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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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It should have been a routine night at the temporary prisoner of war camp that had been set up at the end of Main Street in Salina, Utah. Two months following Germany's formal surrender on May 7, 1945, the 250... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
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A new study published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture examines the motivation behind heavy book usage, which is a rarely researched form of extreme media use. In this study, researchers develop an explanatory model for the phenomenon... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Have you ever had a "senior moment" when your memory fails unexpectedly? Though it can happen at any age, it can often be an uncomfortable reminder that you are getting older. Long recognized as an inevitable part of the aging... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
An Alberta mother is currently on trial over the death of her seven-year-old son in March 2013. Tamara Lovett, aged 47, was arrested after her son Ryan died of a Group A streptococcus infection, a condition which doctors insist would... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
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When Alan Bono was stabbed to death on February 16, 1981, police investigating the case had no problem finding the person responsible. What they likely didn't expect was the bizarre media spectacle that followed, completed with demonologists, allegations of demonic... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
It all began with a daily meeting at a newspaper in Moscow, sometime in the 1920s. The editor was handing out assignments to the various reporters and was annoyed to note that one of the newer reporters had neglected to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Providentia
Police officers are frequently the first responders to individuals in crisis, but generally receive little training for this role. An article recently published in the journal Crisis evaluates training in suicide awareness and prevention for frontline rail police in the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Providentia
Paida laijin is a controversial Chinese therapeutic technique in which patients vigorously slap different parts of their bodies. Developed by therapist Xiao Hongchi who claimed he learned the technique from a Taoist monk, the name comes from the Mandarin words... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Providentia
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Continued from Part One Despite his reputation being in tatters due to the fraud accusation, R.L.Garner managed to return to Gabon and resume his research. Though he spent most of his time on Gabon's southern coast, he to travel along... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Providentia
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The suicide of Robert Stewart, First Marquess of Londonderry on August 12, 1822 probably could have been avoided. Despite a glorious political career including representing England at the Congress of Vienna, he had become increasingly unpopular at home. His reputation... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Providentia
We've all dealt with narcissists at some time or another but we usually have the option of walking away if they get too annoying. Usually. Still, the rise of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. has provided... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Providentia
Since its initial release in 1970, the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) curriculum has introduced in more than 6,000 schools across 145 counties. Produced by a company based in Texas, the ACE curriculum has come under fire for its emphasis on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Providentia
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When Richard Lynch Garner (more popularly known as R.L. Garner) announced his plan to travel to Africa to do scientific research, he quickly became the butt of numerous jokes and ridicule by scientists. Not only did Garner lack any real... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Providentia
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The arrest of the dashing Captain Leslie Barker on February 28, 1929 seemed routine enough. After the war veteran failed to appear at a bankruptcy hearing in the previous December, a warrant for his arrest was issued for contempt of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Providentia
Cortisol release in a stressful situation can be beneficial for memory encoding and memory consolidation. Stimuli, such as odors, related to the stressful episode may successfully cue memory contents of the stress experience. A new study published in the journal... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Providentia
Is there a right time for a first sexual experience? Despite the controversy surrounding first-time sex, most young people in the United States become sexually active long before they reach adulthood. According to a 2012 research study, look at participants... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Providentia
There's nothing particularly remarkable about its appearance, just a simple white powder that can be sold in bags, capsule, or pill form. And it's also perfectly legal in most jurisdictions despite growing reports of fatalities linked to its use. When... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Providentia
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When Dr. Leo Stanley expressed an opinion about criminal behaviour, people listened. Even as he carried out some of the most outrageous medical experiments in California penal history. As Chief Surgeon at California's San Quentin State Prison from 1913 to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Providentia
On September 8, 1992, Scott Louis Panetti shaved his head, dressed in military fatigues, and drove to his in-laws' Fredericksburg, Texas home where his wife and daughter were staying. After breaking into the home, he shot his wife's parents at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Providentia
Safety plans have been suggested as an intervention for people at risk of suicide. Given the impulsive character of suicidal ideation, a safety plan in the format of a mobile phone application is likely to be more available and useful... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Providentia
Can the quality of our relationships play a role in obesity? A new meta-analytic study suggests that it can (at least for adults). Oesity has long been recognized as a major health issue around the world with the overall percentage... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Providentia
It apparently began in mid-October when a 54-year-old caregiver for an elderly woman made a bizarre call to police in North Bend, Oregon at 3 am. She informed them that seven or eight people were "trying to take the roof... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Providentia
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Chagas disease, a.k.a. American trypanosomiasis, is a potentially serious tropical disease affecting millions of people across Mexico, Central, and South America. Estimated to cause over 12,000 deaths a year, the disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and spread... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at Providentia
The popularity of reality TV programming exceeds that of any other genre, particularly among young female viewers. Past research suggests a link between viewing reality TV, gender stereotyping, and social aggression among young women, but little is known theoretically about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at Providentia
Even for many die-hard fans of the long-running AMC drama, The Walking Dead, the gruesome violence of the Season Seven premiere, including the brutal deaths of two well-liked characters, proved to be too much to handle. According to one fan... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at Providentia