Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi  06/19/2018 As yogis prepare to celebrate the third annual International Yoga Day on June 21st, they’ll no doubt be touting a new study published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine on the effect of traditional yoga and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on the health-related quality of life of patients on […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   06/12/2018 Graduating or know someone that’s graduating from high school this month? Perhaps your son or daughter? After celebrating all the achievements and accomplishments of the past several years while looking ahead to continuing studies at college or university in the fall, make sure you also take into account your mental […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   06/21/2018 Anyone who has had a baby knows the physical and psychological demands of caring for a newborn. It’s a 24/7 endeavour that requires much of a new mother’s energy even though she’s probably lacking in sleep and still recovering from labor and delivery. How do women do it? How do women […]

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi  06/15/2018 Maternal mental health advocate Claire Kerr-Zlobin was surprised to learn Canada is funding postpartum depression screening projects abroad while, at the same time, not recommending the practice here at home. “I’ve been trying for years to get traction on universal perinatal depression screening for mothers in Canada,” Kerr-Zlobin, founder of Life […]

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi  06/08/2018 Janice Lamont* was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) following two miscarriages in the past year. “It was two pregnancies,” said Lamont, who lives in London, Ont. and asked for her real name not to be used. “The first was twins. I saw their heartbeats at the six-week ultrasound. Then […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   05/01/2018 A recent study published in Frontiers in Psychology found that eating raw fruits and vegetables rather than processed, cooked or canned fruits and vegetables is associated with better mental health. To test the theory that cooking or processed fruits and vegetables contain fewer nutrients than raw fruits and vegetables, which in turn […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi  05/07/2018 Most parents caring for a newborn are overwhelmed and exhausted at the best of times and often can’t imagine what it would be like to be the parents of twins or more. But while up to 20 per cent of women experience a maternal mental illness during the postpartum period, […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   05/15/2018 With marijuana legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) for medical use, eight states and D.C. for recreational use, and soon to be legal in all of Canada for medical and recreational use, researchers are becoming increasingly interested in learning about the birth outcomes of children of […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   05/20/2018 A new study published in Frontiers In Psychiatry has found that the core symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are associated with binge eating. They also found a correlation between ADHD and restrictive eating. Interestingly, a negative mood is what mediates the relationship between ADHD and binge eating or […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   05/28/2018 Did you know that after 70 years of age, your chances of developing a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety doubles every five years? The same is true for cognitive decline such as impaired memory. Here’s another fun statistic to look forward to: By age 85, one in four […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi  06/05/2018 Postpartum anxiety is common yet we don’t hear of it as often as we do postpartum depression even though it results in “highly detrimental” and long-term effects on a mother and child. A woman is more susceptible to anxiety in the postpartum period than at any other time of her […]

The Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi  05/30/2018 It took Sara Beckel a year to recover from postpartum depression. “It was debilitating on all fronts,” Beckel told HuffPost Canada. “If brexanolone had been around, I would have said ‘sign me up!’” As a certified labour doula and founder of Family First Doula Service & Maternal Wellness in Regina, […]

Though we’ve started the conversation around mental health in Canada, it’s not enough. It’s time for action and it’s why I applaud the efforts of advocates like Frank Van Nie, Courtney Taylor, Dejan Bozin, Judy Wisdom, Shivani Sharma, Mark Farrant and Jeanette Schepp, the organizers behind the March For Mental Health Toronto (MFMHTO) on May 12th, […]

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi   05/02/2018 While countries such as Australia, the U.K., and the United States all have lots to build on going into this year’s World Maternal Mental Health Day on May 2nd, Canada is still playing catch-up. “In Canada, we are not yet doing anything,” Dr. Ariel K. Dalfen, head of […]

Huffington Post By Patricia Tomasi 04/25/2018 Warning: this post contains plot spoilers about the movie “Tully.” Maternal mental health advocates are fuming over Hollywood’s latest depiction of postpartum depression in the movie “Tully,” starring Charlize Theron, set to hit theatres May 4th. “It makes my blood boil,” Lisa Tremayne, co-founder of the Bloom Foundationand director […]

