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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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It all began with a daily meeting at a newspaper in Moscow, sometime in the 1920s. The editor was handing out assignments to the various reporters and was annoyed to note that one of the newer reporters had neglected to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Police officers are frequently the first responders to individuals in crisis, but generally receive little training for this role. An article recently published in the journal Crisis evaluates training in suicide awareness and prevention for frontline rail police in the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Paida laijin is a controversial Chinese therapeutic technique in which patients vigorously slap different parts of their bodies. Developed by therapist Xiao Hongchi who claimed he learned the technique from a Taoist monk, the name comes from the Mandarin words... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
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Continued from Part One Despite his reputation being in tatters due to the fraud accusation, R.L.Garner managed to return to Gabon and resume his research. Though he spent most of his time on Gabon's southern coast, he to travel along... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
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The suicide of Robert Stewart, First Marquess of Londonderry on August 12, 1822 probably could have been avoided. Despite a glorious political career including representing England at the Congress of Vienna, he had become increasingly unpopular at home. His reputation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Providentia
We've all dealt with narcissists at some time or another but we usually have the option of walking away if they get too annoying. Usually. Still, the rise of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. has provided... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Providentia
Since its initial release in 1970, the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum has introduced in more than 6,000 schools across 145 counties. Produced by a company based in Texas, the ACE curriculum has come under fire for its emphasis on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Providentia
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When Richard Lynch Garner (more popularly known as R.L. Garner) announced his plan to travel to Africa to do scientific research, he quickly became the butt of numerous jokes and ridicule by scientists. Not only did Garner lack any real... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Providentia
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The arrest of the dashing Captain Leslie Barker on February 28, 1929 seemed routine enough. After the war veteran failed to appear at a bankruptcy hearing in the previous December, a warrant for his arrest was issued for contempt of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Providentia
Cortisol release in a stressful situation can be beneficial for memory encoding and memory consolidation. Stimuli, such as odors, related to the stressful episode may successfully cue memory contents of the stress experience. A new study published in the journal... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Providentia
Is there a right time for a first sexual experience? Despite the controversy surrounding first-time sex, most young people in the United States become sexually active long before they reach adulthood. According to a 2012 research study, look at participants... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Providentia
There's nothing particularly remarkable about its appearance, just a simple white powder that can be sold in bags, capsule, or pill form. And it's also perfectly legal in most jurisdictions despite growing reports of fatalities linked to its use. When... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Providentia
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When Dr. Leo Stanley expressed an opinion about criminal behaviour, people listened. Even as he carried out some of the most outrageous medical experiments in California penal history. As Chief Surgeon at California's San Quentin State Prison from 1913 to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Providentia
On September 8, 1992, Scott Louis Panetti shaved his head, dressed in military fatigues, and drove to his in-laws' Fredericksburg, Texas home where his wife and daughter were staying. After breaking into the home, he shot his wife's parents at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Providentia
Safety plans have been suggested as an intervention for people at risk of suicide. Given the impulsive character of suicidal ideation, a safety plan in the format of a mobile phone application is likely to be more available and useful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Providentia
Can the quality of our relationships play a role in obesity? A new meta-analytic study suggests that it can (at least for adults). Oesity has long been recognized as a major health issue around the world with the overall percentage... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Providentia
It apparently began in mid-October when a 54-year-old caregiver for an elderly woman made a bizarre call to police in North Bend, Oregon at 3 am. She informed them that seven or eight people were "trying to take the roof... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Providentia
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Chagas disease, a.k.a. American trypanosomiasis, is a potentially serious tropical disease affecting millions of people across Mexico, Central, and South America. Estimated to cause over 12,000 deaths a year, the disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and spread... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Providentia
The popularity of reality TV programming exceeds that of any other genre, particularly among young female viewers. Past research suggests a link between viewing reality TV, gender stereotyping, and social aggression among young women, but little is known theoretically about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Providentia
Even for many die-hard fans of the long-running AMC drama, The Walking Dead, the gruesome violence of the Season Seven premiere, including the brutal deaths of two well-liked characters, proved to be too much to handle. According to one fan... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Providentia
A Catholic priest was arrested in Palermo, Sicily on charges that he sexually molested four adult women and a twelve-year-old girl while pretending to rid them of demonic possession. Father Salvatore Anello, aged 59, was arrested at a Capuchin convent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Providentia
The temperamental trait of negative emotionality (NE) plays an important role in maladaptation among adults experiencing significant life stress. However, the prospective relation between childhood NE and subsequent interrelated behavioral, emotional, and biological dysregulation in later life has not yet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Providentia
I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know? Ernest Hemingway Everybody enjoys a good night's sleep. While there are different theories about why we first evolved the need for sleep, it seems... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at Providentia
Auditory hallucinations, i.e., hearing sounds or voices without external input, are often scary, both for the ones with the hallucinations and the people around them. Though these kind of hallucinations were treated with awe and dread in ancient times, more... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One When Madame Monnier was arrested for her role in her daughter's 25-year-imprisonment, she was likely astonished at the angry mobs that had gathered about the prison where she was kept. Considering her former place in Poiters... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2016 at Providentia