Psych Meds Made Simple

psych meds made simple

Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do by Ashley L. Peterson is my first book.  You can find it on:

Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do

About the book

People living with mental illness are often left out of the loop when it comes to understanding how exactly medications work.  This book will explain pharmacology in a simplified, accessible way to help you understand the effects, both positive and negative, of psychiatric medications and why these effects occur.  It’s everything you didn’t realize you wanted to know about medications!

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 meds may 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.

Chapters include:

  • Neurotransmitters and receptors
  • Pharmacology fundamentals
  • Antidepressants
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anxiolytics and sedatives
  • Stimulants

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.

Readers’ Responses to Psych Meds Made Simple by Ashley L Peterson


“Overall, Psych Meds Made Simple was a great read. Author Ashley Peterson cares deeply about providing readers with non-judgmental, science-based information, and her writing reflects that. In a misinformation-riddled society that deeply stigmatizes mental illness, Psych Meds Made Simple is a compassionate and scientifically accurate breath of fresh air.” – Hannah Celeste, Books and Bakes


“This book is what we need to understand about mental health medication, as it’s written in most simplified form and covers a wide range of medicines. I am truly grateful to Ashley for coming up with this idea and executing it so brilliantly!” – N.F. Mirza, Amazon


“I loved this book and I recommend it for anyone who’s confused about their medications and wants to learn more about how they interact with their brain.” – Casey Elizabeth Dennis, This Bipolar Brat


I learned so much, and I honestly marvel at the depth of the research…  In my country, there is still such a pervasive culture of the doctor knows best, and the patient is just supposed to take them medication. Now, some patients and carers can start asking real questions while requesting for medication adjustments and re-adjustments. – Marie Abanga, MAG’s Blog


The book itself was very user-friendly. I’m a therapist and I can see myself referring to this book as I work with clients who are receiving medication management. – Johnzelle Anderson, Panoramic Counseling


A useful book for those wishing to understand more about the action and function of certain medications or with a general interest in medicine. – Karen Horsley, Blue Sky Days 365



What an incredible wealth of information! Having taken some of these drugs myself for years and having concerns about each new one I have tried, I wish I would have had this handy book sooner! … Definitely recommended for anyone wanting to understand these drugs, their effects, and potential benefits. Maranda Russell, author of No More Grumpieson Amazon


Ashley has a real talent for breaking down the language between psychiatrists and patients. She presents the information in a way that makes it easy to digest… This book is a must-have… Revenge of Eve on Amazon


It reads as a great primer for anyone who wants to understand psychopharmacology, written by someone who’s been there both personally and professionally.  Meg Kimball, author of Unraveled, on Goodreads


I’m so grateful that Ashley Peterson has created a book that will be of tremendous help to the mental health community and beyond! – Dyane Harwood, author of Birth of a New Brain, on Amazon


You can find all of the Mental Health @ Home blog posts on psychiatric medications here.


Psych Meds Made Simple Infographics

Differences between typical and atypical antipsychotic medications .           Psych Meds Made Simple by Ashley L. Peterson - classes of medications for mood disorders

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