Psych Meds Made Simple

It’s Book Release Day for Psych Meds Made Simple!

book cover: Psych Meds Made Simple by Ashley L. Peterson

My first book, Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do, is available today on Amazon as an ebook or paperback.  It’s everything you didn’t realize you wanted to know about medications!

So, what’s this book about?  People living with mental illness are often left out of the loop when it comes to understanding how exactly medications work.  This book explains pharmacology in a simplified, accessible way to help you understand the effects, both positive and negative, of psychiatric medications and why these effects occur.

Psych Meds Made Simple begins with the essentials of pharmacology and then moves on to cover all the major classes of psychiatric medications.  You’ll learn why one medication in a particular class might be a better fit for you than another.  Are you having weight gain from your medication?  You’ll find out why, and what other medications might be less likely to have the same side effect.

I’ve pulled together what I’ve learned in my training as a nurse and (former) pharmacist and years of clinical experience, added in my personal perspective from having taken many of these medications, and distilled it all down to the essential elements you need to know.

Chapter list:

  • Neurotransmitters and receptors
  • Pharmacology fundamentals
  • Antidepressants
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anxiolytics and sedatives
  • Stimulants
  • Putting the pieces together

I’ve written this book from the perspective that medications can be a powerful tool against mental illness, but they’re not a cure and they should never be the only tool in your toolbox.  The more you know, the better position you’re in to make decisions about your own health and illness.

A huge thank you to the people that have pre-ordered Psych Meds Made Simple!!!!

43 thoughts on “It’s Book Release Day for Psych Meds Made Simple!”

  1. Congratulations Ashley! I can’t wait to get a copy of this book. I constantly find myself having to research psych meds; unsure of how reliable the information source is, or what information is relevant to me and often I find the information difficult to process. I know from reading your psych med blogs that I will be able to rely on your book for information that I can understand and apply to my life. I can’t wait to get a copy.

  2. It was very exciting to see your fabulous book pop up in my Kindle today. Congrats to you, Ashley, on a beautiful, important book!

    I promise to post my reviews over the next few days on Amazon & Goodreads – it’s really important we all do that because the more reviews the book gets (at least on Amazon) the more it will be promoted to prospective readers….as you know, I’m sure! 😉



      1. Oooohhh, I just posted reviews to Amazon & Goodreads; I hope you like them!!!!
        Did you see your book is a BESTSELLER???? Wooooo hoooooooo!

    1. It’s definitely geared toward non-medical professionals, and I don’t think it goes into sufficient depth or breadth to work as a course textbook. Thanks for your question!


    I’ve read to 18% so far on my free Kindle reader app and am LOVING it!! And it’s wild that your book’s a bestseller!! How exciting!! Great job!!

  4. Oh wooooow, this is amazing!! Huuuuuge congratulations, you should be incredibly proud! Wishing you all the best with it but just starting to write something is, I think, a big deal, let alone finishing a whole book and having it published. I take my hat off to you, Ashley, and it’s fantastic that you’re sharing your thoughts on what is a hugely important topic (where I fully agree meds are not a ‘cure’ but can be useful in your toolbox and it’s not as black and white as some make it out to be).
    Caz xx

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