Ashley Peterson

Nurse, mental health blogger, and person living with mental illness.  Author of the book Psych Meds Made Simple – find out more on my blog mentalhealthathome.org.  Member of the Best Life Collaborative.

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Creating a Self-Care Box
a day ago
Self-care is a bit of a buzzword these days. Most of us don't do enough of it, or else we don't pay enough mindful attention to it. We matter, and we deserve it! When things start to go into crisis mo...
Why Are Psych Meds Seen as a Moral Issue?
5 days ago
For most health conditions, taking medication is typically accepted without too much fuss as a standard part of treatment. When it comes to mental illness, however, medications aren't just something w...
My Meds Make Me Fat
11 days ago
I was never the size extra-extra-small that seems to be so idealized in Western society. In my earlier adult years I was around a size 8, and I was totally content with that. I never had any interest ...
Psych Meds Made Simple
19 days ago
Medications can seem overwhelming. There are so many of them, so many possible side effects, and so much information that can be found online that may or may not be reliable. While the nitty gritty de...
How Does Genetics Relate to Mental Illness?
23 days ago
It's a common misconception that we're born with the genes we're born with, and that's that, end of story. Except that's only the beginning of the story, and that's what the field of epigenetics is st...
Making Sense of the Opioid Crisis
a month ago
Sadly, we've all heard about the opioid crisis far too often on the news, but what does it actually mean? There are several elements of the issue that are worth digging into a little further.