Ignore the hype about epidurals — we still don’t know what causes postpartum depression

CBC News | By Patricia Tomasi 11/22/2016 An unpublished study suggests that epidurals “may” help reduce PPD in “some” women It's time to set the record straight: labour pain and epidurals do not cause or prevent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 … Continue reading Ignore the hype about epidurals — we still don’t know what causes postpartum depression

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

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?

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

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?