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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 March 30, 1978 at a district court in northwest Bavaria, Pastor Ernst Alt and Father Arnold Renz went on trial for their role in the death of 23-year old Anneliese Michel. Along with Anneliese's parents, the two clerics had... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Providentia
Addictive disorders are very common and have devastating individual and social consequences. Currently available treatment is moderately effective at best. After many years of neglect, there is renewed interest in potential clinical uses for classic hallucinogens in the treatment of... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Of all the health benefits linked to breastfeeding, its presumed impact on a child's later intelligence is likely the most controversial. Though a 1929 study by Carolyn Hoefer and Mattie Crumpton Hardy first made the connection, numerous studies since then... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
While Stephen Harper's Conservatives adamantly opposed allowing the opening of supervision injection sites in cities across Canada, Quebec health care workers are hoping that the new Liberal government will permit Montreal to become the second Canadian city to run the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
It all began on November 27, 1947 with an anonymous phone tip to the New York Police Department telling that "there's a dead man in 2078 Fifth Avenue." The house in question was a once-fashionable mansion owned by Homer and... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
By 1895, Sigmund Freud's theories of psychoanalysis and the unconscious were still in the formative stage but his revolutionary "talking cure" for treating neurosis had already made him well-known. It seemed only natural that 27-year old Emma Eckstein should seek... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Sexism and sexual harassment are not uncommon in online environments such as social networking sites, forums, and video games. A recent article in the journal Computers in Human Behavior describes a study investigating whether users’ anonymity and level of interactivity... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Providentia
Combat veterans are at risk for several adverse outcomes such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, hazardous alcohol use, and most critically, suicidal behaviors. The high rate of suicide in veterans has been understood as a correlate of PTSD and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at Providentia
While transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS for short) has become more widely used to treat various neurological and psychiatric conditions, its use in improving brain functioning such as memory and attention is a bit more controversial. Still, a recent study by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Providentia
The disastrous tsunami and earthquake in March 2011, quickly followed by a nuclear disaster that led to thousands of residents being uprooted, has created a traumatic legacy that still lingers today. According to Taio Kaneta, a Buddhist monk helping tend... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Whatever Peter III's original intentions towards poor Ivan, the question of what to do with him remained a hot issue politically. Not only did everyone know about his imprisonment despite Elizabeth's best efforts, but he had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Providentia
It all began in 1933 when a Hungarian composer named Reszo Servess first wrote the melancholy classic, Gloomy Sunday. Born in Hungary in 1899, Servess was a largely self-taught musician with little to show for his career as a songwriter.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at Providentia
Major depressive disorder is a common, complex, and potentially life-threatening mental disorder that imposes a severe social and economic burden worldwide. Over the years, numerous animal models have been established to elucidate pathophysiology that underlies depression and to test novel... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at Providentia
"I still get nightmares. In fact, I get them so often I should be used to them by now. I'm not. No one ever really gets used to nightmares." Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves. Remember some of your nightmares?... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at Providentia
Esperanza Huayama was three months pregnant when she agreed to take advantage of free "medical treatment" being offered by the Peruvian government twenty years ago. Living in the northern state of Piuria, along with dozens of other women from her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at Providentia
The birth of Ivan Antonovich on August 23, 1740 was glorious news to the Russian royal family. As the firstborn son of Prince Anthony Ulrich of Brunswick-Lunenberg and Duchess Anna Leopoldovna of Mecklenberg, he was literally the answer to the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Providentia
The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent. Erich Fromm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Providentia
An article in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy provides a new review of the book, The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality by Julie Sondra Decker (2014). Clinicians too will likely find this book helpful in understanding the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Providentia
A recent review published in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry discusses nature of Cannabis and cannabinoids. The duality arises from the potential and actuality of cannabinoids in the laboratory and clinic and the ‘abuse’ of Cannabis outside the clinic.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2015 at Providentia
"Hello, I'm Christopher… And I'm transgender. I'm making this video so I can share my life with you, and my transition and the changes to my body that are going to happen very soon…” Beginning with this simple statement, Christopher... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One During the eight-session interrogation of Sada Abe, police found her strangely compelling as she talked about killing Kichizo Ishida. Sada was emphatic in saying that "I loved him so much, I wanted him all to myself.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at Providentia
A new article in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy reviews the book, Fuckology: Critical Essays on John Money's Diagnostic Concepts by Lisa Downing, Iain Morland, and Nikki Sullivan (2014). The title of the volume is a rather clever... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2015 at Providentia
Hoping to improve Zambia's fading economy, President Edgar Lungu has called for national prayers and fasting to call on God to intervene. In a press statement recently released from the Presidential palace, the recent devaluation of the kwacha, Zambia's national... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Providentia
I'm going to be in Peru for the next week and I'm not sure about the kind of WiFi access I'll have down there so I likely won't be able to communicate much until I get back. In the meantime,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Providentia
All the lonely people. Where do they all come from? All the lonely people. Where do they all belong? - Eleanor Rigby What causes some people to be chronically lonely? And why do lonely people often have difficulty in social... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Providentia