Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 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, and […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 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 script we’re […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 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 health […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 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 (DSM), used […]

Theravive By: Patricia Tomasi 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, theories […]

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, […]

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 […]