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 feel so disorganized lately. It seems everywhere I turn there’s a pile of clothes to be folded and put away, toys to pick up and put away, carpets to vacuum, floors to wash, beds to make, jackets and shoes to organize, closets to be completely redone and the list goes on. That’s why I […]

This is the most normal, sane, grounded, calm, whatever word I can use to describe, low-key Halloween I’ve ever experienced in my entire life. I’m not dressed up, and I have no interest in dressing up. I did get a sudden flash of an image of a spectacular costume that would really weird out my […]

Oh crap… SAD has set in. I know it, I feel it. Or maybe it’s because my period is a few days away. It’s probably both. All I want to do is eat and sleep. That makes me feel lazy and unproductive. I need to feel productive and accomplished. Happens every year but I’m more […]

I feel AMAZING today! What a 180 turn from yesterday and this past week. I’m either rapid cycling more rapidly than I thought I might be, or I’m high off of eating half a box of Halloween candy last night. Either way, I don’t care because I LOVE this feeling. Since I’m aware that I’m […]

Phew! What a busy day at my day job so I’m writing my daily blog post in the afternoon instead of morning like I usually do. I wonder what kind of difference that will make in my writing. I think I feel better in the afternoon than I do in the morning. Things have settled […]

I’m in hibernation mode. Just wanted to sleep in this morning. Was awake for a couple hours in the middle of the night probably because I had chocolate rice milk before bed and the caffeine had a play date with my cortisol around 2 a.m. but then I fell into this wonderful deep sleep only […]

I’m in that last week and half period before my actual period which means I’m starting to feel unmotivated. I don’t feel like writing my daily blog and I already skipped my 11 a.m. morning elliptical session. I hope to push through however, and keep up my daily mental health habits starting with this post. […]

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. […]