Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its Kind

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 … Continue reading Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its Kind

Ontario Is Failing To Quickly Treat Children With ADHD

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 … Continue reading Ontario Is Failing To Quickly Treat Children With ADHD

ADHD Is Real And Not A Result Of Bad Parenting

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 … Continue reading ADHD Is Real And Not A Result Of Bad Parenting

Did I Actually Have Bipolar Postpartum Depression?

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 … Continue reading Did I Actually Have Bipolar Postpartum Depression?

ADHD Deserves More Respect, Recognition And Resources

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, … Continue reading ADHD Deserves More Respect, Recognition And Resources

In The Digital Age I’m No Longer Alone In My Postpartum Depression

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 … Continue reading In The Digital Age I’m No Longer Alone In My Postpartum Depression

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