Online Therapy For Postpartum Depression Makes The Most Sense

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 … Continue reading Online Therapy For Postpartum Depression Makes The Most Sense

ADHD And Autism: What’s The Difference?

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 … Continue reading ADHD And Autism: What’s The Difference?

A Massive Postpartum Depression Study Has Just Opened In Canada

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 … Continue reading A Massive Postpartum Depression Study Has Just Opened In Canada

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

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/23/2015 En français 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 … 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