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.


Book Review: The Neuroscience of Emotion: A New Synthesis

Emotions, while ubiquitous across species and one of the most common topics of conversation, are still, it seems, misunderstood.

Do emotions have biological roots and, if so, where? And how do physiological factors influence how emotions are felt, expressed, and understood?

For Ralph Adolphs and David...

Book Reviews

Book Review: Making the Big Move, 3rd Edition

Most of the important transitions in our lives are marked by rituals that affirm our new identities, including weddings, graduations, baby showers, and funerals. For insights and guidance on how to navigate these transitions, we can find an abundance of books. But I never...

Personal Stories

Domestic Violence, PTSD and Triggers

People catch colds because they were exposed to a virus or infection.  

Some people get cancer because cells have begun endlessly dividing in their body.

We get itchy because an irritant has affected our skin.  

We get hungry because...

Book Reviews

Book Review: The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy

In her new book, The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy: Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation, Deb Dana offers a window into the inner life of a traumatized person and a way out of trauma and back to finding joy, connection, and safety through enlightening theory,...


Evening Eating—“Are You a ‘Light’ Eater?”

The following is an excerpt from Let Go of Emotional Overeating and Love Your Food by Arlene B. Englander. (Copyright © 2018. Published by Rowman & Littlefield. All rights reserved.)

Anyone who has ever tried to lose weight or keep weight off realizes that evening can be the make or break time of day in terms of permanent success.

Consider this. In my community there currently is a radio-based advertising campaign touting the effectiveness of a weight loss formula that I...


How to Deal with the Aftermath of Shame

“Shame is a soul-eating emotion.” – Carl Jung

Like most people, you’ve likely experienced shame at some point in your life. To some, even the slightest violation of personal values is enough to trigger shame, while others feel no trace of shame unless and until the transgression is of major importance. Still, shame is a nasty feeling, one we all want to rid ourselves of as quickly as possible. Yet, how to deal with the aftermath of shame...

Children and Teens

How to Navigate Two Annoying Parts of Parenting

Parenting is an amazing adventure. It is an honor and a privilege to raise a human being. It is fascinating, and wonderful to witness your kids evolve, and to grow alongside them.

But parenting also has many annoying parts—frustrating, challenging, and sometimes downright maddening parts....