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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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Overeating and obesity are associated with impulsivity. In studies among patients with a substance use disorder, impulsivity was found to be associated with substance-related attentional bias. A new study in the journal Health Psychology examined whether obesity, impulsivity and food... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Not long following a controversial announcement by Pope Francis that the devil was "punishing Mexico with criminal violence" to undermine the Christian faith of the Mexican people, an exorcism was quietly carried out in the cathedral of the city of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Continued from Part One Getting help to overcome shyness, introversion, or other barriers to intimacy can be harder than you might think. While parents or friends will be sympathetic, they may not be in a position to offer advice on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
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For Richard Sharpe Shaver, the long odyssey reportedly began in 1932 when he first overheard the secret plotting of the underground race of evil robots he would later call "deros." At the time, Shaver was a 25-year-old welder working in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
It was on a Sunday night in February, 1726 when constables descended on a notorious establishment in Holborn to raid what was then one of the most infamous "molly-houses" in London. Approximately forty patrons were taken into custody. Given the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
In June 2013, Edward Snowden released top-secret intelligence documents that detailed a domestic U.S. spying apparatus. A new article published in the journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice reviews and contends that current APA ethics and record-keeping guidelines, the Health... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at Providentia
On June 10, 77-year-old retired businessman Arabinda De committed suicide by setting himself on fire in the bathroom of his family home in Kolkata, India. After the body was removed, police became concerned about his 44-year-old son Partha De who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2015 at Providentia
Why do so many people have trouble forming long-term intimate relationships? From an evolutionary standpoint, making successful mating choices should be the most natural thing in the world. After all, every human alive today is the product of a long... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Providentia
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Visitors to the Harvard Shaker Historic Village District in Harvard, Massachusetts can still see many of the historically preserved buildings that mark the oldest Shaker settlement in Massachusetts and the second oldest in the United States. Though the property had... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Providentia
Presenteeism refers to the phenomenon whereby employees continue to attend work while unwell. Existing research suggests that presentee workers may suffer consequences to their health and mental strain. In a study published in the International Journal of Stress Management, researchers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Providentia
Dementia can be cruel. For the estimated 747,000 Canadians suffering from various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, even simple activities such as going shopping for food can be an ordeal. While most people with dementia are over the age... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Providentia
Does owning a gun increase the likelihood of suicide? Based on most suicide statistics, the answer appears to be yes. According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicides account for more than 60 percent of all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Providentia
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Continued from Part One In the book that she would later write about her experiences at Kingsley Hall (co-written with her therapist Joseph Berke), Mary Barnes candidly described her experiences with "regression therapy" and how this made her revert to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Providentia
Although we rarely hear about it, children sometimes aggress against their parents. This is a difficult topic to study because abused parents and abusive children are both reluctant to admit the occurrence of child-to-parent aggression. There are very few research... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2015 at Providentia
There seems no question that people with mental disorders aren't getting the help they need. According to statistics by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), while 20 percent of U.S. adults experienced some form of mental illness... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Providentia
How often does your mind wander in an average day? Be honest. It's certainly something that we all do, especially when we're bored or tired. Also known as "task-unrelated thought", mind wandering (link is external) involves the decoupling of our... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2015 at Providentia
For many people diagnosed with schizophrenia, coping with the often-unpredictable course of the disease is a lifelong struggle. Though Mary Barnes was no exception, her amazing story would become an inspiration for countless psychiatric patients around the world. Born in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Providentia
Major Henry Rathbone had it all. Born in 1837 into polite society and inheriting a considerable fortune from his father, he was engaged to Clara Harris (who also happened to be his step-sister through the marriage of his mother to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2015 at Providentia
Assessing suicidality is common in mental health practice and is fundamental to suicide research. Although necessary, there is significant concern that such assessments have unintended harmful consequences. In a new research study published in the journal Psychological Assessment, researchers used... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Providentia
“I’d heard frightening stories about people screaming, contorting and frothing at the mouth when devils were cast out of them but whatever it took to get rid of these terrible thoughts I wanted to do it,” he said. For Anthony... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Providentia
Bullying can occur in many different ways. Though the very definition of bullying (link is external) has a way of changing depending on who is being bullied and how the bullying is taking place, it's typically defined as an abuse... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Providentia
From the earliest beginnings of Christianity, there was no greater religious calling than to become a member of one of the contemplative orders Though many monks and nuns joined conventional abbeys and nunneries where they lived as part of a... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Providentia
While last January 30 may have come and gone without any fanfare, it marked an anniversary of sorts. It was on that day in 1835 that the first assassination attempt on a United States president occurred. Even that in itself... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2015 at Providentia
Cross-sectional studies indicate that dream recall frequency declines with age; longitudinal studies, however, are scarce. A new study reported in the journal Dreaming reported on two online dream studies carried out independently (N = 1,340 completed both surveys) which indicate... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at Providentia
A Michigan woman has filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections over the bizarre death of her son in prison last April. According to attorneys for the plaintiff, Debra Scherbinski, her son, 41-year-old Kenneth Dalstra, died on April... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Providentia