CBC News | By Patricia Tomasi 11/22/2016 An unpublished study suggests that epidurals “may” help reduce PPD in “some” women It’s time to set the record straight: labour pain and epidurals do not cause or prevent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 […]

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 […]

Canada.com  |  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 […]