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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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Just thought I'd mention that my latest book, Self-Injury: Your Questions Answered, is now out. Part of the Q&A Health Guides series by Greenwood Press, the book is meant as a readable introduction to the topic of self-injury, especially in... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at Providentia
People in romantic relationships rely on their partners in all sorts of ways. Research has certainly demonstrated that positive social support can be just as important as regular exercise and healthy living in ensuring good health. Not only does emotional... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Much like most countries which actively banned homosexuality in the military until fairly recently, the United States had a history of discharging anyone convicted of such "unbecoming conduct" going all the way back to the American Revolution. Up until fairly... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Diogenes Syndrome (DS) is characterised by extreme self-neglect, domestic squalor, hoarding, social withdrawal, and lack of concern and shame for the individual’s residential situation. A new paper in the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation describes TD who was unable to identify emotional... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
A woman who posed as a victim of the deadly Grenfell Tower fire of June 24, 2017 is currently on trial for multiple charges of fraud. According to prosecutors, Joyce Msokeri, a 47-year-old divorcee, arrived at an emergency centre on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Everyone who knew Murray Hall considered him as being larger than life. A well-known figure in New York''s political arena, not to mention a member of the notorious Tammany Hall political machine, Hall had a colourful career as a professional... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Providentia
Can drug or alcohol use really cause people to become violent? The sheer volume of research looking at substance abuse and criminal behaviour suggests that it does. Certainly, research exploring the link between alcohol, drugs, and aggression dates back decades... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Providentia
As the United States’ prison population has increased in size and aged, the number of older inmates in deteriorating health has grown markedly. In 1984, federal compassionate release laws were established, allowing for the release of inmates given “extraordinary and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Providentia
In South Korea, "feminism" is often considered a taboo topic. With deeply embedded patriarchal and misogynistic attitudes, the mainstream culture is rarely welcoming to women who want to assert their independence. While women's suffrage was introduced in 1948, women's rights... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2018 at Providentia
The advertisement published on July 3, 1835 seemed to say it all: "Joice Heth, a colored woman, formerly belonging to the father of General Washington, and not 161 years old, is exhibiting at Wheeling, Virginia. She has been blind for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Providentia
Between April 2007 and December 2015, the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) screened one million combat veterans for traumatic brain injury (TBI), among 2.6 million deployed during operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND). Since 2007, among those reporting,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Providentia
Though traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been widely recognized as a leading cause of death and disability around the world, there is still considerable controversy about long term consequences. Not only are severe head injuries the leading cause of coma,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Providentia
Within days of a deadly Valentine's day shooting spree at a Florida high school that left seventeen dead and fourteen wounded, police have reported numerous copycat threats against schools across the United States. Many of the threats have focused on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Almost around the same time that he set fire to the warehouse, Santos Godino carried out the first of the three murders he would commit that year. After luring 13-year-old Arturo Laurora to an empty house,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2018 at Providentia
Numerous behavioral studies and a handful of functional neuroimaging studies have reported sex differences in humor. However, no study to date has examined differences in the time-course of brain activity during multistage humor processing between the sexes. In a new... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Providentia
Tandospirone is a selective serotonin agonist used in treating anxiety, depression, and psychosis. A member of the azapirone class of drugs and chemically similar to buspirone and gepirone, it is now being prescribed in China and Japan under the brand... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2018 at Providentia
He is still considered one of the first true serial killers in the history of Argentina, and definitely the most notorious. Born on October 31, 1896, Cayetano Santo Godino was considered "odd" from his birth. Along with being physically stunted... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Providentia
“Imagine that the world had created a new 'dream product' to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce the risk... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2018 at Providentia
The shootings at the Canadian Parliament on October 22, 2014 received international coverage and fueled concerns about terrorism and growing Islamoprejudice. In the wake of this event, two studies (n = 215, n = 492) investigated objective temporal distance, right-wing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Providentia
The Indonesian Health Ministry has recently announced that it is seeking to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder. This move is deemed to be a prelude to plans to criminalize homosexuality and all sex outside of marriage. While the American... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Providentia
“When we are forced to endure what we cannot endure, something breaks inside our minds. That broken-mindedness is commonly called trauma.” ― Macdougall Jo Trauma can occur in many different ways. Whether her it happens through doing a military tour... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Providentia
While you might think psychoauts writing their experiences with recreational drug use are a relatively modern development, they really aren't. Even back in the 19th century, there were always hardy drug pioneers who challenged conventional views about altered states of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Providentia
Recent advances in mobile technology have allowed individuals to engage in sexting (i.e., sharing sexual words and images via technology). Researchers have examined the prevalence and correlates of sexting, but differences in samples and definitions make it difficult to develop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Providentia
According to reports, it all began on December 16, 2017 at Hun Sen Ang Sdok High School in Cambodia's Kampot province. A 17-year-old student named Pen Kunsotheara reported feeling faint. The episode worsened and the ninth-grader felt her hands become... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Providentia
As children grow and mature into healthy adults, a crucial part of their development is learning how to form intimate relationships. Despite the often-awkward first experiences that are a normal part of adolescence and young adulthood, these experiences lay the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Providentia