13 Reasons Why Isn’t Safe For Me Or Anyone With Mental Illness

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/23/2015 I've been told I should give it a chance but after hearing what mental-health advocates have to say, I'm not sure Netflix's new popular series 13 Reasons Why is safe for me or anyone else with a mental illness to watch. The series is based on a … Continue reading 13 Reasons Why Isn’t Safe For Me Or Anyone With Mental Illness

Schools For Autism: Why Parents Are Taking Education Into Their Own Hands

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/23/2015 This September, two new schools designed especially for children with autism opened their doors in Ontario. The schools were created and funded by parents who felt the public education system couldn't meet the requirements of their children's special needs. In Aurora, Serena Thompson started the Lighthouse Learning … Continue reading Schools For Autism: Why Parents Are Taking Education Into Their Own Hands

Canada May Take Part In Largest Postpartum Depression Study

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 03/23/2016 We're not part of the largest and coolest postpartum depression (PPD) study ever announced yesterday, but we will be soon, says the study's lead researcher. Maybe. "Canada is hopefully coming soon," says Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, director of the perinatal psychiatry program at the University of North Carolina … Continue reading Canada May Take Part In Largest Postpartum Depression Study

B.C. May Soon Become the Only Province to Identity ADHD As A Learning Disorder

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 03/28/2017 British Columbia is working to put kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in their place. Their rightful place. And it's time for the rest of Canada to do the same. "The Ministry of Education is currently reviewing proposed changes and additions to the current Special Education … Continue reading B.C. May Soon Become the Only Province to Identity ADHD As A Learning Disorder

Ontario’s Psychologists Can Help Reduce Wait Lists For Children

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 12/01/2016 Why isn't Ontario bringing in psychologists to help solve the crisis over long wait times for therapy for children with severe mental health disorders? Clearly the call is there. "This point can never be overstated: psychological/psychotherapy services need to be woven into our public health system," tweeted … Continue reading Ontario’s Psychologists Can Help Reduce Wait Lists For Children

Ignore the hype about epidurals — we still don’t know what causes postpartum depression

CBC News | By Patricia Tomasi 11/22/2016 An unpublished study suggests that epidurals “may” help reduce PPD in “some” women It's time to set the record straight: labour pain and epidurals do not cause or prevent postpartum depression (PPD). No one knows what causes postpartum depression. And no one knows what can prevent it. So please, stop … Continue reading Ignore the hype about epidurals — we still don’t know what causes postpartum depression

Every School Should Have Pedal Desks For Kids With ADHD

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/28/2016 My dream is to have what's happening at Massey Street Public School in Brampton, Ontario be the norm at all schools. Students in a grade 3-4 split class there are involved in a pilot project this year whereby traditional desks are being replaced with bicycle desks, bean … Continue reading Every School Should Have Pedal Desks For Kids With ADHD

Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its Kind

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/18/2016 I remember making the decision to wean off antidepressants before trying to get pregnant. No one helped me make that decision. It was something I did myself because I was scared that antidepressants might harm my baby. I had been on medication for a year for panic … Continue reading Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its Kind

Ontario Is Failing To Quickly Treat Children With ADHD

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 10/21/2016 Long wait times for therapy for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are leaving many parents, including myself, wondering about the effectiveness of Ontario's current strategy. "We're seeing some successes in some jurisdictions," says Minister of Child and Youth Services, Michael Coteau. "If you're telling me … Continue reading Ontario Is Failing To Quickly Treat Children With ADHD

ADHD Is Real And Not A Result Of Bad Parenting

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 09/13/2016 It's been a while since I've written about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I took the summer off and was enjoying a better start to the school year for my daughter with ADHD who entered second grade last week when I came across this unfortunate article which … Continue reading ADHD Is Real And Not A Result Of Bad Parenting