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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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“Come on, let's get you a drink. How's your love life, anyway? Oh God. Why can't married people understand that this is no longer a polite question to ask? We wouldn't rush up to them and roar, "How's your marriage... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
The risk for developing a gambling problem is greater among offspring who have a problem gambling parent, yet little research has directly examined the mechanisms by which this transmission of problem gambling occurs. For this reason, a new study published... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
A new research study looking at the effects of a drug originally developed to treat Type 2 diabetes has yielded promising results into the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The study, which was recently published in the journal Brain Research, was... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
In the summer of 1989, construction workers doing renovations in the basement of an old campus building made a gruesome discovery: layer upon layer of bones, including complete skeletons that were unmistakably human. According to the forensic anthropologists assigned to... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Chronic pain is the most common reason for medical cannabis certification. Data regarding alcohol use and risky drinking among medical cannabis patients with pain is largely unknown. As a result, a new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors examined... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Providentia
Each year, millions of older adults in countries such as the United States, Canada, and Australia, develop health problems requiring hospitalization or specialized medical care. In most cases, it is the family members, including spouses and children, who face the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Providentia
By all accounts, it began in April, 1953 near the Puerto Rican town of Sabana Grande when a group of children reported seeing a "beautiful woman" standing next to the spring where they were hoping to get a drink. Based... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Providentia
What would it be like to be able to remember anything you ever learned? Would it be a blessing or a curse? Beginning in the early 20th century, psychologists have identified numerous cases of people with extraordinary memories that allow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Providentia
From the early days of the printed press, citizens have challenged and modified the information environment as constructed by governments and media organizations. In the digital era, this struggle is manifested in the work of civil-society organizations calling to expand... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Providentia
In an unprecedented move, Florida's Palm Beach County has become the first county in the state to ban the use of conversion therapy on minors. Though opponents have long argued that the use of conversion therapy to change sexual orientation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Providentia
We spend a lot of time comparing ourselves to other people. According to social comparison theory, much of our sense of self-worth and even our sense of personal identity comes from how we see ourselves "stacking up" to other people... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Providentia
As smartphone technology becomes an increasingly important part of youth mental health, there has been little to no examination of how to effectively integrate smartphone-based safety planning with inpatient care. A recent study in the Journal of the Canadian Academy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at Providentia
In its natural state, Mitragyna speciosa is a flowering evergreen tree that can grow to 25 meters (82 feet) with a smooth grey bark, fanlike green leaves, and flowers that grow in clusters at the end of each branch. Native... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Providentia
Fetal programming is the idea that environmental stimuli can alter the development of the fetus, which may have a long-term effect on the child. Recent research reported that maternal prenatal cortisol predicts infant negative emotionality in a sex-dependent manner: high... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Providentia
Aside from a note saying they had moved to Brazil, police, family and friends of an Internet cult leader and his family have no clue to what happened after their disappearance in July, 2007. Police are not even certain whether... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at Providentia
r Dianne Neale, it all began during the mid-1980s when she started experiencing recurring episodes of mental confusion and abdominal pain that apparently struck at random. After two years of these episodes, she also started experiencing frequent blackouts as well.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2017 at Providentia
A study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences presented 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... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at Providentia
In India, they are known as "Gau Rashaks" (cow protectors) and their vigilante actions against India's Muslim and Dalit communities is spreading. Since many Hindus regard cows as sacred and laws banning the slaughter or import of cows for slaughter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Providentia
Can a six-year-old boy be convicted of manslaughter? Though there have been countless cases of accidental deaths caused by children, whether through improper storage of a firearm or because of some other cause, the idea that a child under the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Providentia
Should cannabis be made legal? And what impact would it have on the drug use of adolescents and young adults? Since the 1920s with the passage of the first laws banning the sale or possession of cannabis, similar laws have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Providentia
A new study in the journal Addictive Behaviors presents a review of the literature regarding the prevalence of Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD) in any population, organized in a linear manner spanning the emergence of the earliest publications regarding gaming addiction... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Providentia
The soaring demand for exorcisms in France has created a new industry of private exorcists, most of whom have no real qualifications and charge exorbitant prices for the ritual. While the Catholic Church offers exorcisms for applicants deemed to be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Providentia
How do rumours get started? Often appearing out of nowhere (or so it seems at times), rumours have a way of spreading rapidly. Whether spread by word-of-mouth or, more often these days, by social media, the most popular rumours have... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Providentia
“The broken heart. You think you will die, but you keep living, day after day after terrible day.” - Charles Dickens According to Center For Disease Control statistics, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Providentia
Goal setting theory has been studied and adopted in a wide variety of domains including game design. While goals can help people regulate and change behavior, they are less motivating when people no longer believe they can meet their goals.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at Providentia