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Addictions
AddictionsAddiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable.More...
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderA detailed description of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), its causes, symptoms and treatments. ADHD is a neurological disorder that develops during childhood and can persist into adulthood. More...
Alcoholism
AlcoholismAlcoholism is a commonly used term that describes an impaired ability to limit alcohol use, despite the harmful consequences of continued use. More...
Anger Management
Anger ManagementAnger is a basic and normal emotion, but one that can easily become destructive and lead to health and social problems. Explore information in this topic center on the nature of anger, and anger management therapy and techniques.More...
Child & Adolescent Development: Puberty
Child & Adolescent Development: PubertyThis article provides an overview of puberty and the physical, mental, emotional and social changes that occur during this time. More...
Gambling Addiction
Gambling AddictionGambling addiction describes an impaired ability to resist the impulse to make financial wagers on games or activities that rely heavily on chance. More...
Parenting
ParentingIt's normal for new parents and caregivers to feel a mixture of excitement, joy, and love along with some anxiety, fear, and a little trepidation. More...
Sex and Pornography Addiction
Sex and Pornography AddictionSexual addiction refers to a preoccupation with sexual thoughts or sexual behavior to the extent that this preoccupation continues even though it causes substantial harm. More...


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Abuse
AbuseAbuse occurs when people mistreat or misuse other people, showing no concern for their integrity or innate worth as individuals, and in a manner that degrades their well being.More...
Addictions
AddictionsAddiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable.More...
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderA detailed description of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), its causes, symptoms and treatments. ADHD is a neurological disorder that develops during childhood and can persist into adulthood. More...
Alcoholism
AlcoholismAlcoholism is a commonly used term that describes an impaired ability to limit alcohol use, despite the harmful consequences of continued use. More...
Alternative Mental Health Medicine
Alternative Mental Health MedicineThis topic center provides information on complementary and alternative forms of medicine, including acupuncture, chiropractic, energy healing, herbal, amino acid, vitamin, naturopathic and homeopathic treatments, hypnosis, massage, spiritual healing, traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, meditation and yoga.More...
Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive Disorders
Alzheimers Disease and other Cognitive DisordersThis topic center provides information on Alzheimer's Dementia, other forms of dementia, traumatic brain injuries, and other cognitive disorders such as Delirium, all of which cause problems with thinking, memory, attention, judgment and emotion regulation. More...
Anger Management
Anger ManagementAnger is a basic and normal emotion, but one that can easily become destructive and lead to health and social problems. Explore information in this topic center on the nature of anger, and anger management therapy and techniques.More...
Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety DisordersIn this topic center you'll find information on the Anxiety Disorders, including phobia (social anxiety, agoraphobia, etc.), panic disorder, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. More...
Autism
AutismThis topic center provides a comprehensive overview of causes and treatments for Autism, a brain disease characterized by the presence of severe communication, language and social deficits in affected persons. More...
Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar DisorderBipolar Disorder causes people to swing between extreme, severe and typically sustained mood states which affect their energy levels, attitudes, behavior and ability to function. More...
Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Child & Adolescent Development: OverviewAn overview of child development theories from a developmental psychological point of view. Reviewed theorists include freud, kohlberg, erikson, piaget, bronfenbrennerMore...
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)This document surveys child development between the age of 2 to 7 years, a period sometimes referred to as early childhood. The document also provides parenting information specific to this age group.More...
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)This document surveys child development between the age of 0 to 2 years, a period otherwise known as infancy. The document also provides parenting information specific to this age group.More...
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Childhood Mental Disorders and IllnessesThe Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses topic center provides an overview of mental and emotional disorders and illnesses impacting children and their families including attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), mental retardation, autism and other pervasive development disorders, and disorders of learning, speech and communication, movement, motor function, feeding, conduct, elimination, and anxiety (such as selective mutism and separation anxiety). More...
Death & Dying
Death & DyingInformation on how to prepare in advance for your own death, the grieving process, and how to help and comfort people who are dying.More...
Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Depression: Depression & Related ConditionsThis center provides an in-depth look at Major Depressive Disorder by summarizing symptoms and diagnostic criteria according to the current standards, prevalence and course, historical and contemporary understandings of the causes of the illness, as well as diagnosis and treatment. More...
Dissociative Disorders
Dissociative DisordersDissociation is a cognitive process through which memory and attention become altered. The spectrum of dissociative disorders spans simple depersonalization, amnesia, dissociative fugue, and dissociative identity (multiple personality) disorder.More...
Divorce
DivorceDivorce refers to the often messy and painful end of a marriage. This topic center provide a comprehensive overview of the emotional and legal divorce and separation process. More...
Domestic Violence and Rape
Domestic Violence and RapeDomestic violence is a variety of abuse that occurs within the home, between family members or couples. More...
Eating Disorders
Eating DisordersThis topic center provides a comprehensive overview of the eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia & binge eating): their causes, potential treatments, and strategies for prevention. More...
Economic Stress
Economic StressUnexpected economic stress has an impact on everyone, but people suffering from depression or other mental health issues are especially vulnerable. Psychological research points to some good news, however. Healthy coping strategies, clear communication, and social support during a job search can help soften the blow and even contribute to growth in the long run. More...
Emotional Intelligence
Emotional IntelligenceEmotional Intelligence (EI) relates to individual capacities and skills to perceive and manages emotions. This growing area of psychological investigation explores the ways in which individuals relate to themselves and to others as well as strategies for developing emotional skills. More...
