Mental Health Library

Consumer articles written by professionals on a wide variety of health, relationships,
mental health and self-improvement topics.


Why Do Abused Victims Stay?

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

What Causes Attention Deficit Disorders?
Diagnosing ADHD/ADD in Adults
Diagnosing ADHD/ADD in Children
What Disorders are Linked to ADHD?
Frequently Asked Questions About ADHD
What Is Attention Deficit Disorder?
An Introduction to Attention Deficit Disorders
What Makes Ritalin Work?
New Research Answers an Old Question
Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder
Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorders


My Child Has a Problem With Alcohol
Children of Alcoholics
Dealing With Denial in Alcoholism
Frequently Asked Questions About Alcoholism
My Parent Has a Problem With Alcohol
A Parent's Guide to Spring Break
Stages of Change
Symptoms of Alcoholism
Treatment of Alcoholism
Finding the Right Treatment

Eating Disorders:
Binge Eating, Anorexia and Bulimia

Accepting Your Body
An Introduction to Eating Disorders
All About Eating Disorders
An Introduction to Bulimia Nervosa
An Introduction to Anorexia Nervosa
An Introduction to Binge Eating
Bulimia: Binging and Purging
Coping with Denial in Eating Disorders
Fitness Magazines and Eating Disorders: Is There A Relationship?
Overeating Versus Binge Eating
Treatment and Management of Eating Disorders
Treatment for Anorexia
Treatment for Binge Eating
Treatment for Bulimia
What To Do If a Family Member Has an Eating Disorder

Anxiety and Panic

Treatment of Panic Disorder

Depression, Bipolar Disorder and the Blues

All About Depression
An Introduction to Treatment of Depression
An Overview of Depression Treatment Options
Depression vs. the Blues
Depression and Baby Boomers:
Depression and Smoking
Depression and Women
Dysthymia: Chronic Depression
Facts About Depression
Frequently Asked Questions About Depression
Getting Help for Bipolar Disorder
How Having It All May Be Too Much
Key Points About Antidepressant Therapy
Men Can Get the Blues
Possible Causes of Depression
The Puzzling Gender Gap in Depression
Risk Factors Associated with Depression
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Side Effects of Antidepressant Medications
St. John's Wort for Depression
Tips for Managing Your Depression
Treatment and Management of Depression

Domestic Abuse

Who Are the Abusers of Domestic Violence?
Taking Action With Domestic Violence
What Causes Domestic Violence?
Effects of Domestic Violence
Telling Family and Friends About Your Abuse
Understanding Domestic Violence
The Physical and Emotional Injuries of Domestic Violence
What Is Domestic Violence?
Men as Victims of Abuse in Heterosexual Relationships
The Common Pattern of Domestic Violence
Self Quiz: Am I in an Abusive Relationship?
Self Quiz: Am I in an Abusive Relationship?
Domestic Violence Organizations and Resources
Steps to Address Domestic Violence
Symptoms of Domestic Violence
Who Are the Victims of Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence Doesn’t Discriminate
Domestic Violence: Where to Seek Help
Why Do Abused Victims Stay?


An Introduction to Compulsive Gambling
Frequently Asked Questions about Compulsive Gambling
Symptoms of Compulsive Gambling
Treatments for Compulsive Gambling
What If Someone I Know Is a Compulsive Gambler?

Grief and Loss

The Truth About Grief and Loss
Coping With Unexpected Job Loss


Not in the Holiday Mood? It Might be the Blues
Beating the Holiday Blues
Managing Children's Expectations: A Key To Happy Holidays
Holiday Drinking: Keep It Safe
9 Ways to Beat the Bah Humbugs
Preparing Kids for Holiday Visits
Making the Most of a Holiday Apart From Your Kids
Making New Year's Resolutions That Last
Seven Steps to Keeping Your New Year's Resolutions
Seasonal Stepfamily Stress
Don't Stress Holiday Travel
Alone During the Holidays? Join the crowd
Alone for the Holidays
10 Things to Do If You're Alone for the Holidays


An Introduction to Medications
Choosing the Best SSRI
Medications: Symptom Relief, Not Cure
Medications for Anxiety, Panic and Phobias
Medications for Mania and Bipolar Disorder
Medications and Car Accidents
Medications: Special Considerations
Medications for Depression
Medications for Schizophrenia and Psychosis
St. John's Wort for Depression
Taking Medication: Special Concerns in Older Adults


Aging Parents and Your Emotional Well-Being
Coping With Chronic Pain
Cluster Headaches:
Brain Biology Provides Important Clues

