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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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Tandospirone is a selective serotonin agonist used in treating anxiety, depression, and psychosis. A member of the azapirone class of drugs and chemically similar to buspirone and gepirone, it is now being prescribed in China and Japan under the brand... Continue reading
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He is still considered one of the first true serial killers in the history of Argentina, and definitely the most notorious. Born on October 31, 1896, Cayetano Santo Godino was considered "odd" from his birth. Along with being physically stunted... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
“Imagine that the world had created a new 'dream product' to feed and immunize everyone born on earth. Imagine also that it was available everywhere, required no storage or delivery, and helped mothers plan their families and reduce the risk... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
The shootings at the Canadian Parliament on October 22, 2014 received international coverage and fueled concerns about terrorism and growing Islamoprejudice. In the wake of this event, two studies (n = 215, n = 492) investigated objective temporal distance, right-wing... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Providentia
The Indonesian Health Ministry has recently announced that it is seeking to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder. This move is deemed to be a prelude to plans to criminalize homosexuality and all sex outside of marriage. While the American... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Providentia
“When we are forced to endure what we cannot endure, something breaks inside our minds. That broken-mindedness is commonly called trauma.” ― Macdougall Jo Trauma can occur in many different ways. Whether her it happens through doing a military tour... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Providentia
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While you might think psychoauts writing their experiences with recreational drug use are a relatively modern development, they really aren't. Even back in the 19th century, there were always hardy drug pioneers who challenged conventional views about altered states of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at Providentia
Recent advances in mobile technology have allowed individuals to engage in sexting (i.e., sharing sexual words and images via technology). Researchers have examined the prevalence and correlates of sexting, but differences in samples and definitions make it difficult to develop... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at Providentia
According to reports, it all began on December 16, 2017 at Hun Sen Ang Sdok High School in Cambodia's Kampot province. A 17-year-old student named Pen Kunsotheara reported feeling faint. The episode worsened and the ninth-grader felt her hands become... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Providentia
As children grow and mature into healthy adults, a crucial part of their development is learning how to form intimate relationships. Despite the often-awkward first experiences that are a normal part of adolescence and young adulthood, these experiences lay the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Providentia
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The mystery began with the discovery of a bullet-ridden body in a wooded area about 53 kilometres south of Berlin, Germany in May, 1933. It didn't take long for Berlin police to identify the body as 44-year-old Erik Jan Hanussen,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Providentia
Decisions related to marriage and divorce are key life events for individuals. In a study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, researchers provide large-scale evidence of the role of individual intelligence in marriage and divorce behavior, controlling for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at Providentia
Workplace violence can take a variety of different forms. Aside from the high-profile and often graphic episodes of violence that you might hear about in the news, there are other types of workplace hostility that are much more common. This... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at Providentia
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Can electricity be used to raise the dead? The opening decades of the 19th century was an exciting era for scientists exploring the things that could be done with electricity. Inspired by the groundbreaking work of Benjamin Franklin, Alesandro Volta,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2018 at Providentia
Driver assist technologies have reached the tipping point and are poised to take control of most, if not all, aspects of the driving task. Proponents of automated driving (AD) are enthusiastic about its promise to transform mobility and realize impressive... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at Providentia
An Oklahoma City jury has found 51-year-old Juanita Gomez guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter. The murder came to light on August 7, 2016, when Francisco Merlo arrived at the Oklahoma City home that his girlfriend,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at Providentia
On October 2, 1978, Australian heiress Lynette Phillips set herself on fire in a park in Geneva, Switzerland near the Palais des Nations. Daughter of a prominent mining executive, Phillips had been a member of PROUT, the Progressive Utililization Theory,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2018 at Providentia
“Come on, let's get you a drink. How's your love life, anyway? Oh God. Why can't married people understand that this is no longer a polite question to ask? We wouldn't rush up to them and roar, "How's your marriage... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Providentia
The risk for developing a gambling problem is greater among offspring who have a problem gambling parent, yet little research has directly examined the mechanisms by which this transmission of problem gambling occurs. For this reason, a new study published... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at Providentia
A new research study looking at the effects of a drug originally developed to treat Type 2 diabetes has yielded promising results into the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The study, which was recently published in the journal Brain Research, was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Providentia
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In the summer of 1989, construction workers doing renovations in the basement of an old campus building made a gruesome discovery: layer upon layer of bones, including complete skeletons that were unmistakably human. According to the forensic anthropologists assigned to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2018 at Providentia
Chronic pain is the most common reason for medical cannabis certification. Data regarding alcohol use and risky drinking among medical cannabis patients with pain is largely unknown. As a result, a new study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors examined... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Providentia
Each year, millions of older adults in countries such as the United States, Canada, and Australia, develop health problems requiring hospitalization or specialized medical care. In most cases, it is the family members, including spouses and children, who face the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2018 at Providentia
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By all accounts, it began in April, 1953 near the Puerto Rican town of Sabana Grande when a group of children reported seeing a "beautiful woman" standing next to the spring where they were hoping to get a drink. Based... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Providentia
What would it be like to be able to remember anything you ever learned? Would it be a blessing or a curse? Beginning in the early 20th century, psychologists have identified numerous cases of people with extraordinary memories that allow... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Providentia