Emotional Resilience
Emotional ResilienceThis topic center surveys Emotional Resilience: that collection of skills, characteristics, habits and outlooks that make it possible to remain maximally flexible and fresh in the face of stress. More...
Family & Relationship Issues
Family & Relationship IssuesFamily and personal relationships and friendships can be very difficult to handle. We've gathered resources to help you learn about and better manage relationship problems you may be experiencing. More...
Gambling Addiction
Gambling AddictionGambling addiction describes an impaired ability to resist the impulse to make financial wagers on games or activities that rely heavily on chance. More...
Grief & Bereavement Issues
Grief & Bereavement IssuesGrief is the painful process through which people adapt to loss. Learn about stages of the grieving and working through process, how to help yourself and others through grief, and about pathological grief (when grief won't end). More...
Impulse Control Disorders
Impulse Control DisordersThese are a loosely grouped set of conditions that all feature behavior that is acted out in an uncontrolled/impulsive manner that often has self-destructive consequences.More...
Intellectual Disabilities
Intellectual DisabilitiesThe terms "intellectual disability" and "intellectual developmental disorder," (formerly mental retardation) are two diagnostic labels with nearly identical meanings; i.e., they each describe a set of difficulties associated with limited mental abilities such as reasoning, planning, abstract thinking, judgment, academic learning (the ability to learn in school via traditional teaching methods), and experiential learning (the ability to learn by trial and error, or by observation). More...
Internet Addiction and Media Issues
Internet Addiction and Media IssuesAs the web has become a part of mainstream life, some professionals have noted that some people using the web do so in a compulsive and out-of-control manner. This center also provides guidance on safe and appropriate use of media resources by children.More...
Learning Disorders
Learning DisordersThis center describes learning disorders that can occur in children and adults.More...
Life Issues
Life IssuesLife issues are common problems, issues and/or crises that happen to normal people living normal lives. Examples include managing one's relationships so that they are healthy and functional, surviving disabilities, coping with grief, loss and self-esteem issues.More...
Lifespan Development
Lifespan DevelopmentKnowing something about how people typically develop themselves over time helps us to place our problems and illnesses into context, and also suggests ways that our problems can be fixed. More...
Memory Problems
Memory ProblemsThere are things you can do to improve your memory. Through practice of mental and other activities, a variety of efforts can be made to lessen memory problems. More...
Mental Disorders
Mental DisordersIn this family of topic centers, you will find information concerning various mental disorders.More...
Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum DisordersObsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders are a group of similar psychiatric disorders. These disorders are characterized by repetitive thoughts, distressing emotions, and compulsive behaviors. The specific types of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors vary according to each disorder. More...
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Oppositional Defiant DisorderODD is a developmental disorder diagnosed in children who display extreme disobedient behavior. More...
Parenting
ParentingIt's normal for new parents and caregivers to feel a mixture of excitement, joy, and love along with some anxiety, fear, and a little trepidation. More...
Personal Growth
Personal GrowthPersonal growth covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employ-ability, enhance the quality of life, improve health and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.More...
Personality Disorders
Personality DisordersThis topic center provides a comprehensive overview of the personality disorders, which are pervasive and chronic psychological and relational problems associated with rigid, inflexible interpersonal behavior and social coping deficits. More...
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderTrauma and Stressor-Related Disorders Trauma contains the following diagnoses: Reactive Attachment Disorder, Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder, Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Adjustment Disorders, and Unclassified and Unspecified Trauma Disorders. More...
Psychological Self-Tools - Online Self-Help Book
Psychological Self-Tools - Online Self-Help BookA free and complete online self-help book that helps people learn how to change their behavior, thoughts, moods, relationships, identity and motivation and knowledge so as to solve difficult life problems. More...
Psychotherapy
PsychotherapyAn overview of psychotherapy (talk therapy for mental health), describing modern empirically validated therapies, and the historical therapy schools (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and family systems).More...
Schizophrenia
SchizophreniaA comprehensive overview of the nature and treatment of Schizophrenia, a brain disease associated with psychosis (hallucinations and delusions), and disorganized behavior. More...
Self Esteem
Self EsteemLow self-esteem keeps you from enjoying life, doing the things you want to do, and working toward personal goals. More...
Sex and Pornography Addiction
Sex and Pornography AddictionSexual addiction refers to a preoccupation with sexual thoughts or sexual behavior to the extent that this preoccupation continues even though it causes substantial harm. More...
Sexual Disorders
Sexual DisordersThis Sexual Disorders topic center contains information about paraphillias (more commonly known as sexual perversions or deviancies). More...
Sleep Disorders
Sleep DisordersTroubled sleep may be a sign of emotional or physical disorders and something you should talk about with a doctor or sleep specialist. More...
Stress Reduction and Management
Stress Reduction and ManagementA comprehensive overview of how to reduce stress. We cover the nature of stress, and the many different methods people can use to reduce and manage their stress. More...
Suicide
SuicideA comprehensive overview of Suicide, addressing the nature of suicide, what to do if you are suicidal, and how to help friends or family members who are suicidal. More...
Tourettes and other Tic Disorders
Tourettes and other Tic DisordersTourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. More...
Treatments & Interventions
Treatments & InterventionsTreatment stratagies may be sorted into two gross categories: physical interventions and mental interventions. More...