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Ashley L. Peterson

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Ashley's first career was as a pharmacist, but she chose to give that up to become a nurse. While completing her nursing degree she realized that mental health resonated more with her than any other area, and she has worked in the field for her entire 14+ year career. She has published papers in a number of academic nursing journals.

She was first diagnosed with depression in 2007, and since then she has been passionate about speaking up to challenge the stigma around mental illness. She completed a Master of Psychiatric Nursing degree despite two hospitalizations while she was in grad school.

She is the author of the blog Mental Health @ Home, where she talks candidly about all things mental health-related. You can find the blog at mentalhe
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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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The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang
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The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esmé Weijun Wang gives insights into her life with schizoaffective disorder and some of the major issues she’s faced as a result.

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The Gratitude Project by Jeremy Adam Smith
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The Gratitude Project, edited by Jeremy Adam Smith et al., is a project of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley in California. It includes chapters by a number of different authors on various aspects of gratitude.

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Stop Avoiding Stuff by Matthew S. Boone
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Stop Avoiding Stuff, by Matthew S. Boone, Jennifer Gregg, and Lisa W. Coyne, is based on acceptance and commitment therapy. It teaches microskills that you can use as alternatives to avoidance, and suggests teeny tiny practices.

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Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff
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Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself is written by Kristin Neff, a prominent researcher in the area of self-compassion. It includes research findings, a variety of exercises with room to complete them in the book, and stories f ...more
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The Silent Scream by Maria Alfieri
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The Silent Scream: An Anthology of Despair, Struggle, and Hope is put together by Maria Alfieri. There are 10 other contributors to the book using their full names, including myself, and other writing anonymously.

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The Fancy Trade and the Commodification of Rape in the Sexual... by Tiye A. Gordon
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Can’t Keep Me Down is the latest book from Maranda Russell, who you may know from her blog or the multiple other books she’s written. This is a poetry and short prose chapbook, which isn’t a term I’d ever heard before. So, off to Wikipedia, which say ...more
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I Lost My Little Apricot by Melody Finch
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I Lost My Little Apricot by Melody Finch, the lovely Caramel (Learner at Love), shares the heart-wrenching experience of miscarrying.

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The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. van der Kolk
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The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk is perhaps one of the best known books about trauma, and in particular early life trauma. It’s been on my to-be-read list for quite a while, and I’ve finally managed to get around to it.

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