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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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Stories of police using deadly force when dealing with psychiatric emergencies are becoming increasingly common. Earlier this year, police in Rochester, New York were called in to apprehend Daniel Prude, they placed a "spit hood" over the psychiatric patient's head... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
It is still one of the great legal controversies of the 18th century. On January 1, 1753, an 18-year old girl named Elizabeth Canning disappeared from a country lane in what is now the heart of London. Canning, who worked... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Individuals feel lonely when they perceive a discrepancy between their aspired and their actually experienced amount of closeness and intimacy in social relationships. In a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers we disentangled developmental... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
Despite the oft-quoted slogan, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people", more than half of all suicides committed in the United States involve guns. According to Bennett L. Gershman of New York's Pace Law School, of the 38,000 suicides committed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
On January 31, 1865, Adoniram Judson Burroughs, a clerk working in the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C., was leaving for home with another co-worker when he was stopped by a woman who had apparently been waiting for him. As... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Is it possible to bring a drowning victim back to life? Given the numerous cases of drowning that occurred in 18th century London and the lack of any proper system of saving drowning victims at that time, the need for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2020 at Providentia
The Hare Psychopathy Checklist (PCL; Hare, Neumann, & Mokros 2018) scales are among the most widely used forensic assessment tools. Their perceived utility rests partly on their ability to assess stable personality traits indicative of a lack of conscience, which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2020 at Providentia
A Melbourne man who became a wanted fugitive after killing his brother with a samurai sword has been found not guilty of murder due to mental impairment. Jonathan Dick, 42, slashed his brother David to death with a knife and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2020 at Providentia
For all that the prevailing view of 19th century men was that women were "the weaker sex", not every woman was willing to agree. Despite the formidable barriers placed in their path, women managed to force their way into the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2020 at Providentia
To commemorate September 11, I thought I'd run this post that was originally seen in 2015. "I had nightmares, flashbacks. I dissociated... Changes in self-perception and hallucinations-those are some of my other symptoms. You are poison, I chanted silently to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at Providentia
A study recently published in the journal Health Psychology examined positive and negative aspects of relationship quality with one’s spouse or partner as predictors of mortality and the role of gender in moderating this link. Method: Data were drawn from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at Providentia
When the concerned family of 54-year-old Kyaw Din called the Ridge Meadow RCMP for help in transporting him to the hospital, they had no idea that he would be killed in a police shooting. Since that fatal shooting occurred on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2020 at Providentia
England was in full religious ferment during the first few years of the 19th century. Joanna Southcott was leading a messianic crusade with countless followers revering her as "the Lamb" who would bring them to salvation. Other prophets like Richard... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2020 at Providentia
What could cause a mother to kill her child? Though cases of mothers committing filicide are likely as old as history itself, the kind of punishment these women receive afterward has varied across time and in different societies around the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at Providentia
Research indicates that spending money on others—prosocial spending—leads to greater happiness than spending money on oneself (e.g., Dunn, Aknin, & Norton, 2008, 2014). These findings have received widespread attention because they offer insight into why people engage in costly prosocial... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2020 at Providentia
Even as an opioid epidemic continues to grip Canada with over 15,000 overdose deaths since January, 2016, a company based in Halifax is planning to roll out automated drug dispensary machines to selected sites across the country. Strongly resembling ATMs,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2020 at Providentia
Even after police arrested 51-year-old Ed Gein on November 17, 1957, his Plainfield, Wisconsin neighbours likely failed to realize that their lives would never be the same again. While Gein had a reputation for being anweird loner, he was still... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2020 at Providentia
In November 1565, a married teenaged girl named Nicole Aubrey (also spelled Obry) began experiencing physical torments that she claimed had been brought on by a vision of her dead grandfather. A native of Vervins, France, the fifteen-year-old Nicole had... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2020 at Providentia
During the COVID-19, psychotherapists are often exposed to traumatic material in their sessions, potentially leading to vicarious traumatization. In a recent study published in the journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, researchers questioned 339 therapists about their professional... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2020 at Providentia
t's become a familiar sight following disasters (both natural and man-made). Immediately after the disaster occurs, counsellors are often brought on the scene to engage in psychological debriefing designed to minimize the impact of traumatic experiences on those affected. Still,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2020 at Providentia
On July 26, 1980, 32-year-old Eloisa Ballesteros was shot to death as she lay sleeping in her bed. Her killer was her estranged husband, 35-year-old Marcio Stanciolli, with whom she was living in their expensive mansion in Belo Horizonte, Brazil... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2020 at Providentia
It should have been a routine night at the temporary prisoner of war camp that had been set up at the end of Main Street in Salina, Utah. Two months following Germany's formal surrender on May 7, 1945, the 250... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2020 at Providentia
Mobile health applications (apps) are considered to complement traditional psychological treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, the use for clinical practice and quality of available apps is unknown. A new study published in the European Journal of Psychotraumatology examines... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2020 at Providentia
A U.K. businessman has been sentenced to sixteen months in prison over a bizarre revenge plot aimed at a prominent Chepstow dentist, Dr. Ian Hutchison. Thomas Baddeley, 42, was rrested by police after being spotted sitting in a car in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2020 at Providentia
Being a strong and independent woman can be hard even today. So you can imagine the kind of difficulties women had to deal with back in the late nineteenth century. Especially one particular woman named Yda Hillis Addis and the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2020 at Providentia