Dropping From Shopping: When Buying Gets Out of Hand
The Healing Power of Humor
Information for Survivors of Natural Disasters
Research on Self-Help and Mutual Aid Support Groups
So You Want to Become a Psychologist?
Tips for Communicating With Your Doctor
Tips for Coping With Organizational Change
All About Shyness
Stuttering: Myth vs. Fact
Compulsive Hair Pulling:
Understanding and Treating Trichotillomania

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

An Introduction to Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
An Introduction to Treatment of OCD
Conditions Related to OCD
Facts About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Frequently Asked Questions About OCD
Helpful Hints about OCD for Family Members
Medications for OCD
Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
What Causes OCD?
What Is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
When Your Child Has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Parenting and Kids

Building Responsible Kids
Even Toddlers Get the Blues
How to Create a Healthy, Adult Relationship With Mom and Dad
Love Isn't Enough: How to Like Your Kids
Multipurpose Moms
How to Talk With Your Teen-Agers, Not at Them
School Violence: Identifying At-Risk Teens

Personality Disorders

What Causes Antisocial Personality Disorder?
FAQs About Antisocial Personality Disorder
What Is Antisocial Personality Disorder?
Introduction to Antisocial Personality Disorder
Treatment for Antisocial Personality Disorder


An Introduction to Phobias
Facts About Phobias
Specific Phobias
Social Phobia
Treatment of Phobias

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD and Children
Facts About PTSD
PTSD and the Family
Frequently Asked Questions about PTSD
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
PTSD and Relationships
Treatment of PTSD
Types of PTSD
PTSD and Older Veterans
PTSD and Community Violence


About Behavior Therapy
Finding Psychological Help for Your Child
Should Parents Stay with Their Children in Therapy?
About Cognitive Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
About Family Therapy
Finding a Therapist
What is Psychotherapy?
About Group Therapy
How Much Therapy Is Enough?
About Interpersonal Therapy
An Introduction to Psychotherapy
Do You Need Therapy?

Relationships and Couples

The 10 Secrets of Happy Couples
Demystifying Decision-Making
Keeping You Without Losing Him
Making Conversation: A Skill, Not an Art
Reviving Your Marriage


An Introduction to Schizophrenia
All About Schizophrenia
About Taking Medications for Schizophrenia
Helpful Hints about Schizophrenia for Family Members and Others
Medications for Schizophrenia
Overview of Treatment for Schizophrenia
Psychosocial Treatments for Schizophrenia
Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse
Schizophrenia and Violence
Side Effects of Medications for Schizophrenia
Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Types of Schizophrenia
What Causes Schizophrenia?


Accentuate the Positive
Boosting Your Will Power
Don't Think! Thrive Your Way Through Transition
Finding Peace of Mind by Choosing What You Have
Growing Healthy Friendships
The Health Benefits of Journaling
Guilt: The Crippling Emotion
Make 'Successful' Mistakes
Manage Your Time: Don't Let It Manage You
A Recipe for Finding, and Keeping, a Healthy Life Balance
The Self-Confidence Formula for Women
You Can Rewrite Your Life
Unraveling the Biology of Emotions
The Many Faces of Shame
Shame: The Quintessential Emotion

Sexual Addiction

What Causes Sexual Addiction?
Diagnosing Sexual Addiction
Is Sexual Addiction a Mental Illness?
Sexual Addiction
What Is Sexual Addiction?
Is Someone I Know Addicted to Sex?
If You Think You Have a Problem with Sexual Addiction
Self Quiz: Am I Addicted to Sex?
Treatment for Sexual Addiction


Becoming Aware of Stress in Your Life
Stress: A Cause of Cancer?
Team Players on the Home Front
Stress Management Basics
Managing Stress
Stress: Maybe You Can't Avoid It, But You Can Manage It
Stress-Proof Your Work Life

Substance Abuse

Facts About Cocaine
Frequently Asked Questions About Ecstasy
Facts About Marijuana Use
Frequently Asked Questions About Marijuana Use
If Someone You Know Has a Problem With Cocaine
Symptoms of Substance Abuse
Symptoms of Substance Dependence
Treatment for Cocaine Abuse
Levels of Treatment for Substance Abuse
Treatment for Marijuana Abuse


All About Suicide
Facts about Suicide
Signs of Suicide

Teenager Issues

All about teenage depression
Teenage depression symptoms
Teenage anger
School Violence: Identifying At-Risk Teens
How to Talk With Your Teenagers, Not at Them

Women's Issues

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
Postpartum Mood Disorders: Common, Complex, Distinct and Treatable




Last updated: 29 Mar 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Mar 2015
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