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 […]

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 […]

Here is an article by Today’s Parent about our attempt to make maternal mental health part of the national conversation using the hashtag #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth during the annual #BellLetsTalk Canadian mental health campaign. Looks like we garnered some attention! In the end, we ended up with over 13 million Twitter impressions and the Chair of Bell […]

Update: Using #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth, advocates were able to obtain 13 million impressions on Twitter during the Bell Let’s Talk campaign Jan. 31, 2018. The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/30/2018 While I love Bell Let’s Talk‘s decision to focus on everyday Canadians this year instead of the celebrities we’re used to hearing from, I wish just one of the […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 01/23/2018 A recent study published by the Public Library of Science in December 2017 reveals that perinatal depression (depression in pregnancy and postpartum) is linked with higher rates of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms in children at ages three and six years highlighting an “urgent” need for perinatal depression screening. Even […]

“Women in Canada are getting the short straw, time and time again.” The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/22/2018 SHIRONOSOV VIA GETTY IMAGES   When Tara Mandarano of Richmond Hill, Ont., was five months pregnant, she gathered up the courage to tell her ob-gyn that she was feeling “incredibly anxious” all the time. She was embarrassed […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/22/2018   It’s every mom with postpartum depression’s worst nightmare: seeking help only to have children’s aid called, or worse, the cops. And that’s what happened to Jessica Porten of Sacramento, California this past weekend. “I thought it was very excessive, but I was told that the ER was where […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 01/16/2018 Not many studies have been done on the prevalence and identification of prenatal mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. The focus has tended to be more on testing screening methods for postpartum depression and maternal mental health disorders in the postpartum period which affects 10% to 20% of mothers, […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 01/09/2018 Even though nearly 15 per cent of women suffer from postpartum depression (PPD), we still don’t know the definitive causes of PPD and why some women are affected by it while others aren’t. PPD can come on anytime in the first year postpartum and symptoms can include anxiety as well […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 12/12/2018 Nary a day goes by without yet another celebrity, politician, or high ranking member of the media being accused of sexual harassment. The first domino to fall was Hollywood film producer magnate, Harvey Weinstein followed by Kevin Spacey, Matt Lauer, U.S. Senator Al Franken and many others.   It’s a […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 12/18/2017 We all know of a person that takes way too many selfies. Perhaps that person is you! Taking selfies and posting them on Instagram and Facebook is fun and lots of us do it, but did you know that indulging in selfie-taking could also be a sign of a mental […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 12/29/2017 The World Health Organization (WHO) seems ready to declare gaming as a mental health disorder in their newly updated International Classification of Diseases manual (ICD-11) set to be published in 2018. The manual hasn’t been updated since 1990.   Gaming disorder isn’t yet recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 01/02/2018 The age at which girls begin their period has “declined dramatically” over the past 50 years. While the average age of menstruation is currently 12 years of age, it used to be 16 years of age in the early 20th century. Though we don’t know exactly why this is occurring, […]

Diply By patriciatomasi   Of course you’ll take your kids tobogganing and do all the classic activities during the winter break, but what happens when they don’t want to build a snowman and they have cabin fever and they’re bored and you need time for yourself? Try these unique ideas to keep your kids engaged and […]

Diply By patriciatomasi Kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder can have heightened senses and brains that constantly seek sensory input — hence the invention of the most popular sensory toy of all time, the fidget spinner. While it got a bad rap, sensory toys can help atypicals learn more and they’re also super fun. Here are the […]

Diply By patriciatomasi We all need a change every now and then, but sometimes we just simply can’t afford to give our kid the room of their dreams…until now. Here are some of the most creative and least expensive ways to makeover your kid’s room. Plus, these DIYs get them involved! It’s a win-win. 1. Drive […]

Diply By patriciatomasi Do you suffer from bad mom jokes? You’re not alone. Here are 16 cringe-worthy mom jokes that have us shaking our heads wondering how we ever survived our punny upbringing. But all kidding aside, we love our moms and their rather questionable humour and to be fair, some of these are actually funny. […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 12/08/2017 ‘Tis the season to be jolly, but for children with sensory issues, all the lights, sights, and sounds of the holiday season can be a bit overwhelming. Children with sensory processing disorder, autism, or attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) can experience sensory overload from regular sights and sounds we take […]

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, […]

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 […]