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Romeo Vitelli
I'm a psychologist in private practice in Toronto and Hamilton. My first book, The Everything Guide To Overcoming PTSD, will be available this June.
Interests: fencing, websurfing, archaeology, travelling and a whole list of other things i can't recall at the moment., gay/lesbian/bisexal/transgender issues, political arguments
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On July 27, 1724, a German farmer named Jurgen Meyer made a bizarre discovery. While working in the fields on a farm just outside the German town of Hamelin, he came across what he first took to be a "naked,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
A study published recently in the journal Victims and Offenders was undertaken to test if precautionary drinking behaviors can be associated with reduced risk of violent victimization. Some studies have shown that these behaviors (e.g. limiting alcohol intake, eating before... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
How busy are you in the course of a normal working day? For many men and women in modern society, the pressure of meeting all the responsibilities at work and at home can be overwhelming. This is largely due to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
While their mother was kept locked in a room, two children were electrocuted by their father and grandfather in a bizarre exorcism. The grandmother reportedly convinced her son to carry out the exorcism due to her reputation for having "divine... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Continued from Part One After Frederick Mors' successful escape from the Hudson River State Hospital in 1916, a police manhunt turned up no trace of him and, after months of investigating, public interest largely died down. In the meantime, World... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2017 at Providentia
Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is proven to attenuate neuropathic pain in rodents. The goal of the study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain was to determine the potential involvement of the Kindlin-1/Wnt-10a signaling pathway during astrocyte activation and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Providentia
How often do you check your smartphone over the course of an average day? And how stressed does this checking leave you feelings? A new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association suggests that our relationship with technology and social... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Providentia
Despite recent media stories about the potentially devastating effect of sports-related concussions on athlete brains, virtually all of them have focused on male athletes. But a new preliminary study scheduled to be presented at an upcoming meeting of the American... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Providentia
It began with a coroner's inquest into eight deaths at a home for the elderly near Yonkers, New York. What emerged was a bizarre tale of madness and murder that, while largely forgotten today, is still fascinating to explore. New... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at Providentia
Early to be, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise - Benjamin Franklin There is a romance about all those who are abroad in the dark hours - Robert Louis Stevenson Researchers have long recognized that many... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Providentia
Studies examining representations of college drinking on social media have almost exclusively focused on Facebook. However, recent research suggests college students may be more influenced by peers' alcohol-related posts on Instagram and Snapchat, two image-based platforms popular among this demographic.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Providentia
"One of the burdens of being a juror is the isolation you have. A juror is the best judge of their own mental health and their own state. With some jurors, it may take longer if they're feeling negative impacts."... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Providentia
On July 5, 1942, two young girls living at the Our Lady of Victories convent in Pascagoula, Mississippi were shocked to see a man climbing out of their bedroom window. One of the girls later reported that she "saw the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2017 at Providentia
Perhaps the world's second-worst crime is boredom; the first is being a bore. Cecil Beaton Boredom, ennui, apathy, doldrums, world-weariness, whatever word we use to describe it, the feeling is all too familiar for everyone. While not that easy to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Providentia
In recent years, the problem of child sex trafficking has become a topic of international discussion and concern. Child sex trafficking can include many forms of commercial sexual exploitation such as prostitution, pornography, and child sex tourism. Children who fall... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Providentia
Despite fears of a looming dementia epidemic as baby boomers enter their retirement years, new research suggests that new dementia cases may have actually declined in recent years. A study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at Providentia
For many seniors, especially for those who are confined to nursing homes,staying mentally and physically active often depends on the emotional support they receive from friends and family. Certainly research has demonstrated the that older adults with strong social networks... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Providentia
Flimflam artists have always been with us. Schemes for extracting money from vulnerable people by playing on their greed, vanity, or other baser instincts are as old as history itself (if not older). Certainly there was no shortage of hucksters... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Providentia
Towards the end of the year 1726, a rather astounding revelation involving a 25-year old maidservant named Mary Toft came out. Married to a journeyman clothing worker and living in Godalming, in Surrey, England, she was described by contemporary sources... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Providentia
Young children are surrounded by fictional media, including books, videos, and games. Often they are expected to learn new information from these explicitly fictional sources, while simultaneously avoiding confusion about what is true in the real world versus what is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Providentia
In Afghanistan, it is called bacha bazi. Though literally meaning "boy play" in Persian, it can apply to a wide range of sexual practices involving an older man (who is usually called a bacha baz) and a younger boy, often... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part Two While hysteria remained at a fever pitch in New Orleans after the murder of Mike Pepitone on October 21, 1919, it would be months before people realized that the Axeman's reign of terror was over. Though... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2017 at Providentia
On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 left Barcelona's El Prat Airport en route to Dusseldorf, Germany. The plane, an Airbus A320-211 carrying 144 passengers and six crew members showed no problems until passing the French coast near Toulon when... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Providentia
In a new study published in the journal Health Communication, a content analysis of media coverage of Michele Bachmann’s erroneous comments that the HPV vaccine causes mental retardation explores the relationship between truth-telling (the presentation of accurate information) and balance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Providentia
Eight years after a horrific incident in which a passenger on a Greyhound bus was decapitated, the man found not criminally responsible for the death has received an absolute discharge. Though he has already been living in the community since... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Providentia