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Ashley L. Peterson

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Ashley began her career in health care as a pharmacist in 2002, and quickly returned to school to become a nurse two years later. She specialized in the field of mental health for her entire 15-year career, working with people with serious mental illness in both hospital and community settings.

Two years into her nursing career, Ashley was hospitalized with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder. Since then, she’s been passionate about challenging the stigma around mental illness. She completed a Master of Psychiatric Nursing degree in 2015, despite two hospitalizations while in grad school. Her thesis work and several academic journal publications focused on her experience of mental illness within the context of nursing culture.

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Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis: Understanding the DSM-5 is my second book and will be coming out this fall!

It will cover the DSM-5 diagnostic information for a variety of mental illnesses, including what's involved in making a diagnosis, the criteria for each diagnosis, and an explanation of what the various symptoms actually look like.  It will explain why a person's diagnoses may change o Read more of this blog post »
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Radical Compassion by Tara Brach
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Radical Compassion by Tara Brach is her latest book; I’ve previously reviewed Radical Acceptance. This book focuses on RAIN, which can give you the gift of “living from your full potential.”

I did a post not long ago about RAIN, which involves Recogni
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Rewire Your OCD Brain by Catherine M. Pittman
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Rewire Your OCD Brain by Catherine M. Pittman and William H. Youngs explains how your brain works and how you can take advantage of that to manage OCD.

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Brain Storm by Shelley Kolton
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Brain Storm by Shelley Kolton shares her experience discovering as an adult that she’d experienced childhood abuse and developed dissociative identity disorder, as well as the work she did on integration and healing.

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The Anxiety Book for Trans People by Freiya Benson
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The Anxiety Book for Trans People by Freiya Benson aims to support trans and other non-cis identities in dealing with anxiety. Benson has previously published Trans Love, an anthology of trans and non-binary voices.

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The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker
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Redface by Russell Norris
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Redface by Russell Norris is a memoir of living with social anxiety disorder—with a twist.

The redface of the title comes from a condition the author has called idiopathic craniofacial erythema, which produces intense and often unprovoked facial blush
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You Will Never Be Normal by Catherine  Klatzker
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You Will Never Be Normal by Catherine Klatzker takes the reader on a journey of discovery with her as she learns that she has dissociative identity disorder and Parts inside of her have been holding trauma she hadn’t even been aware that she had expe ...more
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Reading Our Minds by Daniel Barron
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Reading Our Minds by Daniel Barron, a psychiatrist and pain management fellow, explores the incorporation of Big Data to improve the practice of psychiatry. The idea of supporting psychiatric assessment with solid data is an appealing one, but many q ...more
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Spite by Simon McCarthy-Jones
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Spite: The Upside of Your Dark Side by Simon McCarthy-Jones tells us why spite can actually be a good thing, even though it probably doesn’t seem like it could be.

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