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Patricia Tomasi

Mental Health Writer

Patricia Tomasi is a former broadcast journalist with <em> CFRB, CBC, CTV</em>, and <em>Global TV</em> in Toronto, Vancouver, Timmins, and Thunder Bay. She also spent a decade as a communications and media relations officer for the <em>Ontario Ministry of Transportation</em> and the <em>Office of the Ombudsman of Ontario</em>. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> Join Patricia's Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Facebook Support Group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/outoftheblueppd/ <br> <br> How to contact Patricia: <br> <br> Blog: <a href="http://www.patriciatomasiblog.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow">www.patriciatomasiblog.wordpress.com</a> <br> Email: <a href="http://tomasi.patricia@gmail.com" rel="nofollow">tomasi.patricia@gmail.com</a> <br> Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/PatriciaVTomasi" rel="nofollow">https://twitter.com/PatriciaVTomasi</a> <br> Facebook: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaVTomasi/" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/PatriciaVTomasi/</a> <br> Instagram: <a href="https://www.instagram.com/patriciavtomasi/" rel="nofollow">https://www.instagram.com/patriciavtomasi/</a>
Just Another Day In The Life Of An Anxiety

Just Another Day In The Life Of An Anxiety Disorder

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.
01/19/2017 04:13 EST
12 Days Of Dos And Don'ts For A Happy Holidays With

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

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.
12/14/2016 01:04 EST
Ontario's Psychologists Can Help Reduce Wait Lists For

Ontario's Psychologists Can Help Reduce Wait Lists For Children

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.
12/01/2016 06:13 EST
Every School Should Have Pedal Desks For Kids With

Every School Should Have Pedal Desks For Kids With ADHD

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.
11/28/2016 03:55 EST
Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its

Study On Pregnancy And Antidepressants Is First Of Its Kind

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.
11/18/2016 08:23 EST
Ontario Is Failing To Quickly Treat Children With

Ontario Is Failing To Quickly Treat Children With ADHD

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.
10/21/2016 01:33 EDT
ADHD Is Real (And Not A Result Of Bad

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

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.
09/13/2016 11:13 EDT
Did I Actually Have Bipolar Postpartum

Did I Actually Have Bipolar Postpartum Depression?

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.
06/21/2016 04:55 EDT
ADHD Deserves More Respect, Recognition And

ADHD Deserves More Respect, Recognition And Resources

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).
05/30/2016 08:54 EDT
I'm No Longer Alone In My Postpartum

I'm No Longer Alone In My Postpartum Depression

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.
05/20/2016 11:47 EDT
A Mental Ward Is No Place For Moms With Postpartum

A Mental Ward Is No Place For Moms With Postpartum Depression

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.
05/17/2016 10:55 EDT
I Dream Of A Day All Mothers Are Entitled To PPD

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

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."
05/13/2016 02:43 EDT
Canada May Take Part In Largest Postpartum Depression

Canada May Take Part In Largest Postpartum Depression Study

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.
03/23/2016 12:17 EDT
Homegrown Mom Group Helps Combat Postpartum

Homegrown Mom Group Helps Combat Postpartum Depression

"Postpartum women should be encouraged to resist the temptation to isolate themselves, push past their comfort zone and take the risk of making some connections with others who may be in a position to provide valuable support."
03/11/2016 02:13 EST
Postpartum Depression Isn't Normal, It's

Postpartum Depression Isn't Normal, It's Complicated

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, I get livid.
02/11/2016 11:53 EST
#MeditateOnThis: Twitter Campaign Shares Postpartum Depression

#MeditateOnThis: Twitter Campaign Shares Postpartum Depression Facts

Postpartum depression and anxiety are very real and without medication, I wouldn't be here today. Instead of getting properly treated with medication, I chose meditation and became manic. I thought angels were communicating with me, that there were messages and signs in numbers and nature just for me, and that God had blessed with me postpartum depression for a grander mission. I still meditate and practice yoga and love spirituality, but rest assured, I never miss a dose of my postpartum depression medication.
01/28/2016 11:24 EST
Postpartum Depression Awareness Will Make Strides In

Postpartum Depression Awareness Will Make Strides In 2016

While tinsel town continues to generate buzz about PPD with new plot twists and more celebrity confessions, here's hoping that the trend of openness continues in the right direction towards greater awareness and better treatment.
01/11/2016 11:48 EST