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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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A recent paper in Computers in Human Behavior explores the utility of machine learning methods for understanding bullying, a significant social-psychological issue in the United States, through social media data. Machine learning methods were applied to all public mentions of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
It's known as "Sundowner's syndrome," and countless families caring for someone with dementia live in constant fear of it. For reasons that aren't entirely clear, about twenty percent of all dementia patients, most of whom are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
What were you doing when you first heard about what happened on September 11, 2001? It seems as if everyone can describe that horrific moment on hearing about the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center and being... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
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"For heavens sake, catch me before I kill more, I cannot control myself" This was the message scrawled, in lipstick, on the walls of Frances Brown's Chicago apartment when her body was discovered by a cleaning woman on December 10,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Older adults appear to have greater difficulty ignoring distractions during day-to-day activities than younger adults. In a recent paper published in Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, the ability of adults aged between 50 and 80 years to ignore distracting stimuli was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2015 at Providentia
A North Carolina man has been acquitted of killing his four-year-old son in 2010. The verdict was greeted with dismay by family members. According to witnesses, 50-year-old Joseph Anthony Mitchell Mitchell attempted to kill his other two children, 13-year-old Lexi... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Providentia
“Every widow wakes one morning, perhaps after years of pure and unwavering grieving, to realize she slept a good night's sleep, and will be able to eat breakfast, and doesn't hear her husband's ghost all the time, but only some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One With their belief in Dora's messianic message still somewhat unshaken, the Perfectionists announced that George Jacob Schweinfurth would be Dora's successor and that they could see her spirit guiding their affairs. Since the large house now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2015 at Providentia
Youth under 25 show substantial sexual and substance use risk behaviors. One factor associated with risk behaviors is delay discounting, the devaluation of delayed outcomes. A study published in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology determined if delay discounting for sexual outcomes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at Providentia
On February 1 of this year, the owner of a St. Petersburg lesbian nightclub, Infinity, and several of her friends spotted Russian lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on a flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Milonov is a member of the Legislative... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Providentia
Love is universal, or at least it seems to be. Psychology Today Find a Therapist Topics Get Help Magazine Tests Experts Primary tabs View(active tab) Edit Publish Settings Falling Out of Love Do humans have a biological mechanism for ending... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Providentia
If there is one commodity that the United States of America has had an overabundance of in its entire history, it was Messiahs. Consider for example, two of the less-well known Messiahs of the late nineteenth century, Dora Beekman and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at Providentia
Why We Need To Let People in Gaza Know That Their Community Is Waiting to Help Posted: 03/04/2015 2:23 pm EST Updated: 03/04/2015 2:59 pm EST Share 0 Tweet 0 0 Comment 0 Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Providentia
The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified bullying as a serious health risk for adolescents. In today's age of social media and smartphones, this health risk has taken on new forms and extended its reach. Strategies to reduce the prevalence... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at Providentia
A new research study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association- Internal Medicine suggests that prolonged use of certain common medications, including antihistamines and sleep remedies, by older adults increases the risk of developing dementia. Conducted by Dr.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Providentia
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at Providentia
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For nine-year-old Cloretta Robinson, her strange odyssey apparently began on March 17, 1972. Known as "Cocoa" to her friends, she was sitting in her fifth-grade classroom at the Santa Fe Elementary School in Oakland, California when a friend noticed blood... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Providentia
A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences examined whether the Big Five personality factors could predict who thrives or chokes under pressure during decision-making. The effects of the Big Five personality factors on decision-making ability and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at Providentia
It was a sight Officer Mlungisi Landule isn't likely to ever forget. On June 10, 2014, Landule was the first police officer to arrive at a house in Gugulethu township, not far from Cape Town, South Africa, to investigate what... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at Providentia
Ever since John Carpenter's horror classic film, Halloween (link is external) first premiered in 1978, the slasher film has been a familiar staple for horror movie viewers. In the decades that followed, there have been an astonishing number of slasher... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Though the abduction attempt should have ruined him, John Carden found himself a hero instead. The story of his unrequited love for Eleanor and the extreme lengths he had gone to for her sake drew numerous... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Providentia
Since the appearance of Internet, several preoccupations have appeared as a result, with Internet addiction being one of the most common. A new study published in Computers in Human Behavior examined which psychological factors are relevant to explain Internet addiction,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at Providentia
"This is a practice which was abandoned long ago, It was poor judgement. The management on site and the municipality should not have let this happen.” In a blistering report released recently, Lasse Svenstrup Andersen, an official with the local... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Providentia
Losing a Family to Suicide How can someone cope with a parent-child suicide? Post published by Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on Feb 16, 2015 in Media Spotlight SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL Suicide is always devastating for the ones left behind, but... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Providentia
By all accounts, it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, that love was completely one-sided. John Rutter Carden was a 41-year old Irish landowner who had somewhat of a reputation as a ladies man and an eccentric (he once drove... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at Providentia