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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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A Michigan woman has filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections over the bizarre death of her son in prison last April. According to attorneys for the plaintiff, Debra Scherbinski, her son, 41-year-old Kenneth Dalstra, died on April... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Can spending time on social networking sites like Facebook lead to depression? There's no question that Facebook is popular given its 1.23 billion active users in countries around the world. With status updates, chatrooms, personal messaging, and online games, Facebook... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
It all began with a 1991 article in the New England Journal of Medicine. The author, Dr. Timothy Quill, had used this public forum to explain his reasons for assisting a 45-year-old terminally ill leukemia patient, whom he only referred... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
An article recently published in the Journal of Family Psychology reports 2-year outcomes from a cluster randomized, controlled trial of the Early Risers (ER) program implemented as a selective preventive intervention in supportive housing settings for homeless families. Based on... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
For the transgender man identified only as "Jorge", the ordeal began when his girlfriend's mother caught him them together in her home in Ecuador. Shortly afterward, the girlfriend was forcefully abducted and placed in a private rehabilitation hospital offering "behaviour... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Providentia
How much sleep should a teenager be getting at night? The amount of sleep children need is going to change dramatically as they grow older. Up to the age of three months, infants sleep anywhere from ten to eighteen hours... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Some of the available descriptions of James Davenport's bizarre behaviour at his new trial are downright entertaining. According to one new story: "At one point everyone there heard him "vehemently crying out, That he saw hell-flames... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2015 at Providentia
The December, 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of twenty children and six adults shocked the world. The call for greater school safety following this tragedy led to virtually every state legislature in the... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Providentia
In Christmas gift giving, the value of a gift is broadly representative of the strength of the relationship between gift-giver and recipient. In a study published in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, the authors examined the effects of relatedness, social... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Providentia
In any branch of science, being able to replicate any kind of research study, whether it be experimental or observational research, is one of the cornerstones of the scientific method. Though the "soft" scientific research carried out by psychologists or... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2015 at Providentia
While over half of all women in the workplace report experiencing some form of sexual harassment on the job, the issue of sexual harassment of men is starting to get more media attention. According to a recent survey, about one-third... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2015 at Providentia
Evangelism has a long and strange history in the United States, but there were few evangelists who had a more, ahem, colourful career than the Reverend James Davenport. Born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1716, Davenport was part of an extremely... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Providentia
In a study published in the journal Psychological Trauma, researchers examined sociodemographic, persecutor identity, torture, and postmigration variables associated with suicidal ideation in a clinical sample of 267 immigrant survivors of torture who have resettled in New York City. The... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Providentia
When psychiatrist Leo Kanner first described the behavioural syndrome he termed early infantile autism in 1941, the term autistic began being used to describe a wide variety of developmental disorders. With common symptoms such as verbal and non-verbal communication problems,... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2015 at Providentia
Choosing a potential mate, whether for a short-term or long-term relationship, is always tricky. Evolutionary psychologists have carried out numerous studies examining what men and women select for in making this kind of choice. This kind of research usually focused... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Unfortunately for Wallace Reid, actual treatment for drug addiction was still largely hit-or-miss in those days. Many of the clinics that offered drug treatment were run by hucksters offering “cures” that tended to be worse than... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2015 at Providentia
In a research study recently published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the authors proposed that people may gain certain “offensive” and “defensive” advantages for their cherished belief systems (e.g., religious and political views) by including aspects of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Providentia
The Virginia Tech and Columbine High shootings are 2 of the deadliest school massacres in the United States. A study in the journal Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology investigates in a nationally representative sample how White Americans’ causal attributions... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2015 at Providentia
"I had nightmares, flashbacks. I dissociated... Changes in self-perception and hallucinations-those are some of my other symptoms. You are poison, I chanted silently to myself. And your poison is contagious." In her new book, Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Providentia
They called him “the screen’s most perfect lover” and a matinee idol. Though Wallace Reid is largely forgotten today, nobody ever suspected that the scandal surrounding his 1923 drug death would shape the kind of movies Hollywood made about drug... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2015 at Providentia
A study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology examines escalation in repeat suicide attempts from adolescence through adulthood, as predicted by sensitization models (and reflected in increasing intent and lethality with repeat attempts, decreasing amount of time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2015 at Providentia
When "John", a lawyer in his thirties married "Xiaodan" a year ago, they had a traditional Chinese marriage ceremony celebrated by friends and family. But there was one critical difference. Both John and Xiaodan are already in long-term relationships with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2015 at Providentia
"So many books, so little time" Frank Zappa With the popularity of television, movies, the Internet, and digital devices in general, the simple pleasure of reading a book seems almost quaint by comparison. Though print is quite dead yet, heavy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at Providentia
On July 26, 1980, 32-year-old Eloisa Ballesteros was shot to death as she lay sleeping in her bed. Her killer was her estranged husband, 35-year-old Marcio Stanciolli, with whom she was living in their expensive mansion in Belo Horizonte, Brazil... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2015 at Providentia
Longitudinal research on loneliness in old age has rarely considered loneliness separately for men and women, despite gender differences in life experiences. The objective of this study study published in the journal Aging and Mental Health was to examine the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2015 at Providentia