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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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Does spending money on others (prosocial spending) improve the cardiovascular health of community-dwelling older adults diagnosed with high blood pressure? A new article published in the journal Health Psychology explores this question in a series of studies. In Study 1,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Background: Although people who use the Internet for suicide-related reasons have been found to report significantly higher levels of suicidal ideation, little is known about the characteristics of these users. Aims: To examine the differences between suicidal people who use... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
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By the time you read this, I will be off to Yokohama, Japan which I will be attending the 31st International Congress of Psychology. I am looking forward to having a chance to interact with some of the best and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Providentia
It's something every driver dreads but can't avoid completely. We're all familiar with "road rage", whether through personal experience or through stories heard from people we know. Though first coined in the 1980s following a rash of highway shootings in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Providentia
A new survey examining online behaviour following relationship breakups suggests that post-relationship abuse is far more common than you think. The survey, which is scheduled to be presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society's Division of Counselling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One On July 19, 1922, James Frye testified on his own behalf and quickly denounced the confession he had made as being completely bogus. Not only was he innocent of Dr. Brown's murder but he insisted that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Providentia
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Dan Leno was the prince of clowns. Born George Wild Galvin in 1860, he was the youngest of six children in an old London show business family. His father was a comedian and his mother was a singer and George... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Providentia
Many individuals with mental health care needs are not receiving adequate treatment and self-help services may be one way to address these unmet needs. Little is known about self-help treatment consumers and the characteristics which predict self-help treatment use; therefore,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Providentia
There's no denying that I have feelings for you that can't be explained in any other way. I briefly considered that I had a brain parasite, but that seems even more far-fetched. The only conclusion was love. Sheldon Cooper, The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Providentia
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Acetaminophen, a.k.a. paracetamol, is one of the most commonly-used over-the-counter remedies for pain and fever. First discovered in 1877, it has long been considered safe if used at recommended levels and is included on the World Health Organization's Model List... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Providentia
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On November 27, 1920, Washington physician Robert Wade Brown was shot to death while he was working in his D.C. office (which also happened to be part of his residence on West Eleventh Street). Just before the shooting, Dr. Brown's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Providentia
It was a crime that shocked all of South Africa. On September 6, 1966, South African Prime Minister Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd entered the House of Assembly and prepared to take his seat. A parliamentary page named Dimitri Tsafendas quickly crossed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Providentia
The past decade has seen an increase in research examining the potential role of the microbiota-gut-brain axis in psychopathology. The microbiota-gut-brain axis involves bidirectional communication between the gut and the central nervous system. Although it is well-established that the central... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2016 at Providentia
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. Henry Ford How important is lifelong learning for older adults? Along with severe neurocognitive conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and other forms of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Providentia
On December 5, 2015, a 41-year-old Korean woman living in the German state of Hesse died after hours of torture reportedly carried out by family members during an exorcism. The ordeal began when the woman, unnamed in the German press,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Richard Ivens' defense attorney, I.W. Foltz, had an impossible job, and he knew it. Once the full confession signed by Richard Ivens was presented to the jury,with all its damnable details, the prosecution basically rested. To... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Providentia
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1865 was a very bad year for Ignaz Semmelweiss. He had been hounded out of his position at Vienna General Hospital over the radical notion that doctors were causing deaths by refusing to wash their hands when treating mothers in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Providentia
The majority of people experiencing mental-health problems do not seek help, and the stigma of mental illness is considered a major barrier to seeking appropriate treatment. More targeted interventions (e.g. at the workplace) seem to be a promising and necessary... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at Providentia
In June 2014, Margaret Evans, a 69-year-old hairdresser was found brutally murdered in her home in Portstewart, Northern Ireland. Known as "Margo" to friends and customers, Margaret Evans had run the Madam Margo beauty salon in Portstewart for decades before... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Providentia
On January 12, 1906, the body of an attractive woman was found lying face downward in a large yard located near Belden Avenue on the outskirts of Chicago. Half covered by trash, it had been dumped onto a refuse heap.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One Long after the end of World War I, Field Marshall Douglas Haig remains a controversial figure. As Commander-in-chief of the British Expeditionary Force during some of the most intense battles of the war, his military decisions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Providentia
Preterm birth at very low birth weight (VLBW) poses a risk for cerebellar abnormalities and increased psychiatric morbidity compared with reference populations. A new study published in the journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health examines cerebellar volumes (grey... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Providentia
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When author Marlon James was in his thirties, he desperately sought help from his pastors to help him "cure" his sexual orientation. Growing up in Jamaica, which is widely recognized as being one of the most dangerous places in the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at Providentia
Continued from Part One When the trial of Adelaide Bartlett and George Dyson opened on April 12, 1886, it was an immediate media sensation considering the lurid details. Not only was Adelaide accused of poisoning her husband with a fatal... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Providentia
As part of the awareness campaign surrounding National PTSD Awareness Month, I am rerunning this two-part post that I first posted in 2007. The "Great War" that raged from 1914 to 1918 added a new dimension to warfare with modern... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Providentia