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  Member of the Best Life Collaborative.

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My Meds Make Me Fat
a month 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
a month 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?
2 months 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
2 months 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.
ECT: The Real Story
2 months ago
There are a lot of myths out there about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), sometimes referred to as shock therapy, and quite a lack of accurate information. Probably the most common misperceptions come...
Naming Our Emotions
2 months ago
What are emotions and how do we describe them? Often it's not a subject we give much thought to. Even within the field of psychology there are various theories espoused by various researchers. Some em...