2020 Year in review: Books
MH@H Books, Writing

2020 Year in Review: Books

In February, 2020, I published my third book, Managing the Depression Puzzle. It followed pretty rapid fire after Psych Meds Made Simple in Feb/19 and then Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis in Sept/19. The timing wasn't great for my latest book, coming out shortly before the COVID train plowed over everything. It didn't manage to… Continue reading 2020 Year in Review: Books

somatic treatments for depression, including ECT and TMS
Depression, MH@H Books

Somatic Treatments for Depression

One of the chapters in my new book Managing the Depression Puzzle is focused on somatic treatments for depression, which involve the application of energy to the brain.  These types of treatment are used less commonly than medications or therapy, but they do have a role to play, particularly when it comes to treatment-resistant depression.… Continue reading Somatic Treatments for Depression

Illness treatment ad wellness promotion strategies for managing depression
Mental Health, MH@H Books

Mental Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion

One of the things I talk about in my new book Managing the Depression Puzzle is the idea of differentiating between illness treatment strategies and wellness promotion strategies.  I think it's a distinction that applies to mental illness in general.  So what's the difference? Illness treatment I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here, but… Continue reading Mental Illness Treatment vs. Wellness Promotion

List of supplements that can help with depression, from Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson
Depression, MH@H Books

Supplements for Depression that Actually Work

Some people claim that vitamins and minerals can cure serious mental illness.  That's not what I'm talking about here.  While in general, there's not a ton of research funding for supplements and herbal products, there are a number of supplements that do have some research evidence to support their effectiveness in depression. For people with… Continue reading Supplements for Depression that Actually Work

MH@H Books

Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around

Naltrexone (brand names include Vivitrol and ReVia) blocks opioid receptors just like Narcan (naloxone), which is used to treat opioid overdoses.  Both drugs prevent any opioids in the vicinity From being able to latch onto opioid receptors and do their opioid thing.  While Narcan and fast- and short-acting, naloxone works more slowly and is longer-acting. … Continue reading Naltrexone – An Opioid Blocker That Gets Around

Managing the Depression Puzzle: different pieces of the puzzle that can help with depression
Mental Health, MH@H Books

Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool

It would be nice if treating mental illness was as simple as popping a pill and carrying on with life.  But of course life (and mental illness) doesn't work that way.  Managing a chronic mental illness means drawing on multiple different tools and trying to build up the toolbox as much as possible. Earlier in… Continue reading Managing Mental Illness Requires More Than One Tool

blister packed pink and white pills
MH@H Books

My Version of Being Pro-Medication

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm pretty pro-medication when it comes to mental illness.  I thought it would be worthwhile, though, to give a little bit more nuanced perspective. My take on meds comes from my professional training as a pharmacist and then nurse, years of experience, and many hours of continuing education.  I've seen… Continue reading My Version of Being Pro-Medication

Mental illness and medication use in pregnancy - graphic of pregnant woman and health icons
MH@H Books

Mental Illness and Medication Use in Pregnancy

The world likes to get judgy when it comes to medications, particularly those that are viewed as addictive or otherwise "bad" in some way.  The judginess grows exponentially when it comes to medication use in pregnancy. Obviously, it's a problem if a medication has a negative effect on a developing fetus.  However, in the real… Continue reading Mental Illness and Medication Use in Pregnancy

antidepressants and suicide risk - the FDA black box warning
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Antidepressants and Suicide Risk

Do antidepressants increase the risk of suicide?  There are certainly people out there who are very vocal in insisting that they do.  However, as is so often the case, the loudmouths don't tend to be especially well informed. The FDA black box warning Since 2004, the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required a… Continue reading Antidepressants and Suicide Risk