Ashley Peterson

Nurse, mental health blogger at, and living with mental illness.  Author of Psych Meds Made Simple and Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis. Writer on Medium.  

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How Does Genetics Relate to Mental Illness?
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 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...
It's All in Your Head?
8 months ago
Sometimes people's symptoms related to mental illness are dismissed as being "all in your head." This is perhaps most common when it comes to physical symptoms of anxiety. We hear it from loved ones, ...
Merry Blue Christmas
8 months ago
Are you spending Christmas alone? Hey, me too! We've all got our stories for why we might be having a blue Christmas alone, and chances are there are a lot of common themes amongst our stories. Here's...