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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/18/2016 I remember making the decision to wean off antidepressants before trying to get pregnant. No one helped me make that decision. It was something I did myself because I was scared that antidepressants might harm my baby. I had been on medication for a year for panic […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 10/21/2016 Long wait times for therapy for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are leaving many parents, including myself, wondering about the effectiveness of Ontario’s current strategy. “We’re seeing some successes in some jurisdictions,” says Minister of Child and Youth Services, Michael Coteau. “If you’re telling me […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 09/13/2016 It’s been a while since I’ve written about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I took the summer off and was enjoying a better start to the school year for my daughter with ADHD who entered second grade last week when I came across this unfortunate article which […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 06/21/2016 I’ve often wondered if I had something more than postpartum depression and anxiety. I had extreme mood disturbances following the birth of my first daughter. First, I was severely depressed. I was crying all the time and I thought life was over. I’d pick fights with my […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/30/2016 As the debate rages on in Ontario over access to provincially funded Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children with autism over the age of five, let’s not forget about autism’s close cousin, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Though identified up until now as two distinct conditions, […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/20/2016 Sometimes I wonder how I ever got through postpartum depression (PPD) the first time around without Facebook, Google, mommy blogs and my smartphone. That was seven years ago, i.e. the olden days, when everyone didn’t own a smart phone and there weren’t any live online PPD support […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]