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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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In 1976, the California Supreme Court ruled that psychotherapists have a duty to protect potential victims if their patients made threats or otherwise behaved as if they presented a "serious danger of violence to another." In ruling on the case... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Providentia
“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” While the famous lines by... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Experiencing memories of past lives is anomalous in Western culture. Such experiences may signify an overinclusive cognitive style, associated with creative ability. Accordingly, are reports of past life memory (PLM) associated with creativity? Is PLM associated with measures of overinclusiveness?... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
When two-year-old Maxim Kichigin was adopted out of an orphanage in Russia's far east in 2012, it should have marked the beginning of a new life for him. Instead, the boy, whose name had been changed to Maxim Maravalle, was... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Several new studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference recently held in Copenhagen, Denmark suggest that lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer's Disease. According to a Finnish study, two years of exercise, diet,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
A Florida man who was released last year from a Nebraska psychiatric hospital is now suing the hospital and staff for $22 million due to the misdiagnosis that kept him hospitalized for 20 years. John Maxwell Montin, 52, was arrested... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Continued from Part One At a special session of the Supreme Court on January 1880, a sanity hearing was held and several medical experts argued that Freeman was fit to stand trial. John Davis Long, who was governor of Massachusetts... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at Providentia
A study published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture examines the past 2 decades of mainstream magazine coverage of child abuse in American magazines, connects it to a broader historical and social context, and theorizes that analyzing these stories is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at Providentia
While there is no question that opioid dependence is becoming a major problem, new research is also showing a rise in opioid-related deaths as well. Along with prescription drug abuse, opioids being sold as street drugs, and patients who doctor-shop... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Providentia
Imagine you're at a roulette table in Las Vegas. You've been having an amazing run of luck (yes, it does happen on occasion). After winning five times in a row using a can't-fail new system, do you become convinced that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at Providentia
On May 1, 1879, Charles F. Freeman plunged a knife into his five-year-old daughter, Edith, apparently believing that it was God's will. As his wife would later testify, he then walked the room with her dead body as he prayed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Providentia
A study published recently in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry examined characteristics and profiles of youth receiving services in 1 of Florida’s Medicaid-funded residential mental health treatment programs—State Inpatient Psychiatric Program (SIPP)—between July 1, 2004, and June 30, 2008 (N... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Providentia
In a recent news conference over the ongoing kidnapping crisis in Nigeria, the national chairman of the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA) has stated that at least seven parents of kidnapped girls have died due to trauma. According to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Providentia
While the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder in 1973, a coalition of professional groups are calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to do the same with its own list of medical conditions. Used as a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Providentia
For the most part, disparagement humour, i.e., jokes intended to put down people based on their membership in a marginalized group, is considered offensive. Usually based on stereotypes reflecting attitudes about "the other", eg., people "not like us", these jokes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Providentia
Continued from Part One For Gesell, "filling the gaps" involved drawing on his own extensive research with other children to explain Kamala's abnormal development. He even made numerous comparisons to Mowgli and his relationship with the "Mother Wolf" to describe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Providentia
Research investigating how secondary traumatic stress impacts those who work in the field of child exploitation is in its early stages. In recent study published in Traumatology, researchers investigated how attempts to cope with secondary traumatic stress vary between investigators... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Providentia
Though an estimated $3B U.S. is spent each year by the U.S. government for treatment programming to deal with PTSD in soldiers and veterans, a new Institute of Medicine report raises disturbing questions about the effectiveness of these programs. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Providentia
Freddie Lee Hall has been on Florida's Death Row for the past 36 years. Sentenced to death on June 27, 1978 for a brutal double-murder, the 69-year-old Hall has exhausted decades of legal appeals relating to his mental capacity at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Providentia
On October 22, 1926, the New York Times ran a memorable headline on the bottom of the front page: "2 Little Wolf Girls in "Den" With Wolf Cubs; Rescued, 1 Dies; 1 is Humanized Slowly." According to the story, which... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Providentia
Although work is a core part of life, the direction of influence from personality to work has typically been conceived as only unidirectional. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology aims to contribute to the literature by considering... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Providentia
With the alarming rise in new dementia cases worldwide, there is a critical shortage in long-term care beds and trained professionals to provide care. Since many of these dementia patients and their families live in remote rural areas, patients and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Providentia
What happens when you are betrayed by someone close to you? For a child dealing with sexual abuse or a spouse dealing with domestic abuse, the trauma becomes far worse when it involves someone with whom they share an intimate... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Providentia
There seems little doubt that the hardy cannabis sativa plant was a major agricultural crop for much of its early history. Widely cultivated across much of Europe due to the need for strong cloth and industrial rope, Great Britain's navies... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Providentia
Imagine yourself walking down a street in New Delhi and suddenly hearing a woman screaming from inside a white van with black-out windows. Do you stop and try to help or just ignore it? In a shocking new video posted... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Providentia