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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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Continued from Part One With the stories that were rapidly spreading about his success as a rainmaker, er, I mean, "cloud coaxer," Charles Mallory Hatfield was riding high in 1915 when he was approached by a group of businessmen operating... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Traditionally, since 1994, Juggalos has been used as a term describing fans of the band, The Insane Clown Posse. While individual Juggalos or Juggalettes might have been involved in criminal activities (drug possession, assaults, vandalisms) the group as a whole... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
A Wichita, KS resident charged with first degree murder following a bizarre April 9 homicide insists that God was responsible for her actions. According to Wichita Police, Hilyard contacted 63-year-old Micki Davis and told her to come pick up property... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Well into the 20th century, farmers across the United States depended on favourable weather to ensure good crops and a proper harvest. Considering how common floods and droughts are even today, it's hardly surprising that farmers would have a natural... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2017 at Providentia
Airplane Headache (AH) occurs during flights and often appears as an intense, short lasting headache during take-off or landing. Reports are limited on pathological mechanisms underlying the occurrence of this headache. Proper diagnosis and treatments would benefit from identification of... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at Providentia
For decades, homelessness has been a major health problem that defies easy solutions. Defined by U.S. federal legislation as people who "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence," determining how many homeless people there really are remains a perennial... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at Providentia
In Russia, it's called "Red Button", and thousands of users have already installed it on their Android and iOS phones as insurance against being arrested by pro-Putin forces. According to developer Alexander Litreev, the software in the app allows users... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Providentia
Can using a ouija board lead to murder? And what would a court make of such a defense? You might be surprised... Ouija boards, a.k.a. spirit or talking boards, have a long and somewhat colourful history. While "talking boards" were... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Providentia
A study recent published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry conducted a preliminary examination on cognitive reserve (CR) as a modifier of symptom expression in subjects with autopsy-confirmed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The sample included 25 former professional football players neuropathologically... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Providentia
It's called the "invisibility cloak illusion." We all engage in people-watching whenever we are surrounded by other people. Whether it's a train station, a cocktail party, a line at the bank, a cafe, or just walking down the street, we... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at Providentia
Can a psychoactive substance be used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? A research study released at the recent Psychedelic Science 2017 conference in California suggests that it can. Gaining notoriety as a "party" drug commonly seen at raves, 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Providentia
František Kocžwara (a.k.a. Frantisek Kotzwara) definitely earned his place in the history of classical music with masterworks such as The Battle of Prague and assorted other works. But what he is best remembered for today is the, well, bizarre, nature... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Providentia
It was something that should never have happened in a place like Midland City, Alabama. On January 29, 2013, a 65-year-old Vietnam War veteran named Jimmy Lee Dykes approached a school bus as it was dropping off students after school.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Providentia
Rewards are both “liked” and “wanted,” and those 2 words seem almost interchangeable. However, the brain circuitry that mediates the psychological process of “wanting” a particular reward is dissociable from circuitry that mediates the degree to which it is “liked.”... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at Providentia
“Witch-hunting is like an infectious disease and is slowly spreading to newer areas. Solutions will have to be found to eradicate this evil practice” – Neeva Konwar, National Commission for Women, India. Founded to oppose human rights abuses due to... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part One It's hard to say what inspired Thomas McMonigle to try for a place in medical history. Convicted in 1946 for the murder of 15-year-old Thora Chamberlain, McMonigle was sentenced to death despite his victim's body never... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at Providentia
Human trafficking is maintained within a context of intersecting forms of oppression. Cultural oppression, including racism and ethnic bias, creates additional risk for human trafficking and generates unique challenges for prevention and intervention. According to a new article published in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Providentia
What are the warning signs of too much stress? Answering that question is harder than you might think. Stress can build up in all sorts of ways, whether through major life events (such as losing your job or ending a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at Providentia
A new lawsuit brought against a prominent exorcist/priest alleges that the plaintiff, an unnamed 32-year-old woman, was repeatedly sexually assaulted under the premise that he was ridding her of "demonic infestation." According to the lawsuit, Father Thomas Euteneuer, a former... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2017 at Providentia
When Robert Edwin Cornish graduated from the University of California at Berkeley at the age of 18, no one doubted that the young prodigy had an amazing future ahead of him. And they were right (sort of). The oldest child... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Providentia
Awareness and widespread interest regarding sex trafficking has increased significantly over the last decade. However, research demonstrates little success from well-intended human trafficking “rescue” efforts. In order to increase the capacity for feminist therapists to more effectively serve women and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at Providentia
Terrorism (n) The use of the use of indiscriminate violence to create terror or fear for the purpose of achieving a political, religious, or ideological goal. We've all been affected by terrorism, whether directly or indirectly. Memories of the 9/11... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Providentia
In Kyrgyzstan, it is known as "Ala Kachuu" or kidnapping for marriage. Since Kyrgyzstan became an independent nation in 1991, there has been a boom in bridal kidnappings with woman and girls being abducted from their family homes, sometimes with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at Providentia
According to a new review article published in the journal Psychology, Health, and Medicine, more than one billion children—half of all children in the world—are exposed to violence every year. The violence children are exposed to includes both direct experiences... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Providentia
For all the importance we place on words, whether spoken or written, much of the communicating we do on a regular basis comes through body language. According to pioneering research by Dr. Albert Mehrabian, only seven percent of human communication... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at Providentia