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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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I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know? Ernest Hemingway Everybody enjoys a good night's sleep. While there are different theories about why we first evolved the need for sleep, it seems... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Providentia
Auditory hallucinations, i.e., hearing sounds or voices without external input, are often scary, both for the ones with the hallucinations and the people around them. Though these kind of hallucinations were treated with awe and dread in ancient times, more... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
Continued from Part One When Madame Monnier was arrested for her role in her daughter's 25-year-imprisonment, she was likely astonished at the angry mobs that had gathered about the prison where she was kept. Considering her former place in Poiters... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
A new study published in the journal Psychological Trauma examined adolescent traumatization and the impact of various types of trauma on dissociative experiences in a sample of 239 Swedish youngsters, 13 to 20 years of age, with diverse socioeconomic and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Being a couch potato can be more dangerous than you think. Though the World Health Organization recommends a minimum of 150 minutes a week engaging in moderate-intensity aerobic exercise to stay healthy, far too many people spend most of their... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
A Bangor, Maine man is facing life in prison for mailing potassium cyanide to a suicidal man living in the U.K. 54-year-old Sidney Kilmartin first came into contact with 49-year-old Andrew Denton when Denton tried to purchase cyanide from him... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Providentia
On May 23, 1901, France's Attorney General received an anonymous letter which said, in part: "Monsieur Attorney General: I have the honor to inform you of an exceptionally serious occurrence. I speak of a spinster who is locked up in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2016 at Providentia
Although African Americans perceive discrimination in health care settings, experience higher levels of medical mistrust compared with European Americans, and experience poorer communication with health care providers, little is known as to how these barriers to quality patient-provider relationships arise... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2016 at Providentia
Clowns are scary. Even before the current rash of "killer clown" sightings being reported to police forces across the United States, we've always found something creep in clowns. With their makeup, bizarre clothes, and tendency to attack audiences with pies,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2016 at Providentia
When Curtis Howe Springer first discovered the mosquito-ridden swamp land that would become the centre of his real estate empire, the people who knew him likely thought he had finally gone insane. Situated on a dry lake near the Mohave... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Providentia
King George III never liked doctors (which was why his relationship with Francis Willis got off to a rocky start). The episodic insanity that earned him the nickname "Mad King George" had led to numerous assessments by doctors across England.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at Providentia
Despite a number of studies, the reasons for self-injurious behavior (SIB) have yet to be clearly specified. In a recent study published in the journal Psychological Trauma, researchers used path analysis to test the hypothesis that exposure to adverse events... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2016 at Providentia
In a recent interview following the death of the Catholic Church's top exorcist, two unnamed British exorcists are blaming public interest in the supernatural, including the Harry Potter books, with the recent rise in exorcism cases. Much like the late... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One When Jacques Benoit agreed to demonstrate his snail telegraph, he likely wasn't expecting quite so much skepticism from his sponsor Triat and the writer Jules Allix. Even though both of his communication devices happened to be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Providentia
It was a noble idea. Who knew that such tragedy would spring from it? When L._L._Zamenhof developed the artificial language known as Esperanto, he intended it as a method of international communication to promote peaceful coexistence among nations (the name... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at Providentia
Prior work has shown that negative aspects (e.g., conflict) of marriage or marriage-like relationships are associated with poor health of offspring, but much less is known about the effects of positive aspects (e.g., affection) of parental romantic relationships. A study... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2016 at Providentia
A former Honors student has pleaded guilty in the October 2015 killing of a Delaware psychiatrist. Christopher Frick, 22, admitted to stabbing 55-year-old Caroline Ekong to death after he broke into her Hockessin, DE home in the middle of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at Providentia
History is filled with examples of pseudoscience and quack inventions, often described in glowing terms meant to attract investors. While some of these supposed discoveries were outright scams meant to separate foolish people from their money, others appeared to have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at Providentia
It all began with a vision. At least, that's what Edward Arthur Wilson told his followers. Born in Birmingham, England in 1878, Wilson's early life seems to be a mystery. While he drifted from job to job, his chronic health... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at Providentia
Studies have indicated that depressive disorders are observed frequently in dentists. It’s suggested that dentists encounter numerous sources of stress in their professional career. We noticed that the noises in dental environments are very unpleasant. The animal modeling studies suggested... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at Providentia
With the popularity of recent movies such as The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2, there seems to be more interest than ever in "demon hunters", as represented in the films by real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Though Ed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at Providentia
Long after the end of World War II, persistent rumours continued to be heard that Adolf Hitler had somehow faked his death and was living in hiding while preparing for a Nazi comeback. Certainly, it was true enough that countless... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Providentia
If it ever becomes possible for the dead to sue the living for slander, there aren't many who would have a stronger case than poor Antonio Salieri... Although he was one of the most important Viennese composers of his time,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at Providentia
The British Columbia take-home naloxone (BCTHN) program has been in operation since 2012 and has resulted in the successful reversal of over 581 opioid overdoses. A recent study published in the Harm Reduction Journal aims to explore BCTHN program participant... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Alain de Moneys' brutal murder quickly became the most talked-about news story of the year. While episodes of mob violence aimed at wealthy landowners and businessmen were hardly unique, the newspapers played up the bizarre details,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Providentia