Patricia Tomasi is a former broadcast journalist with CFRB, CBC, CTV, and Global TV in Toronto, Vancouver, Timmins, and Thunder Bay. She also spent a decade as a communications and media relations officer for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and the Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario.
Patricia turned to mental health writing after suffering from anxiety and depression, postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression. She's also raising a daughter with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome. As a writer, Patricia is joining the effort of so many to raise awareness and eliminate the stigma of mental illness.
Join Patricia's Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Facebook Support Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/outoftheblueppd/
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.
I'm 40 now, and have supposedly already successfully processed through this stuff. And it STILL triggered me, so I can't imagine how an adolescent with a mental illness would feel while watching this series. Bottom line, if you intend to watch the series, watch it with a friend or better yet, an adult you trust.
I try to stay calm as my heart starts to race and my legs begin to shake. I feel nauseous and I might throw up. It's happening. Right here, right now, at work. A panic attack. My first one happened in my mid-20s. Thought I was dying. It runs in my family. My father has anxiety and panic disorder.
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.
Ontario Auditor General, Bonnie Lysyk recently released her annual report which indicated the number of children and youth hospitalized with mental health concerns increased by 50 per cent since 2009 and that the government spent close to $10 million to send 127 youth to the U.S. for treatment due to a shortage of psychiatrists here.
Pedal desks are the next frontier for ADHD treatment, and with at least 1-3 students with ADHD in each classroom and a move towards bringing more movement into the classroom for all students, pedal desks in the classroom is an idea worth embracing.
I was anxiety-ridden throughout my entire pregnancy and I suffered from awful depression and anxiety after my baby was born. Obviously I should have been on meds throughout my pregnancy, but my OBGYN didn't know I was suffering from perinatal anxiety. I didn't know.
Science has shown therapy to be crucial in the treatment of ADHD. In some cases, therapy has been shown to reduce medication and get rid of it altogether. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends preschool aged children (4-5 years) try therapy first before medication. But due to long wait lists, children with ADHD aren't able to access therapy quick enough in Ontario.
To come across a neighbour or a friend questioning the validity of ADHD today is one thing. Coming across a teacher or a principal lacking knowledge about ADHD today is concerning. But to encounter an article in a prominent publication written by a therapist treating children with ADHD being shared on social media in today's day and age from a so-called expert that dumbs down the etiology of ADHD to a child's own "internal belief system" and the "pampering and coddling" of parents is more than insulting. It's dangerous.
I've never been diagnosed with bipolar disorder but I did have anxiety and depression growing up. And who knows? Maybe I am bipolar too and should have been flagged. Maybe if there were more psychiatrists around to help us make a diagnosis, I would have known sooner and taken preventative steps and not have my postpartum episodes be such a surprise to me and my doctor.
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).
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 groups to access.
I'm not saying we need helicopter rides, but we damn well need more than we have right now. We need screening, monitoring, therapy, child care and home care. And why not add PPD rehab to that list? I can't think of anything better to help moms who are severely suffering than a dedicated facility.
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 my doorstep and out steps Ryan Gosling. "Hey girl," he says. "We're going to PPD rehab."
There is a national crisis when it comes to the proper prevention, diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression and Canada needs a prenatal and postpartum depression strategy now before more mothers (and their families) are left to suffer unnecessarily.
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. The study, administered through a smartphone app, has the potential to change our understanding of PPD on a genetic basis.