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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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Can a law be imposed retroactively? Following Allan Schoenborn's murder of his three children in 2008, a British Columbia Supreme Court eventually found him not criminally responsible for the killings. Since that time, Canada's Conservative government has enacted tough new... Continue reading
Posted 16 hours ago at Providentia
All romantic relationships come to an end at some point. Whether it occurs through the death of a partner or, more likely, because one or both partners in the relationship decide to end things and move on to new relationships.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
On January 18, 1803, convicted murder George Forster was hanged at Newgate Prison inside the City of London. After he was cut down and a physician verified that he was indeed dead, the corpse was then taken to a nearby... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
The Battle of Smolensk was part of a two-month offensive in 1943 designed to drive Nazi invaders from the city that they had held for two years. Although the offensive was ultimately successful, it came at a terrible cost.with much... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
A new article in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management reviews the book, Fighting for Reliable Evidence by Judith Gueron and Howard Rolston (2013). This is an incredibly powerful book, full of information that graduate schools do not teach... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
This October marks National Bullying Prevention Month in the United States and Canada. First founded in 2006 by PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center, the campaign also marks the first Monday in October as the Blue Shirt Day™ World Day of... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
How much stress do you have to deal with at work? While we all have to face a certain amount of stress in most jobs, the physical and psychological costs of too much workplace stress can be enormous. Stress can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2015 at Providentia
It all began on January 12, 1928 when Mabel Schneider saw her five-year-old daughter Dorothy being abducted into a car just a block from her home in Mount Morris, Michigan. The little girl had been running home from school. After... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2015 at Providentia
The Crimean War that raged from 1853 to 1856 is often referred to as the first "modern war" (though far from the last) and I won't get into the murky issues that were involved or the various European nations that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Providentia
Apathy is a common neuropsychiatric symptom in Alzheimer’s disease dementia and amnestic mild cognitive impairment and is associated with cortical atrophy in Alzheimer’s disease dementia. A new study published in The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences investigated possible correlations... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at Providentia
Since first opening in June, the Marijuana for Trauma centre in Sydney, Nova Scotia has allowed trauma sufferers to access medical marijuana that would otherwise be denied them. Originally established to help veterans dealing with the symptoms of posttraumatic disorder,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Providentia
Can smartphone technology be used to provide better mental health care for people in crisis? Part of the difficulty in dealing with people experiencing mental health problems is getting them the help they need when a new crisis develops. Even... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Providentia
Webster Edgerly certainly knew how to think big. Born in 1852 in Massachusetts, he found the Ralston Health Club in the same year that he graduated from law school. There was also some evidence that he was embroiled in a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2015 at Providentia
The Doctors' Trial that ended on August 20, 1947 led to the conviction of sixteen medical doctors who had been involved in Nazi medical experiments and mass murder. While seven defendants were sentenced to death and nine others received prison... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Providentia
Using multilevel modeling, a new study published in the Journal of School Violence examined how different types of bullying, involving both peers and teachers, relate to psychosomatic health complaints. Data were obtained via the Stockholm School Survey of 41,032 ninth-... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at Providentia
As the rest of the country marks Suicide Prevention Month, the suburb of Greenwood, Minnesota has been scarred by the discovery of five bodies bearing signs of traumatic injuries in a Greenwood home. The five bodies are all members of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at Providentia
Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. John Barrymore We all want to be happy. In fact, "the pursuit of happiness" is one of the fundamental rights demanded in the Declaration of Independence, right... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at Providentia
Continued from Part One But who was Andrew Kehoe? While newspapers often referred to him as a "demented farmer," his motivation for bombing the Bath school, along with his other crimes, likely stemmed from a need for revenge against people... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at Providentia
It was one of the most destructive earthquakes on record and, quite possibly, changed the course of European history. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the North Atlantic about 200 kilometers southwest of the Portuguese coast and geologists now... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Providentia
The initial symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) include attention deficits, memory loss and deficiencies in topographic and spatial orientation. People with AD may have way-finding difficulties in driving due to the deterioration of their navigation ability. Although the use of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at Providentia
It was meant to be a colourful ceremony presided over by South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma. Instead it turned into a bizarre spectacle with hundreds of women screaming and crying uncontrollably over hallucinations of being attacked by demons. Every year... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at Providentia
Beginning in 2007, the United States, along with most other countries around the world, experienced what has since become the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression. In addition to a collapse of the housing market, an epidemic of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Providentia
On May 18, 1927 at 8:45 A.M., a devastating explosion ripped through the north wing of the Bath Community School in Bath Township, Michigan. Of the two-hundred and thirty six elementary and middle school students attending classes there, thirty-eight were... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at Providentia
It was meant to be a special Halloween night episode of the American radio program, Mercury Theatre on the Air. Directed by 23-year old Orson Welles, the program was an adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic novel The War of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at Providentia
A study published recently in the Journal of Psychohistory explored predictions made from Lucille Iremonger's Phaeton theory (1970), which argues that individuals who show exceptional personal achievement in certain fields frequently have experienced childhoods that were marked by parental loss... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at Providentia