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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 was one of the most bizarre criminal cases of the early 20th century. In September 1901, following complaints from his neighbours of an unpleasant odor coming from the attic of the house that he shared with his common-law wife... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Providentia
Maslach (1982) conceptualizes burnout as emotional exhaustion and cynicism, which erodes an individual’s ability to effectively engage in work. A known antecedent to burnout across a variety of occupations, including interpreting, is chronic job stress (Delisle, Lariviere, Imbeau, & Durand,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
A 68-year-0ld Russian woman who openly idolized serial killer Andrei Chikatilo has been charged with the brutal murder of numerous of eleven people over a twenty-year period. Tamara Samsonova, who has been dubbed the "Granny Ripper" by Russian journalists, was... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Can people really go from rags to riches? While Horatio Alger's classic stories of poor boys overcoming terrible poverty to rise to great success later in life are legendary, we tend to be more cynical about whether this can happen... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
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Roberts Bartholow was definitely ambitious. After earning his degree in medicine in 1852, he served as an army physician until 1864 when he took on a position as a professor at the medical college in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
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We may never know how many victims were killed by Joseph Vacher during his bloody reign of terror in 19th century France. Born in 1869 to a peasant family in the French town of Beaufort, Joseph Vacher's early life was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2015 at Providentia
Elder self-neglect is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The objective of a study recently published in the journal Gerontology was to examine the prospective relationship between reported elder self-neglect and the rate of 30-day hospital readmission in a community... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2015 at Providentia
With over 100 million Facebook users, India remains second only to the United States in total number of active accounts and is soon likely to take the lead due to the rising popularity of social media. Despite this surge in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Providentia
With more than two billion people using the Internet and countless more expected to come online as the world becomes more interconnected, the sheer volume of posts on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and other social networking sites is overwhelming. Though many... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One. Most of Lauretta Bender's "success stories" were eventually discredited as other mental health professionals took a closer look at many of these patients who were still in the psychiatric system years later. According to psychiatrist Peter... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Providentia
About a third of home-dwelling older people fall each year, and institutionalized older people even report a two- or threefold higher rate for falling. Automatic fall detection systems have been developed to support the independent and secure living of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2015 at Providentia
The rustic Italian town of Castellamare di Stabia has been going through some hard times lately. Located just thirty kilometers from Naples, the town relies on tourism and its location on the scenic route between Naples and Sorrento for much... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at Providentia
Everybody wants to be happy. Along with the wonderful feeling that comes with happiness are the multiple health benefits that it brings. Happy people do much better when it comes to dealing with stress. They also tend to be healthier... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Providentia
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Should children and teenagers be given electroshock treatment? Ever since electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was first introduced in the 1930s, psychiatrists have advocated its use for treating a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia. Despite the controversy surrounding... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2015 at Providentia
Of all the prominent English artists who came to international attention during the reign of Queen Victoria, Richard Dadd was definitely is in a class by himself. Still, it was the brutal murder he committed that really made him memorable.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Providentia
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If explorers could not accept their mistakes and keep going, they might never make any discoveries! Does this sound like you? If you have trouble accepting mistakes, if you try to be right all the time, or if you worry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Providentia
Just four months following an air disaster believed to have been caused by a mentally ill co-pilot, a Civil Aviation Authority review of UK pilots has led to 350 pilots being suspended after admitting to psychiatric problems. The review was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Providentia
Of the 50,000 or more violent deaths occurring in the United States each year, the overwhelming majority involve death by firearm. According to Center for Disease Control statistics, 30 firearm-related homicides and 53 firearm-related suicides take place each day and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at Providentia
Is it legal to commit murder in self-defense? How about if you genuinely believed that the person you killed was a ghost? London's Hammersmith district is known for its many small shops, ethnic restaurants, streets teeming with bustling commuters trying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Providentia
Greed is an important motive: it is seen as both productive (a source of ambition; the motor of the economy) and destructive (undermining social relationships; the cause of the late 2000s financial crisis). However, relatively little is known about what... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2015 at Providentia
After years of investigation, government researchers have finally announced what they believe to be the cause of a bizarre epidemic of sleeping sickness striking the residents of two villages on the border between Russian and Kazakhstan: high levels of carbon... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2015 at Providentia
Ninety-eight percent of American homes have TV sets, which means the people in the other 2% have to generate their own sex and violence. George Baylos Why is there so much sex and violence in movies and television? While American... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Providentia
In October 2007, Janet Moses, a 22-year-old mother of two children, died of drowning after a three-day "cleansing ceremony" conducted by family members trying to free her from the effects of a curse. The family became concerned after Moses began... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2015 at Providentia
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There seems no question that William James Sidis was a genius. Born in New York City in 1898, his parents, Boris and Sarah, were Russian immigrants and intellectuals who had fled to the U.S. to escape persecution. Boris earned his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at Providentia
Relative socioeconomic status (SES) may be an important social determinant of health. A new study published in the journal Heath Psychology aimed to examine how relative SES, as measured by subjective SES, income inequality, and individual SES relative to others... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Providentia