauma may be understood as the ongoing impact of traumatic events and situations that happened in prior generations and continues to impact the current generation. Trauma can be passed down through a multitude of factors, including epigenetic processes that increase vulnerability...

Autism / Asperger

How to Find the Right Therapeutic School for Your Child

Raising a child with a psychological disorder is an arduous journey that stresses the family system as a whole. Parents of children with a disorder, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Disorders, Intellectual Disorders, Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder, experience higher rates...

Personal Stories

The Power of Delusion

Back in the Army when I was in the depths of undiagnosed schizophrenia, I wrote long letters asking my friends and family if they could see and feel what I was experiencing while stationed in the Mojave desert. I thought if I...


Normality: The Road to Nowhere

“Normality is the great neurosis of civilization.” - Tom Robbins
There is hardly a word that comes up more often during the current pandemic than "normality." There are tears of longing for normality, calls for returning to normality, hopes of regaining...