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Patricia Tomasi

Patricia Tomasi is a mom, maternal mental health advocate, journalist, and speaker. She writes regularly for the Huffington Post Canada, focusing primarily on maternal mental health after suffering from severe postpartum anxiety twice. You can find her Huffington Post biography here. Patricia is also a Patient Expert Advisor for the North American-based, Maternal Mental Health Research Collective and is the founder of the online peer support group - Facebook Postpartum Depression & Anxiety Support Group - with over 1500 members worldwide. Blog: www.patriciatomasiblog.wordpress.com
Email: tomasi.patricia@gmail.com


April 16, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Texting Helps Kids Talk About Abuse According To New Study

April 16, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

kid texting child abuse
A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that children are able to communicate that they’ve been abused via text message, often within the very first message sent. “We were surprised,” study author Laura Schwab-Reese told us. “We didn’t expect kids to be willing to be so open about their experiences.” [More]

April 9, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Electroconvulsive Therapy Should Treat Severe Depression Says New Study

April 9, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

depression ect
“Depression is a common and debilitating illness,” study author Julian Mutz told us. “Treatments including psychotherapy and drugs are effective but do not work for every patient and some patients experience undesired side effects. As such, there is a need to further develop new treatments, especially for patients who do not respond to drugs.” [More]

April 2, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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The Very Thought Of Coffee Can Perk You Up According To New Research

April 2, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

coffee thinking
Can’t get going without your cup of joe in the morning? You’re not alone. Among all beverages, coffee is the world’s 4th most popular. Many turn to coffee for a lift when feeling low but turns out, just thinking of coffee can give you the same mental and physical effects without ever having had coffee. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Consciousness and Cognition which found that after thinking about coffee, people started planning to do tasks sooner, and in general thought about more specific, detailed aspects of their lives. [More]

March 26, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Depression Guide Puts Knowledge And Power Back Into The Hands Of The Patient

March 26, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

patient empowerment
According to the World Health Organization, patients should have the knowledge and skills to understand options being provided to them by their healthcare providers. This is what’s called “patient empowerment”, or “patient-centered care”, a move by healthcare policy makers around the world to allow greater control by patients over their own healthcare. To that end, patients and healthcare providers have converged in Canada to create the award-winning CHOICE-D guide for patients suffering from depression. [More]

March 19, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Racism Prevents Black People From Seeking Mental Health Care According To New Study

March 19, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

mental health black african american
A new study looking at barriers to mental health services among Blacks/African Americans in the hopes of finding ways to remove these barriers has found that Black people/African Americans with a college education do not seek mental healthcare even when they think they should. “Being Black is not the problem just as race is not the problem,” study author Sirry M. Alang told us. “It is racism that is the problem.” [More]

March 12, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Happy Parents, Happy Kids? Depends On How Much Support Parents Get

March 12, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

happy parents happy kids
If happy parents make happy kids, as the science tells us it does, then how do we ensure parents are happy? “Economic anxiety is a big piece of the puzzle,” parenting expert and author, Ann Douglas told us. “Given the high cost of housing, childcare, post-secondary education, and all the other assorted expenses that go along with raising a child, she says it’s hardly surprising that parents are spending a lot of time worrying about how they’re going to pay the bills.” [More]

March 5, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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LGBQ Teens At Increased Risk Of Depression According To New Study

March 5, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

lgbq depression
According to a new study published in the Lancet, adolescents who identified as sexual minorities (LGBQ - lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning) at 16 years of age were at an increased risk of depression compared to heterosexuals from very early on in adolescence, even as young as ten years of age. The results of the study point to potential mental-health problems before a teen’s conscious identification of their sexual orientation. [More]

February 26, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

new mom scary thoughts

Do Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts? Postpartum Expert’s New Book Weighs In On Little-Known Maternal Mental Illness Symptom

February 26, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

new mom scary thoughts
“Despite recent attention to postpartum depression and anxiety, women continue to be silenced by the taboo against expressing negative feelings and thoughts about being a mother,” Karen Kleiman told us. Kleiman is a postpartum expert and author of the new book, Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Moms. “We have discovered, however, that when women find a safe place/person to disclose their unwanted and often intrusive thoughts, this decreases their anxiety, thus, helping them feel better.” [More]