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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 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 yesterday 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 2 days ago 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 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
Violence is a leading cause of injury among youth 15–24 years and is frequently associated with drug use. To inform optimal violence interventions, it is critical to understand the baseline characteristics and intent to retaliate of drug-using, assault-injured (AI) youth... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at Providentia
In 1955, there were 560,000 patients in psychiatric hospital across the United States. Today, there are only 45,000. Since the U.S. population has doubled over that same time period, that means that the number of hospital beds for mental patients... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Providentia
Couples making the transition to parenthood often describe it being one of the most joyous, exhausting, life-changing experiences of their lives. Still, becoming a first-time parent can have a dramatic impact on many people, both in terms of the stress... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Providentia
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Continued from Part One In 1941, the prospect of curing mental patients with a simple brain operation must have seemed like the answer to the prayers of parents such as Rose and Joseph Kennedy. Unfortunately, the reality was far more... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Providentia
Contined from Part 1 On May 26, 1947, an article by freelance writer Mildred Brady was published in The New Republic. Titled "The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich", Brady's somewhat shrill article was subtitled "The man who blames both neuroses... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Providentia
A study recently published in the journal Laterality: Asymmetries of Body, Brain and Cognition analysed left-handed children treated in an urban mental health clinic to investigate the frequency and severity of psychiatric disorders compared to right-handed peers. Data on handedness,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at Providentia
While we all experience sensations that something we are currently experiencing appears familiar, these feeling, these "deja vu" moments rarely last long. But what would it be like to be trapped in a chronic cycle of deja vu that never... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at Providentia
Have you ever shown up for work even when you were sick? Though it is becoming increasingly common for workplaces to allow employees to take a certain number of days off each year if they're ill, many workers are still... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2015 at Providentia
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When Rosemary Kennedy died of natural causes on January 7, 2005 at the age of 86, it marked the end to a long and tragic life that was all the more heartbreaking since it began with such promise. Born in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Providentia
Wilhelm Reich always had a problem with authority figures as the lengthy FBI file on him demonstrates. In 2000, the FBI released 789 pages of the extensive file that had been built up on Reich over the years. The file... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Providentia
The fact that individuals with mental health problems are significantly overrepresented in the justice system is a significant concern for public policy and practice. Psychology research examining mental health and risk for criminal offending can be broadly categorized into 2... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2015 at Providentia
Are you part of the sandwich generation (link is external)? One of the burdens assumed by adult children is caring for their aging parents while dealing with their own children at the same time. According to Pew Research Center, about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Providentia
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Continued from Part Two It was during his sanity hearing that the lawyer for "Felix Somers" argued that his client was perfectly sane and that there had been no reason to commit him to an asylum. Though Doctor Baldric became... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at Providentia
The purpose of a study published in Developmental Psychology was to examine associations between mothers’ socialization practices in childhood and adolescence and offsprings’ (N = 32, 16 female) sympathy/concern in early adulthood. Mothers reported on their socialization practices and beliefs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Providentia