It’s been a couple of days since I’ve written but it feels like centuries. First off, I have to share some amazing news: I lost five pounds! Five pounds out of the 30 pounds I gained after going on medication for postpartum depression. I can’t believe it! I stepped on the scale this morning, (actually […]

I was interviewed about my postpartum anxiety experience by Cynthia McKelvey for Romper and the article was published today. I’m glad to see more articles about postpartum anxiety. Though I say I suffered from postpartum depression, it’s really an umbrella term I use and many use to cover all maternal mental health disorders, when in fact, […]

I just had a teeny tiny bit of dizziness as I walked into work and sitting down at my desk now I can tell that if I tilt my head or bend it forward, I will probably feel full on dizzy today. It happens sometimes, usually as part of my anxiety symptoms. I’m not anxious […]

Today is my dad’s 78th birthday. Happy birthday pappers. I don’t actually call him pappers. I call him daddy. We have a complicated relationship but it’s the best it’s ever been right now. I get a lot of my mental illness genetics from him and his side of the family, a bit from my mom’s […]

Getting to my writing a little late today because I had a doctor’s appointment this morning which I was SO FREAKIN’ NERVOUS ABOUT for like two weeks. It was like, the kind of nervous I get about flying, kind of nervous. I have a phobia of doctors (and flying) and no matter how much I […]

Having some anxiety this morning. It’s been building over the past couple of weeks. My thoughts are going to scary places, I don’t feel grounded and my stomach is tight. I’m not at ease. It helps to write every day to have a record of how I’m feeling so I can look back and recognize […]

It’s raining today. Sometimes I love the rain. It’s soothing. I feel like being cozy. I want a mug of dandelion tea and a warm sweater. Actually, it’s pretty warm in here, warm enough to wear a cold shoulder shirt and birkenstocks and still feel cozy. We’re approaching mid-October and I’m still wearing short sleeve […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 People who need help already languish on wait lists, and that may not change. We’ve come to the end of another Mental Illness Awareness Week, the time of year when government suddenly finds the money and resources for programs and initiatives long overdue which they announce with great fanfare and […]

Today is October 10th, World Mental Health Day (WMHD). It’s been 25 years since the World Federation of Mental Health began the first WMHD back in 1992. I have to admit, it’s the first time I’ve heard of it. The World Federation of Mental Health, working presently out of the state of Virginia in the […]

It’s Friday! Woohoo! Again, on behalf of mothers everywhere it’s not that much of a celebration, especially with a three-day weekend upon us, but I have set it up so that I will have a brilliant weekend with some me-time on Monday thanks to the services of one of my wonderful babysitters who will be […]

Holy crap I made it to work ON TIME today. I really can’t say what I did differently to make it happen. We all got up at the same time and went through the same motions. Eva was uncooperative, Celeste was super cranky. It was all pretty normal but somehow we all made it to […]

So excited my article on WebMoti came out yesterday, a new virtual multi-sensory computer system to help students with autism still be part of their class and control their level of sensory input. It’s being funded by the Ontario government and tested at the Toronto District School Board. I interviewed everyone on the project from […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/02/2017 Not all screen time is bad. Porchya Bernier’s son, Jordan, missed most of junior kindergarten because of his sensory issues related to autism. “The school asked me to remove him,” says Bernier. “He couldn’t handle the loudness and busyness of the classroom and had problems focusing on his own […]

Getting to my writing a little late this morning. Had to do a few updates on my computer at work. What a great morning! When my eight year old daughter, Eva, is in a great mood, things go really smoothly. I haven’t had a morning like this with the kids in a long time. This […]

Very excited! My editor loves my piece I’ve been working on for months which will probably be published today! You know who’s really going to be happy? My sources who have been waiting with harried anticipation for this article to come out. But timing is everything and looks like today’s the day! Can’t wait to […]

I’m tired. I want to write every day but I’m tired. After a couple hectic mornings of getting the kids ready for school and daycare and hectic nights of making every person an individualized dinner followed by the chaos of bedtime, mixed in with colds, coughs, refusals to go to school and a trip to […]

I’m back! I’m back! I’m back! I can feel it. I feel great. I want to move. I’m actually charging my fitbit that’s been lying dormant on my night table for over a month. I want to go into the side work room, pull out my sleeping yoga mat and get to it! Yes I’m […]

Omg, I’m here! Back at the Writing Hour. I can’t believe it. I was actually looking forward to writing this morning. How about that? Also, I’m feeling fan-fucking-tastic today! (Must be approaching ovulation.) I’m not unmotivated or demotivated or in a state of unmotivation or demotivation. I want to fucking take on the world today! […]

That’s it. I’m starting a blog and I’m going to write daily. Here goes… I’m feeling so unmotivated these days. A little lacklustre. I know I just started a new project with this blog, but I’m only doing it because of the fact I feel so unmotivated. I almost decided to give it all up […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 09/11/2017 Could you really say no to your child if they said they wanted to run across Canada to raise money for mental health? After experiencing the struggles of his family and fellow classmates firsthand, and pleading with his mom to let him help, 13-year-old Zach Hofer of Barrie, Ont. […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 08/29/2017 I’ve learned that it really is up to me, the parent, to ensure my daughter with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has a successful school year. ADHD occurs in five per cent of children worldwide and is the most prevalent childhood psychiatric disorder in Canada. Now that Eva is entering […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 08/22/2017 Touching or following other children on the playground is how five-year-old Kellen tries to make new friends. “I have to intervene at that point,” says Kellen’s mom, Heather Atkinson-Rossi. “I tell the children his name and explain that he doesn’t have words but likes watching and running with others.” […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 06/01/2017 New screen time recommendations by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) released today for children under the age of four do not apply to children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). “Children with neurodevelopmental disabilities are excluded as well as older children and […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/17/2017 It’s crazy to expect a new mother with postpartum depression (PPD) to attend regular therapy sessions. That’s if she can get access to therapy at all what with the ongoing shortage of psychiatrists and psychotherapists across Canada and the U.S. That’s why I think online therapy for […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/01/2017 DeAnny Wry’s 12-year-old son, T.J., was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) last year, three years after he was first diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). “Our journey has been a long one,” the mother-of-two from Dawson Creek, B.C. tells HuffPost Canada. “We did not know […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 04/27/2017 Postpartum depression is a global problem, and that’s never been more apparent. Today, Canada joins the U.S. and Australia in the largest international postpartum depression (PPD) study to date that’s using smartphones and ‘spit kits’ to collect data and DNA samples from women who have suffered from […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/23/2015 En français En español In italiano 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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]