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi   04/20/2018 Adriana Maiato feared childbirth throughout her entire pregnancy. “I was always in fear of the big day,” Maiato, of Tottenham, Ont. told HuffPost Canada. “I even secretly thought of planning a C-section because the thought of having a baby come out of my vagina was terrifying.” Maiato was […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi  2018/03/20 There are many unanswered questions regarding the opioid crisis currently gripping the United States and Canada, including what to do about pregnant woman addicted to the drug both in terms of the health and safety of the woman and the infant. Up to a third of pregnant women are prescribed […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   2018/03/26 If exercise helps fight off depression as we’ve heard time and time again of late, it would make sense that stopping to exercise would then bring on depression or depressive symptoms in those with a prior history of depression, wouldn’t it? Yes and no, according to a new study […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi    2018/04/03 A recent study published in the Journal of Traditional Psychiatry says pregnant women with perinatal depression may be having an effect on their unborn child on a biological level, potentially putting them “at risk for developing a range of neuropsychiatric disorders.” This is not to scare women with perinatal depression. […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi     2018/04/10 Up to 20 per cent of women experience depression during pregnancy and 13 per cent decide to take medication for it. Since we know that a woman’s risk of developing postpartum depression increases if her depression during pregnancy is left untreated, we know it’s important that she not […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi    2018/04/17 A new study published this month in the American Economic Review has found that “family ruptures” and stress can impact the mental health of future generations – in utero, i.e., before someone is even born, highlighting the importance of improved maternal mental health care, even during the preconception phase. […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   03/13/2018 Remember the book-turned-early-90s-cultural-phenomenon, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus? Well, it seems the authors were on to something. Exciting research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada (CAMH) and the University of Pittsburgh has identified, for the first time, biological markers in the brain that […]

Where are our pregnancy badges, massages, and limo rides?! The Huffington Post     03/08/2018 By: Patricia Tomasi Think women have it pretty good in Canada when it comes to giving birth? Think again. Though Canada is definitely a great place to have a baby what with our universal healthcare system, 18-month maternity leave, and our new “use-it-or-lose-it” five […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi    02/06/2018 By 2022, two out of five new moms will be part of Generation Z. This is the generation born between 1997 and 1999 that grew up with Facebook and social media, tablets and smart phones. This is the generation for whom, “technology is like oxygen” says Julie Michaelson, head […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi  02/26/2018 What came first, the chicken or the egg? Are we born with our own unique personality or is the environment in which we are born and raised responsible for shaping it? In an article recently published in the Journal of New Ideas in Psychology, authors John E. Krzeczkowski from the Neuroscience […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi   02/20/2018 In a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychological Science, authors Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi and Tom Johnstone from the Department of Psychology, School of Psychology and Clinical Languages at the University of Reading in the U.K. demonstrate how people with anxiety and depression tend to use more absolute words and […]

Lisa Tremayne is one incredible maternal mental health advocate. After going through fertility issues and delivering triplets that had to be treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Lisa suffered from postpartum depression and struggled herself to get help. “Within 72 hours of all my babies being home with each on a three hour feeding […]

Advocates say healthcare workers need better training. Huff Post Canada By: Patricia Tomasi      02/13/2018 Note: At their request, HuffPost Canada changed the names of the three Canadian mothers who came forward with their stories. No other names have been changed. When U.S. mom Jessica Porten made international headlines last month after she shared a shocking story […]

02/13/2018 Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi Even though postpartum depression affects 10% to 20% of women, less than 50% of women are screened. A new study published in the Journal of Pediatric Care in early 2018 looked at evidence for implementing postpartum depression screening in pediatric primary care and found that it is not only “feasible” but can […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 02/05/2018 As the general population moves towards a greater understanding and awareness of mental illness in campaigns such as Bell Let’s Talk in Canada and Time To Talk in the U.K., scientists, doctors and researchers continue to examine the causes of varying mental disorders in order to improve prevention, screening and […]