A Mom With Postpartum Depression Asked For Help. Her Nurse Called The Cops

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/22/2018   It's every mom with postpartum depression's worst nightmare: seeking help only to have children's aid called, or worse, the cops. And that's what happened to Jessica Porten of Sacramento, California this past weekend. "I thought it was very excessive, but I was told that the ER was where … Continue reading A Mom With Postpartum Depression Asked For Help. Her Nurse Called The Cops

Canada Is Lagging On Perinatal Depression Screening, Advocates Say

"Women in Canada are getting the short straw, time and time again." The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/22/2018 When Tara Mandarano of Richmond Hill, Ont., was five months pregnant, she gathered up the courage to tell her ob-gyn that she was feeling "incredibly anxious" all the time. She was embarrassed to mention it, she said, … Continue reading Canada Is Lagging On Perinatal Depression Screening, Advocates Say

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

Ontario’s New Psychotherapy Funding Still Doesn’t Address Some Big Issues

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 People who need help already languish on wait lists, and that may not change. We've come to the end of another Mental Illness Awareness Week, the time of year when government suddenly finds the money and resources for programs and initiatives long overdue which they announce with great fanfare and … Continue reading Ontario’s New Psychotherapy Funding Still Doesn’t Address Some Big Issues

Why Online Therapy For Postpartum Depression Is Gaining Momentum

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 When Connie Chow of Edmonton, Alta., couldn't access a therapist to help her through postpartum depression, her husband suggested she try online therapy. "I was isolating myself," recalls Chow. "He noticed that I didn't want to leave the house with the baby and that I would worry or fixate … Continue reading Why Online Therapy For Postpartum Depression Is Gaining Momentum

Online Therapy For Postpartum Depression Makes The Most Sense

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/17/2017 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. That's why I think online therapy for … Continue reading Online Therapy For Postpartum Depression Makes The Most Sense

A Massive Postpartum Depression Study Has Just Opened In Canada

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 04/27/2017 Postpartum depression is a global problem, and that's never been more apparent. Today, Canada joins the U.S. and Australia in the largest international postpartum depression (PPD) study to date that’s using smartphones and ‘spit kits’ to collect data and DNA samples from women who have suffered from … Continue reading A Massive Postpartum Depression Study Has Just Opened In Canada

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