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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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1865 was a very bad year for Ignaz Semmelweiss. He had been hounded out of his position at Vienna General Hospital over the radical notion that doctors were causing deaths by refusing to wash their hands when treating mothers in... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Providentia
The majority of people experiencing mental-health problems do not seek help, and the stigma of mental illness is considered a major barrier to seeking appropriate treatment. More targeted interventions (e.g. at the workplace) seem to be a promising and necessary... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
In June 2014, Margaret Evans, a 69-year-old hairdresser was found brutally murdered in her home in Portstewart, Northern Ireland. Known as "Margo" to friends and customers, Margaret Evans had run the Madam Margo beauty salon in Portstewart for decades before... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
On January 12, 1906, the body of an attractive woman was found lying face downward in a large yard located near Belden Avenue on the outskirts of Chicago. Half covered by trash, it had been dumped onto a refuse heap.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Continued from Part One Long after the end of World War I, Field Marshall Douglas Haig remains a controversial figure. As Commander-in-chief of the British Expeditionary Force during some of the most intense battles of the war, his military decisions... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Preterm birth at very low birth weight (VLBW) poses a risk for cerebellar abnormalities and increased psychiatric morbidity compared with reference populations. A new study published in the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health examines cerebellar volumes (grey... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Providentia
When author Marlon James was in his thirties, he desperately sought help from his pastors to help him "cure" his sexual orientation. Growing up in Jamaica, which is widely recognized as being one of the most dangerous places in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One When the trial of Adelaide Bartlett and George Dyson opened on April 12, 1886, it was an immediate media sensation considering the lurid details. Not only was Adelaide accused of poisoning her husband with a fatal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Providentia
As part of the awareness campaign surrounding National PTSD Awareness Month, I am rerunning this two-part post that I first posted in 2007. The "Great War" that raged from 1914 to 1918 added a new dimension to warfare with modern... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Providentia
In August 2014, Iowa State Assemblyman Henry Rayhons was formally charged with felony sexual abuse. The 79-year-0ld politician's crime? Allegedly having sex with his second wife Donna, who was then a patient in a special care facility for people with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Providentia
Telephone-administered cognitive behavioural therapy (T-CBT) has attracted international recognition as a potential means of providing effective psychological treatment whilst simultaneously lowering costs, maximizing service efficiency and improving patient access to care. A lack of rigorous exploration of therapist perspectives means... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at Providentia
The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) have announced that June is PTSD Awareness Month. To help promote greater awareness of the complex issues surround posttraumatic stress, the United States Senate has also... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2016 at Providentia
When Adelaide Bartlett discovered the body of her husband in their stylish residence in the heart of London on the morning of January 1, 1886, she immediately dispatched the maid to fetch the doctor. On hearing the news of Thomas... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at Providentia
The publication of Richard Krafft-Ebbing's masterwork Psychopathia Sexualis in 1886 represented a landmark in thinking about human sexuality and the bizarre forms that it can take. In addition to describing different types of sexual expression that the author regarded as... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at Providentia
Optimal stimulation theory and moderate brain arousal (MBA) model hypothesize that extra-task stimulation (e.g. white noise) could improve cognitive functions of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A new study published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Functions explores the benefits... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2016 at Providentia
For Clement Dayile, the decision to stop giving sermons to his congregation is a matter of simple survival. A pastor at the Christ Citadel Church in southern Malawi, Dayile fears that being an albino may make him a target given... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part Two Though the Kelloggs had originally planned for a five-year study, the research project came to an abrupt end when they realized that Donald was being adversely affected by being raised along with Gua Not only did... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Providentia
Perinatal depression is a public health problem in low and middle income countries. Although effective psychosocial interventions exist, a major limitation to their scale up is the scarcity of mental health professionals. A new study published in the International Journal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Providentia
Are children who grow up in cities more vulnerable to developing mental illness later in life? A new research study by a team of British and American researchers suggests a strong link between urban living and schizophrenia. The study, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Providentia
"Several children from different classrooms fainted at the same time. I got nauseous and started vomiting. I heard voices. A man in black chased me and wanted to touch me." With these words, provided in an interview with local media... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Raising an infant chimpanzee the human way is not an easy thing to do. Aside from Gua's fondness for insects, flowers, and whatever else she could stick in her mouth, she was also much more active... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Providentia
Anonymity has been considered one of the constructs that differentiate traditional bullying from cyberbullying; however, few published studies have actually tested how and why anonymity influences cyberbullying behavior longitudinally. In a new study in the journal Psychology of Popular Media... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Providentia
On April 30, Nikil Joarder, a Hindu tailor, was hacked to death while sitting outside his shop in central Bangladesh. Joarder, who was in his early 50s, had been arrested in 2012 for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Islam though... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at Providentia
Is it possible to teach a chimpanzee how to communicate? With stories of "feral children" being reported in India and the popularity of books such as Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes, the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at Providentia
Formed through an presidential order on June 13, 1942, the United States Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was intended to replace the intelligence gathering operations run by different military and executive departments with a single, centralized operation to aid the... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at Providentia