The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 When Connie Chow of Edmonton, Alta., couldn’t access a therapist to help her through postpartum depression, her husband suggested she try online therapy. “I was isolating myself,” recalls Chow. “He noticed that I didn’t want to leave the house with the baby and that I would worry or fixate […]

Diply By patriciatomasi Hate winter? You’re not alone. Many of us literally feel sad once days start getting shorter and darker. Seasonal Affective Disorder or “SAD” can leave us feeling tired and unmotivated. Don’t be left out in the cold. Here are 16 ways to combat snowmageddon and start enjoying old man winter again. 1. Take […]

Diply By patriciatomasi Congratulations! You’re pregnant! Cue the raging hormones, morning sickness, and uninvited belly rubs. But seriously, there is no need to worry. We’re here with the other side of things: the awesome side. So check out these 12 pregnancy perks that prove pregnancy can be the best time of your life. 1. You Get […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 06/21/2016 I’ve often wondered if I had something more than postpartum depression and anxiety. I had extreme mood disturbances following the birth of my first daughter. First, I was severely depressed. I was crying all the time and I thought life was over. I’d pick fights with my […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/30/2016 As the debate rages on in Ontario over access to provincially funded Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children with autism over the age of five, let’s not forget about autism’s close cousin, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Though identified up until now as two distinct conditions, […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/20/2016 Sometimes I wonder how I ever got through postpartum depression (PPD) the first time around without Facebook, Google, mommy blogs and my smartphone. That was seven years ago, i.e. the olden days, when everyone didn’t own a smart phone and there weren’t any live online PPD support […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/17/2016 Want to know what kind of treatment Hollywood actress Hayden Panettiere is getting in postpartum depression (PPD) rehab? I imagine it’s not a vacation but a pretty swank treatment centre where Hayden entered for a second time to deal with PPD late last week. Last Friday, I […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/13/2016 Rehab for postpartum depression. Wouldn’t that be nice? I don’t remember being given the option. I do remember getting a weird look, being brushed off, handed a script and sent home. I can only imagine (fantasize) what rehab for postpartum depression looks like. A limo arrives at […]