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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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Legislative actions like HB2 and the discriminatory policy in Gloucester County, Virginia have powerful effects which reach far beyond those who are specifically targeted by their verbiage. As a new article in the High School Journal points out, these policies... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at Providentia
On April 6, 2016, Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez woke up with severe pain in her back and went to the communal outhouse. After losing nearly two liters of blood, her mother took her to hospital for treatment. As she was recovering,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett What makes conspiracy theories so appealing? Whether we are talking about bout 9/11 being an inside job, the moon landings being faked, JFK's assassination being ordered... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
On December 24, 1855, a 37-year-old factory worker named Justus Washington Matthews, believing himself to be possessed by an evil spirit, agreed to have the spirit driven out of him by members of the religious sect to which he belonged.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
To assess the association of probiotics with depression, a large population-based cross-sectional study was conducted. The study results, which were recently published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, used National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey adult participants from... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Police continue to investigate after two people jumped to their deaths from a Manhattan office building at 5:45 am on July 28. The couple was identified as 53-year-old Glenn Scarpelli and his 50-year-old wife Patricia Colant. Scarpelli was a well-known... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Providentia
"Once someone has reached an IQ of somewhere around 120, having additional IQ points doesn’t seem to translate into any measurable real-world advantage.” Malcolm Gladwell "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Providentia
When six-month-old Tyler Shanabarger was found dead in his crib on June 20, 1999, the doctors conducting an autopsy on the body concluded that he had been a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Though Tyler's mother Amy was devastated... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2017 at Providentia
According to Algonquian folklore, a wendigo (also spelled windigo) is a carnivorous spirit or demon that often possessed or transformed humans. The legends described them as monstrous creatures that feasted on unwary travelers. Once a human became a wendigo, they... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2017 at Providentia
Given that post-traumatic headache is one of the most prevalent and long-lasting post-concussion sequelae, causes significant morbidity, and might be associated with slower neurocognitive recovery, a new study in the Journal of Headache and Pain evaluates the use of concussion... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Providentia
On July 18, 2916, Zahra, a fourteen-year-old girl was burned to death by her husband's family. According to her father, her in-laws had stabbed and beaten her over her refusal to work in the family opium fields due to being... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Providentia
When stories about the Fox sisters of New York state and the mysterious "rappings" that allowed them to communicate with spirits first came out in the late 1840s, it sparked a spiritualism craze around the world. Never mind that the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Providentia
Past research on the effects of work engagement on the family has demonstrated contrasting effects, with some suggesting that work engagement is beneficial for family life whereas others suggesting that it may be detrimental. In a new study published in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Providentia
How many times do you check your smartphone in the course of an average day? While being able to talk, share pictures, or text with virtually anybody in the world has transformed modern life in ways we are just beginning... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Providentia
With more than 50 million sufferers worldwide, a number that is expected to double in the next twenty years, dementia has already become a major health problem and is expected to grow far worse in time. While Alzheimer's Disease remains... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Providentia
From the day she was born, Ann Cooper Hewitt's life consisted of one legal battle after another. Born in 1914 from an extramarital affair between millionaire inventor Peter Cooper Hewitt and Maryon Bruguiere (later Maryon Bruguiere Hewitt D'Erlanger McCarter), it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Providentia
In a new article published in the journal Canadian Psychology, authors presented the results of a meta-analysis synthesizing the available research on the family of studies belonging to the Cool Kids Program, a cognitive–behavioral intervention for anxiety disorders in youth,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Providentia
What is an addiction exactly? While sources such as Wikipedia define addiction as "a brain disorder characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences", this description, while useful enough when talking about drug or alcohol addiction, can become... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Providentia
A new report by Theos, a Christian think tank based in the U.K., warns that the "booming industry" in exorcisms is putting people with real mental health problems at risk. This rise in new exorcisms is being driven by "... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part Two After being formally indicted for his role in the dry good store robbery, not to mention the murder of Frederick Mirick, Edward Rulloff finally went on trial in the Broome County courthouse in early 1871. Thousands... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2017 at Providentia
A new research study published in the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology examined the impact of voice-based interactions using 3 different intelligent personal assistants (Apple’s Siri, Google’s Google Now for Android phones, and Microsoft’s Cortana) on the cognitive workload of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2017 at Providentia
If you ask most people about their earliest memory,you will typically hear about some memorable event taking place around the age three or four. Often known as infantile or childhood amnesia, this inability to recall events taking place during the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Providentia
While previous research suggests that cognitive training can help older adults stay mentally active and delay potential memory decline, there is still considerable controversy relating to the many "brain training" apps that have been released in recent years. Even though... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part One As soon as Edward Rulloff arrived in the Tompkins County jail to stand trial for the murder of his wife, the district attorney knew his case was doomed to fail. Not only had no body ever... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2017 at Providentia
Recent years have brought a growing social and public commitment to the promotion of children’s rights and children’s well-being around the world, and these have become important goals of all those striving to improve children’s lives. In spite of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at Providentia