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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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On July 26, 1980, 32-year-old Eloisa Ballesteros was shot to death as she lay sleeping in her bed. Her killer was her estranged husband, 35-year-old Marcio Stanciolli, with whom she was living in their expensive mansion in Belo Horizonte, Brazil... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at Providentia
Longitudinal research on loneliness in old age has rarely considered loneliness separately for men and women, despite gender differences in life experiences. The objective of this study study published in the journal Aging and Mental Health was to examine the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
A woman posing as a professor of psychology has been jailed for conning prospective students out of almost £8,000 in tuition fees. 52-year-old Jacqueline Crane of Cornwall, U.K. pleaded guilty to charges of fraud, benefit fraud and perverting the course... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Continued from Part One We will likely never know how much heroin Bayer actually produced or how much of a profit they made from this wonder drug of theirs. Some available data suggests that they were producing about a ton... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Natural disasters are associated with catastrophic losses. Disaster survivors return to devastated communities and rebuild homes or relocate permanently, although the long-term psychological consequences are not well understood. In an article published in Aging and Mental Health, the authors examined... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2015 at Providentia
A BC woman convicted in 2012 for the bizarre killing of a family dog and cat has been rearrested for breaching the conditions of her probation. 25-year-old Kayla Bourque has been charged with three counts of violating probation after police... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Here are some more things that have been linked to cancer risk: Physical inactivity About 15 percent of Americans are sedentary (inactive) while an additional 38 to 40 percent fall below recommended guidelines for healthy physical... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Providentia
It seemed like such a good idea. By the late 19th century, the pharmaceutical industry as we know it today was being born. Instead of crude preparations taken directly from plants, chemists were learning to use applied chemical analysis to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Providentia
A study published in the Journal of Psychohistory explored predictions made from Lucille Iremonger's Phaeton theory (1970), which argues that individuals who show exceptional personal achievement in certain fields frequently have experienced childhoods that were marked by parental loss through... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Providentia
A judge in the northern Spanish town of Burgos has ordered the arrest of exorcist Jesus Hernandez Sahagun and a local priest following complaints relating to a series of exorcisms conducted on an underage girl suffering from anorexia. Sahagun, who... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2015 at Providentia
Can lifestyle decisions reduce your risk of developing cancer? According to available statistics, roughly fourteen million people worldwide were newly diagnosed with cancer in 2012 alone. That same year saw about eight million cancer deaths. How many of those deaths... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One After standing up to the brutal interrogation tactics of the Chicago police, William Heirens continued to deny committing the murders. Two police psychiatrists even conducted a sodium pentothal interrogation, again without a warrant, in the hope... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2015 at Providentia
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 Mar 26, 2015 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 Mar 24, 2015 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 Mar 23, 2015 at Providentia
"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 Mar 22, 2015 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