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.

Diet & Nutrition

Setting SMARTER Weight Loss Goals

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” - Zig Ziglar
Losing weight is often challenging. While there are many diets and strategies you can apply, there's a general framework that helps many to succeed: goal setting. This helps us...

Relationships & Love

Is It Safe to Love Again? (Part 2)

In the previous article, Gary D. Salyer, shares his insights that are contained in his book called Safe to Love Again: How to Release the pain of Past Relationships and Create the Love You Deserve. The foundation of a decades-long career is inspired by Attachment Theory as taught by Dr. John Gottman and Dr....


The Big Five Personality Traits

Our personalities are complicated systems of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that describe how we interact with others and the world around us. Throughout the past century, psychologists and personality researchers have worked to try and simplify personality's complexity by suggesting most people can fit...


Five Steps to Happy Money

From Happy Money by Ken Honda. Copyright 2019 by Ken Honda. Excerpted by permission of Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Here is a list of five steps you can take, starting today, that will get you into the flow of Happy Money:

Shift out of the scarcity mind-set.

Each person has the ability to choose what kind of money mind-set they want to live with. That is why the first step to Happy Money...


Tactics Manipulators Use to Win and Confuse You

Ancient wisdom to “know your enemy” is good advice when dealing with a manipulator. It allows you to respond strategically. Most people react in ways that escalate abuse and/or play into the hands of the abuser to make you feel small, guilty, doubt yourself,...


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,...