Patricia Tomasi
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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.

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Entries by Patricia Tomasi

'13 Reasons Why' Isn't Safe For Me Or Anyone With Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2017 | 2:48 PM

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.

13 reasons why

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B.C. May Finally Identify ADHD As A Learning Disorder

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2017 | 3:01 PM

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 Services Manual," says...

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Just Another Day In The Life Of An Anxiety Disorder

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2017 | 3:13 PM

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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...

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12 Days Of Dos And Don'ts For A Happy Holidays With ADHD

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2016 | 12:04 PM

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 your child stand...

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Ontario's Psychologists Can Help Reduce Wait Lists For Children

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2016 | 5:13 AM

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 Knowledge Exchange Manager...

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Every School Should Have Pedal Desks For Kids With ADHD

(23) Comments | Posted November 28, 2016 | 7:58 AM

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...

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Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its Kind

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2016 | 7:23 AM

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 disorder...

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Ontario Is Failing To Quickly Treat Children With ADHD

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2016 | 1:33 PM

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 that your daughter...

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ADHD Is Real (And Not A Result Of Bad Parenting)

(6) Comments | Posted September 13, 2016 | 11:13 AM

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 got...

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Did I Actually Have Bipolar Postpartum Depression?

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 4:55 PM

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 husband daily...

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ADHD Deserves More Respect, Recognition And Resources

(9) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 8:54 AM

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, autism and ADHD...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 11:47 AM

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....

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A Mental Ward Is No Place For Moms With Postpartum Depression

(1) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 10:55 AM

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 fantasized about...

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I Dream Of A Day All Mothers Are Entitled To PPD Rehab

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 2:43 PM

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 my doorstep...

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Canada Needs To Prioritize A National Postpartum Depression Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 10:33 AM

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 medical system for...

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Canada May Take Part In Largest Postpartum Depression Study

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 12:17 PM

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.


"Canada is hopefully coming soon," says Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, director of the perinatal psychiatry program at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Center for...

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Homegrown Mom Group Helps Combat Postpartum Depression

(1) Comments | Posted March 11, 2016 | 1:13 PM

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.

Jane suffered from...

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ADHD Symptoms: This Disorder Can Look Very Different In Girls

(156) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 10:34 AM


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...

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Postpartum Depression Isn't Normal, It's Complicated

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2016 | 10:53 AM

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...

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#MeditateOnThis: Twitter Campaign Shares Postpartum Depression Facts

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 10:23 AM

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 Stone, founder of...

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