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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 Sunday, July 30, three women living in Kangan Heri village in the Indian state of Delhi reported that an unknown agent, whether human or not, somehow rendered them unconscious and then cut their braids off. The women, who ranged... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at Providentia
The heart was made to be broken - Oscar Wilde Romantic breakups are an inevitable part of living, no matter how painful they can be. Along with eliciting a wide range of emotions, including anger, sadness, and shame, surviving a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Though the town of Wildisbuch in the Swiss parish of Trullikon is hard to find today, it must have seemed to a peaceful place back in the 19th century. That it would become the site of one of the most... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
An article published in the Journal of Behavioral Sciences explores the work of psychologist Gordon Gallup, Jr., during the 1960s and 1970s on mirror self‐recognition in animals. It shows how Gallup tried to integrate the mental “self‐concept” into an otherwise... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Attorneys for an Arkansas scheduled for execution this November are seeking a stay of execution on the grounds that he suffers from a psychotic disorder. Jack Gordon Green, 62, was convicted for killing Sidney Jeffrey Burnett in 1991 following a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
It was initially believed to be one of the worst environmental disasters in New Zealand's history. Or was it? When the cargo ship Good Navigator left Mexico to with a load of potash and other industrial products bound for Sydney,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2017 at Providentia
From the very dawn of the television era, parents have worried about how much time their children spend watching television. But new advances in affordable, electronics and digital devices mean that children are spending more time than ever with their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2017 at Providentia
Preterm birth is associated with an increased risk of adverse neurologic, psychiatric, and cognitive outcomes. The brain circuits involved in processing social information are critical to all of these domains, but little work has been done to examine whether and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Providentia
Preterm birth is associated with an increased risk of adverse neurologic, psychiatric, and cognitive outcomes. The brain circuits involved in processing social information are critical to all of these domains, but little work has been done to examine whether and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Providentia
A veterinary nurse who deliberately poisoned her dog with insulin has been sentenced to community service by a Glasgow court. In what is believed to be the first prosecution of its kind involving a case of Munchausen syndrome by proxy... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Providentia
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It must have seemed like a scene out of a horror novel. When the trading schooner Mary Russell left port out of Cobh Harbour in Cork, Ireland on February 8, 1828, it was meant to be a routine voyage to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2017 at Providentia
Do you have a smartphone? Chances are you do. According to survey results, an estimated 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone. That represents a spectacular jump from 2011 alone when only 35 percent reported owning them. And the numbers... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Providentia
As a new article published in the High School Journal points out, legislative actions like HB2 and the discriminatory policy in Gloucester County, Virginia have powerful effects which reach far beyond those who are specifically targeted by their verbiage. These... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2017 at Providentia
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When Martin Ramirez died in 1963 at the age of 68, he had spent most of his adult life in California psychiatric hospitals. Now, a new retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles is helping to ensure this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Providentia
On the evening of November 25, 1936, Dr. Edwin Katskee gave himself a large injection of cocaine and calmly recorded his observations as the narcotic took effect. While he likely knew that death was imminent, he made no apparent attempt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Providentia
It's hardly a surprise that people who are obese face considerable discrimination. Whether seeking a new job, being in social situations, or applying for health coverage, the bias against overweight men and women can be hard to overcome. Research into... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Providentia
Relationships of some types of childhood maltreatment and suicidal behavior remain controversial and inconclusive. A new meta-analysis published in the Journal of Affective Disorder examines this relationship using studies found through Medline, Embase, PsycINFO and Cochrane library. The results were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Providentia
A prominent exorcist is warning about rosaries being given out by "Illuminati satanists" across the Philippines. Diocese of Novaliches Office of Exorcism (Libera Nox) chief exorcist Ambrosio Nonati Legaspi says that these rosaries often contain hidden symbols that would cause... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at Providentia
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It was one of the great survival stories of the 19th century. That it would be quickly overshadowed by lurid claims of cannibalism also demonstrated how quickly public opinion could be turned by the power of the press. When Lieutenant... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Providentia
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Visitors to the sanitarium on the outskirts of Paris during the early years of the twentieth century would have been struck by her appearance. Living in a special villa on the sanitarium grounds, the elderly woman hardly spoke a word... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Providentia
Given the relatively recent growth in access to heroin and a more permissive atmosphere surrounding its use, new research study in the journal Addictive Behaviors suggests that an increasing number of persons with limited experience and tolerance to opioids would... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Providentia
There is no question that impaired driving is a major public health threat. In the United States alone, impaired driving accounts for more than 12,000 fatalities a year (about 40 percent of all traffic-related fatalities) and well over 250,000 injuries... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Providentia
A German nurse already serving a life sentence for killing two patients is now admitting to an additional 84 murders. 40-year-old Niels Hoegel was convicted in 2015 for killing two elderly patients and the attempted murder of two others under... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Providentia
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As part of my recent trip to Berlin, Germany, I took an extended tour of some of the less well-known memorials to Berlin's often-horrific history. Though Tiergarten is now a lovely wooded park, visitors to Tiergartenstrasse 4 can still see... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Providentia
A paper recently published in the International Journal of Rehabilitation Research investigated the effect of commercial video games (VGs) in physical rehabilitation of motor functions. Several databases were screened (Medline, SAGE Journals Online, and ScienceDirect) using combinations of the following... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Providentia