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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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If you are at all familiar with the early history of neurology, you have likely heard of Dr. Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne (de Boulogne). Born in Boulogne in 1806 (which is why "de Boulogne" is often added in brackets after his name),... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
There is an urgent need to identify lifestyle activities that reduce functional decline and dementia associated with population aging. A article recently published in Psychological Bulletin reviewed the evidence on the benefits associated with formal volunteering among older adults, propose... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
After 45-year-old Adolfina Ocampos was sentenced to death for sorcery last November in the Paraguayan village of Tahenyi where they lived, she was tortured, submerged under water, and beaten. She was then led to a stake where she was shot... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Why do so many people with heart problems have trouble sticking to a rehabilitation program? Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in most industrialized countries. For people experiencing heart problems, participating in a cardiac rehabilitation(CR) program can... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Visitors to the Californa ghost town once known as Holy City would probably not spend much time exploring the place. Located in an obscure corner of wilderness about ten miles from Los Gatos in the Santa Cruz Mountains, all that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Providentia
An opinion piece published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management discusses the legalization of recreational marijuana in United States. One of the key unknowns in the debate over legalization concerns the relationship between alcohol and marijuana use. Researchers... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at Providentia
As the average lifespan of people in most industrialized countries slowly increases, we are seeing a sharp rise in new cases of dementia. According to World Health Organization forecasts, there are already the equivalent of 7.7 million new dementia patientss... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Providentia
In its latest attack on sexual minorities, the Russian government has formally accused Lena Klimova of "illegal gay propaganda." Klimova is the founder of Children 404, an online support network for LGBT teens, who has come under fire for a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Providentia
Considering the political tensions and violent outbreaks throughout Israel and the Palestinian territories, it is hardly surprising that relations between Israelis and Palestinians is at an all-time low. Surveys show that Israeli-Jews regard Israeli-Palestinians (who are often referred to as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at Providentia
As far as his Edinburgh neighbours were concerned, Major Thomas Weir had a reputation as a devout Calvinist whose constant preaching earned him the nickname of the "Bowhead Saint". According to some sources, people would "forty or fifty miles to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at Providentia
Understanding the spatial distribution of suicide can inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of suicide prevention actions. No previous study has assessed spatial clustering of the different methods of suicide in Quebec. A study recently published in Psychiatry Research assessed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at Providentia
"My wife is expecting a baby in three months, and we had a row when I told [her] not to make such a fuss. When she found out about this project, she told me had to sign up for it,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Providentia
Parents and their children are not always going to agree on who their children decide to marry. Due to different ideas what constitutes a desirable mate, there can be considerable conflict, While most families are able to work through these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Part of the appeal of LSD and newer mind-altering drugs such as mescaline and psilocybin was the promise of "unlocking" inner potential and making people more creative as a result. Robert E. Mogar of San Francisco... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Providentia
When faced with negative life events, people often interpret the events by attributing them to the actions of God or Satan (Lupfer, Tolliver, & Jackson, 1996; Ritzema, 1979). To explore these attributions, a new article published in Psychology of Religion... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2014 at Providentia
Do nonhuman primates (such as chimpanzees and orangutans) have personalities? And how similar are these personality to humans who share an evolutionary history with them? Research looking at personality in humans has identified what is known as the Five-Factor Model... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Providentia
"It is clear that no one is going to return to the imprisoned dissident his youth; to the young woman who has been raped her innocence; to the person who has been tortured his or her integrity. Nobody is going... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at Providentia
Bringing a prospective boyfriend/girlfriend home to meet your parents is often nerve-wracking. What happens if your parents disapprove of who you've chosen to spend your life with? Or, maybe, even worse, what if your parents try to set you up... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Providentia
Can lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) boost creativity? When Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman first synthesized the chemical compound he would name LSD-25 (being the twenty-fifth compound in the series lysergic acid derivatives he was working on), his discovery of its powerful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at Providentia
A study recently published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine sought toto (1) assess the long-term impact of war captivity on mortality and various health aspects and (2) evaluate the potential mediating role of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depressive... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Providentia
Family and friends of Atsumi Yoshikubo are still coming to terms with her bizarre disappearance in what appears to be a well-planned suicide. The 45-year-old Yoshikubo checked into the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife in Canada's Northwest Territories on October 15.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Providentia
Over the past few decades, we've seen a rise in different interactive technologies and new ways of using them to treat various mental problems. Among other things, this includes online, computer-based, and even virtual reality approaches to cognitive-behavioural therapy. But... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Though dozens of cases invoking the "unwritten law" would be heard in American courts by the end of the 19th century, homicidal jealousy was limited to men. Any woman committing murder under similar circumstances would be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at Providentia
A research study published in the journal Psychiatry Research looked at the deaths of 98 victims of suicide in Tel Aviv, Israel between the years 2007 and 2010. This was done by examining background features and clinical characteristics among suicide... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at Providentia
From Mount Sinai to the Oracle at Delphi, the history of religion is filled with examples of "special places" where ancient peoples could receive messages from their gods. But could acoustic theory provide clues about the way sound and geology... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at Providentia