The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 01/19/2017 My babysitter doesn’t show up. On her first day. When I need her most. I hired her because of an anxiety relapse. I need help with the kids and with everything while I work on my recovery. She sends me a text that she has a prior […]

Ever wonder if your PPD is affecting your baby? What about the effect of perinatal depression on an unborn child? A new study published in the Journal of Traditional Psychiatry says pregnant women with perinatal depression may be affecting their unborn child on a biological level, potentially putting them “at risk for developing a range […]

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 12/14/2016 The holidays are an exciting time for many children but can also be an overwhelming time for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Here are some tips on how to handle the upcoming holiday season for parents and caregivers of children with ADHD. 1. Don’t make […]

I’m tired of reading stuff like this: “We’ve seen the birth of a child tons of times in movies. The mother is exhausted but has a faint smile as she looks at her newborn, and her family is gathered around the bed. No matter how tough it is to care for the baby, with the […]

Postpartum depression needs to be detected before PPD hits because once PPD hits, all that a woman can do is ride out her symptoms with whatever treatment she’s able to access that hopefully works well enough to reduce her suffering until her PPD is over. I hope a day comes when we can stop PPD in its […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 10/27/2015 Toronto child and youth worker Sheera Walton spends a great deal of time assisting children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). But when it came to the diagnosis of her own son Darius at age six, she was surprised by her reaction. “Being knowledgeable about it didn’t […]

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 05/10/2015 2015 was a banner year for banter on social media concerning postpartum depression thanks to Hollywood celebrities like Hayden Panettiere, Drew Barrymore and Patti LaBelle, who spoke openly about their struggles with the common mood disorder. “Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it […]

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 05/10/2015 While my fellow Canadians were busy engaged in the popular social media campaign known as #BellLetsTalk to reduce the stigma of mental health, our neighbours to the south started their own twitter crusade to enlighten one of their public figures on the seriousness of postpartum depression. Katherine […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/24/2015 I’m not a doctor. I’m a mother. A mother who’s suffering from postpartum depression (PPD). For the second time. And I still don’t know why. And though I’m not a doctor. I plan on finding out why. Why I’m suffering from PPD. Because I believe there’s still […]  |  By Patricia Tomasi 05/10/2013 Claire Zlobin knew something was amiss. After giving birth to her daughter, she found herself often crying, lonely and depressed. When she tried to reach out to other moms in her community facing the same struggles, she became frustrated at the lack of peer support programs available to connect moms experiencing […]

Today’s Parent  | By Patricia Tomasi 04/04/2011 (Note: I wrote this while experiencing postpartum depression for the first time. Since then, I have learned that it takes a lot more than meditation to help many women recover.) It’s hard to say when my postpartum anxiety and depression took hold. Looking back now, signs did point to something […]