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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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While laws protecting children from physical and sexual abuse are taken for granted today in most places, this wasn't always the case. Back in the 19th century for example, the Biblical proscription to "spare the rod and spoil the child"... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at Providentia
The relative importance of individual and country-level factors influencing access to diagnosis and treatment for depression across the world is fairly unknown. A new study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders analysed cross-national data from the WHO World Health... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
In the wake of a new government report into the blatant discrimination faced by LGBT people in the UK, Prime Minister Theresa May has announced a new action plan to ensure their safety. Stating that "we will act so that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Remember some of the nightmares you used to have as a child? According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 75 percent of the general population can remember at least one vivid nightmare from childhood and children between the ages... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2018 at Providentia
The main objective of neurological examination for Parkinson's disease (PD) is to discover premorbid signs of the neurodegenerative disease. This is based on the definition of subclinical motor and non-motor symptoms, while psychological features are frequently neglected. However, the idea... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Providentia
Just got back from 10 days in Cambodia as a volunteer on an Earthwatch archaeological dig there. A great experience topped off by a visit to Angkor Wat and nearby temples. I'll have the pictures up in the gallery on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Providentia
New technologies may profoundly change our way of understanding psychiatric disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Imaging and biomarkers, along with technological and medical informatics developments, might provide an answer regarding at-risk patient’s identification. Recent advances in the concept of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Providentia
Regular blog posts will be disrupted for a little while while I am off in Cambodia for ten days. I am looking forward to the trip and hope to come back with some new stories and other details to share.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at Providentia
It was on the night of December 10, 1986 when emergency services received the call. The voice on the phone, who identified himself as the son of actress Susan Cabot, breathlessly reported that a burglar had entered his mother's Encino,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Providentia
Social anxiety (SA) following traumatic brain injury (TBI) has the potential to affect an individual’s general psychological well-being and social functioning, however little research has explored factors associated with its development. A study published in the journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation used... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2018 at Providentia
Along with the recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, media stories about suicide and suicide prevention have become more common than ever. But a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that high-profile... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Providentia
Electronic (E-) cigarettes are one of the most popular tobacco products used by adolescents today. A new study in the journal Addictive Behaviors examined whether exposure to advertisements in (1) social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest/Google Plus), (2) traditional... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Providentia
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (or simply "Ebola" for short) is one of the deadliest infectious diseases known. With symptoms starting as early as two days following exposure, Ebola has killed up to 90 percent of all those infected and is spread... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Providentia
“Do not seek for the best partner, but seek for the person who makes you a better version of yourself.” Abhijit Naskar Though we tend to think of personality as something fixed and permanent, it does change over time, often... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Providentia
Historiographies on the phenomenon of “autism” display Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger as the great pioneers. The recent controversy on who was first in “discovering” autism urges research into the question of how scientific discoveries relate to processes of academic... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Providentia
The international AIDS conference to be held in Amsterdam on July 23-27 of this year is expected to be the largest conference of its kind in the world. But along with hearing about new initiatives in HIV prevention and the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Providentia
Retirement may be looked upon either as a prolonged holiday or as a rejection, a being thrown on to the scrap-heap. Simone de Beauvoir Retirement can mean different things to different people. Despite being an important life transition for older... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Providentia
Women never had it easy in historical times, but that was especially true for any woman living in the United Kingdom until well into the 19th century. Not only was their right to own property extremely limited but they basically... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Providentia
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is commonly associated with noncognitive behavioral changes (NCBCs). In a study recently published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, researchers systematically reviewed whether neuroimaging has helped with understanding the pathophysiology, diagnosis, or management of NCBCs... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Providentia
Acting on an anonymous tip, members of the Guyana police force and the Guyana Women Miners Organisation (GWMO) raided the North Sophia, Greater Georgetown home that Clement Etwaroo shared with his wife Parbatie Sukhu. To enter the backyard, police had... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Providentia
The picturesque southern French village of Pont Saint Esprit is hardly the place you'd expect anything out of the ordinary to happen. With a population of nearly 11,000 people, the little town takes its name from a historic bridge crossing... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Providentia
"I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived...I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Providentia
Cotard’s syndrome, a condition in which the patient denies his or her own existence or the existence of body parts, is a rare illness that has been reported in association with several neuropsychiatric diagnoses. The majority of published literature on... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Providentia
"First of all, I'm not OK. It took me a while to admit that." In sharing his own experiences of the shooting rampage that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada last year, Jesse Gomez wasn't afraid to describe the trauma... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Providentia
Continued from Part Two Finally, after weeks of hiding in the brush around town, Joseph Dylkes made a semi-public reappearance at the home of one of his followers. While he was naturally suspicious of any strangers, he grew confident enough... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Providentia