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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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A new research study suggests that elderly people dealing with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study, which was recently published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
On June 7, 1888, newspapers across the midwestern United States carried an odd story. Titled, "Herman Harms Awakens At Last From His Long Slumber", the story described how Utica, Minnesota farmer was finally awake after a very long nap. How... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
What is the difference between a hero and a psychopath? Though they may seem like polar opposites, the difference may not be as great as you think. Many of the character traits linked to psychopathic behaviour, including brashness, fearlessness, and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
A new study published in the International Journal of Rehabilitation Research investigated the following free-text terms: commercial games, video games, exergames, serious gaming, rehabilitation games, PlayStation, Nintendo, Wii, Wii Fit, Xbox, and Kinect. The search was limited to peer-reviewed English... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
Following an investigation into the February 11 death of an inmate at the Oklahoma County jail, officials have officially banned a nurse from seeing any more inmates. Their reason: the nurse, 67-year-old Linda Herlong Jackson, reportedly began conducting an exorcism... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at Providentia
It was a very unusual gift. When retired math teacher John Hildreth ran into a former pupil, Don Homuth, in Fargo, N.D. back in the 1970s, he was apparently inspired give him an old map he had inherited from his... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Providentia
A little learning is a dangerous thing;/Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring;/There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. - Alexander Pope How dangerous is to be overconfident? While we may be impressed by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Providentia
There is a long tradition in psychology of using psychoactive substances to explore altered states of consciousness. Back in the 19th century, William James experimented with amyl nitrate, chloral hydrate and peyote to learn about mystical experiences while Sigmund Freud... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Providentia
The 2016 presidential election was one of the most politically charged and volatile elections in recent history. The election also saw its first female candidate, Hillary Clinton, represent a major political party. Prior research is inconclusive on how biases can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Providentia
When the mutilated body of Taz, a male domestic shorthair, was found by his own owner at her home in Potter's Bar, U.K., police quickly realized that it was the latest in a string of cat killings across southwest England.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Providentia
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Clark Stanley, a.k.a. "the Rattlesnake King", always knew how to put on a good show. According to one news account describing his appearance in Hartford, Connecticut's city hall square on July 1, 1902, members of the audience got to watch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2017 at Providentia
Although the relationship between childhood adversity (CA) and depression is widely accepted, there is little information on what proportion of depression is attributable to CA. A new research study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders used a Swedish cohort... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at Providentia
How active are you really? Answering that question may be harder than you think. Certainly medical studies have long demonstrated that physical inactivity can account for one in ten deaths worldwide. With that in mind, the need to stay active... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Providentia
Parents of school-age children in parts of England's Kent county have been bombarding local police departments with reports of masked men dressed as clowns who are stalking children. Masked clowns have been spotted lurking around the Thamesview school near Gravesview,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2017 at Providentia
On October 29, 1994, D.C. sightseers walking past the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue were startled to see a nondescript and somewhat heavyset bystander suddenly whipping out a semiautomatic weapon from under the overcoat he was wearing. He then began... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2017 at Providentia
Sexual assault is everybody's problem. Despite the rash of new stories about how women in our society are treated, actual statistics relating to sexual assault remain bleak. Despite epidemiological data suggesting that one women in five will experience some form... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Providentia
Marriages are often characterized by their positive and negative features in terms of whether they elicit feelings of satisfaction and happiness or conflict and negativity. Although research has examined the development of marital happiness, less is known about the development... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Providentia
A U.K. man believed to be suffering from schizophrenia has received a life sentence after being arrested for attempting to make bombs out of fairy lights and a pressure cooker. Zahid Hussain, a 29-year-old former doorman living with his parents... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Providentia
Continued from Part One We may never know for certain what it was that drove saintly Margaretta over the edge from religious mania to full-blown delusion. Based on the testimony of her family members and followers who were holed up... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2017 at Providentia
The relation between self-esteem and romantic relationships has been the focus of many research studies. A new article published in European Psychologist examines theoretical perspectives and available evidence on (a) the effect of people’s self-esteem on the quality of their... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Providentia
On Sunday, July 30, three women living in Kangan Heri village in the Indian state of Delhi reported that an unknown agent, whether human or not, somehow rendered them unconscious and then cut their braids off. The women, who ranged... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Providentia
The heart was made to be broken - Oscar Wilde Romantic breakups are an inevitable part of living, no matter how painful they can be. Along with eliciting a wide range of emotions, including anger, sadness, and shame, surviving a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Providentia
Though the town of Wildisbuch in the Swiss parish of Trullikon is hard to find today, it must have seemed to a peaceful place back in the 19th century. That it would become the site of one of the most... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2017 at Providentia
An article published in the Journal of Behavioral Sciences explores the work of psychologist Gordon Gallup, Jr., during the 1960s and 1970s on mirror self‐recognition in animals. It shows how Gallup tried to integrate the mental “self‐concept” into an otherwise... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2017 at Providentia
Attorneys for an Arkansas scheduled for execution this November are seeking a stay of execution on the grounds that he suffers from a psychotic disorder. Jack Gordon Green, 62, was convicted for killing Sidney Jeffrey Burnett in 1991 following a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Providentia