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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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There are certain headlines that just naturally draw the eye. And, ao it was on November 6, 1892 in newspapers across the United States when readers saw a story with the following heading: "HUMAN VAMPIRE Horrible Practices of a Deranged... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Providentia
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By 1895, Sigmund Freud's theories of psychoanalysis and the unconscious were still in the formative stage but his revolutionary "talking cure" for treating neurosis had already made him well-known. It seemed only natural that 27-year old Emma Eckstein should seek... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
The Internet has partly displaced traditional offline meeting venues for partners. A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences examines whether meeting online is selective, i.e., whether there are differences in Big Five personality traits and sociodemographic... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
What makes movies that are sad or scary so popular? For that matter, why do people enjoy roller-coasters, bungee jumping, or any of the countless other activities that seem to serve no purpose except to make people feel terrified, however... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
They're known by many names across Afghanistan. Whether they're called "haunted," "crazy", "stupid", or "idiots", people suffering from mental illness have few options for treatment. In the Afghan city of Jalalabad, for example, families often leave their mentally ill relatives... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
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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 7 days ago at Providentia
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A Shocking and Senseless Crime. On April 18, 1936, an unidentified intruder (referred to as a "degenerate" in newspaper coverage of the crime) entered a home in Pueblo, Colorado through an unlocked door. The owners of the house were not... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2019 at Providentia
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common risk factor for later neurodegeneration, which can manifest as dementia. Despite this, little is known about the time-course of development of functional deficits, particularly cognitive and neuropsychiatric impairments, and whether these differ depending... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Providentia
While Taiwan made legal history on May 1... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Providentia
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Life wasn't easy for older men in a pre-Viagra era. Which is what make the various "cures" being offered by men of science of the time so appealing. Though aphrodisiacs to enhance libido have been reported since ancient times, these... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 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 May 31, 2019 at Providentia
Although the Internet provides a variety of news, it also can give confusion caused by personal subjective thoughts such as personal TV, blogs, and unproven news. The unproven news is written in a subjective direction with added personal opinions rather... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Providentia
Months after a vicious hammer attack on an Aurora, Colorado mental health worker, the former patient accused of the attack pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in Arapahoe County District Court, according to prosecutors. The victim, 59-year-old Svetlana Martinez,... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Providentia
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The Murder of Dr. Robert Wade Brown 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... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2019 at Providentia
Passion is one great force that releases creativity, because if you're passionate about something, you're more willing to take risks. Yo-Yo Ma Is there a link between creativity and romantic passion? A new research article published in the Journal of... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2019 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 May 24, 2019 at Providentia
The concept of aphasia was first described as Yin Pai (most probably apoplexy aphasia) in the Yellow Emperor’s Internal Classic, which is the first medical classic and the origin of traditional Chinese medicine theory. A new article published in the... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Providentia
A California court has sentenced an Argentinian man to two years in prison for a "witchcraft extortion scheme" involving hundreds of victims around the world. In what was referred to as "a despicable scheme that preyed upon people who put... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Providentia
It was in the summer of 1998 when a Russian doctor was asked to examine an elderly patient at a hospital in Kazan (450 miles east of Moscow). Aside from the name under which he had been admitted, Andras Tamas,... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2019 at Providentia
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In 1995, a 14-year boy, Sandy Charles, lured a 7-year old acquaintance into some bushes near their homes in the town of La Ronge in northern Saskatchewan under the pretext of playing a baseball game with him. With the help... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2019 at Providentia
Confessions are commonplace. Even when embarrassing or otherwise damaging, we seem intrinsically motivated to open up to others and confess mistakes we have made. Although there may be many reasons one might choose to disclose one’s “sins,” very little is... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Providentia
Bullying, in all its forms, can be emotionally devastating for anyone who experiences it. But what happens if the bullying is taking place right at home? With an estimated 85 percent of all children grow up with at least one... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Providentia
A Malawi High Court sentenced a 28-year-old man who confessed to the murder of a 19-year-old albino teenage as part of an alleged scheme to become wealthy by witchcraft. During the trial, the court heard testimony that the accused had... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Providentia
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Howard Dully was only twelve years old when he underwent a lobotomy that would change his life. "I didn't realize how barbaric it was until later in my life," he would relate in a 2008 media interview. "As a kid,... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Providentia
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Long before the coming of Prohibition in 1920, there was the temperance movement. Taking its name from the Greek writer Xenophon's definition of temperance as "moderation from all things healthful; abstinence from all things harmful", temperance groups in Europe and... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Providentia