Psych Meds Made Simple

psych meds made simple

This is the official book page for Psych Meds Made Simple: How & Why They Do What They Do by Ashley L. Peterson.  It’s my first book.  It can be purchased on:


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

“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.” – Excerpt from Casey Elizabeth Dennis at 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. – Excerpt from Marie Abanga at 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. – Excerpt from Johnzelle of 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. – Excerpt from Karen at 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. – Excerpt from 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… – Excerpt from 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.  Excerpt from 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! – Excerpt from Dyane Harwood, author of Birth of a New Brain, on Amazon


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