A Mental Ward Is No Place For Moms With Postpartum Depression

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 … Continue reading A Mental Ward Is No Place For Moms With Postpartum Depression

I Dream Of A Day All Mothers Are Entitled To PPD Rehab

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 … Continue reading I Dream Of A Day All Mothers Are Entitled To PPD Rehab

Canada Needs To Prioritize A National Postpartum Depression Strategy

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 04/04/2016 When I speak to mothers with postpartum depression (PPD) across Canada about their experience navigating the medical system for help, one overwhelming theme is common amid all the stories I hear which can be summed up in one word: Hopelessness. That's because when they turn to the … Continue reading Canada Needs To Prioritize A National Postpartum Depression Strategy

Homegrown Mom Group Helps Combat Postpartum Depression

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/03/2016 First time mom Jane Walker took proactive steps while pregnant to ensure she wouldn't be isolated once her baby was born. "When I started maternity leave, I knew that I needed to get myself out of the house and be social or I risked postpartum depression," says Jane. … Continue reading Homegrown Mom Group Helps Combat Postpartum Depression

ADHD Symptoms: This Disorder Can Look Very Different In Girls

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 02/17/2016 I met Jennie Rosecan in an online support group for parents of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). We both have daughters with ADHD named Ava and Eva. But that’s where their similarities end. My Eva is loud, disruptive and uncooperative, which is what most people … Continue reading ADHD Symptoms: This Disorder Can Look Very Different In Girls

Postpartum Depression Isn’t Normal, It’s Complicated

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 02/11/2017 When a friend says postpartum depression is normal, I get disappointed. When a psychologist says postpartum depression is normal, I get worried. When a New York Times best selling author and former U.S. congressional candidate with hundreds of thousands of followers says that postpartum depression is normal, … Continue reading Postpartum Depression Isn’t Normal, It’s Complicated

Is Kim Right? Would Eating My Placenta Have Stopped My Postpartum Depression?

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 05/10/2015 I'm not having any more kids, so I'll never know. But still. I have to know. Would eating my placenta have stopped my postpartum depression? Kim Kardashian seems to think so. So last night I took to Facebook and randomly surveyed women on their experiences. I got … Continue reading Is Kim Right? Would Eating My Placenta Have Stopped My Postpartum Depression?

Parents With Disabilities: These Moms Live In Fear Of Losing Their Kids

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 05/10/2015 Nicole Reid has been battling postpartum anxiety since the birth of her daughter five years ago. The symptoms include panic attacks, heart palpitations, worrying thoughts and insomnia. Her treatment plan includes medication and regular visits to a psychiatrist. Sometimes it takes a few tries to find the … Continue reading Parents With Disabilities: These Moms Live In Fear Of Losing Their Kids