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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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"I need to burn the house down and get the evil out" When 56-year-old Gareth Brookes said these words to his family, they took it as a further indication of his deteriorating mental health. But, on October 29, 2018, after... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Providentia
It all began with a vision. At least, that's what Edward Arthur Wilson told his followers. Born in Birmingham, England in 1878, Wilson's early life seems to be a mystery. While he drifted from job to job, his chronic health... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Providentia
Since the comic book format was first introduced in 1934, start-up companies featuring legendary talents such as Will Eisner, Jack Kirby, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson quickly established themselves. Throughout the late 1930s and 1940s, comic books sales boomed with... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Providentia
Cheater detection, which is a prerequisite for the evolution of social cooperation, has been successfully simulated in laboratory settings. However, the process has not been perfect because the detection rate has usually been just above chance. A study recently published... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Ten days after disappearing from the Texas home she shared with her daughter, a dementia patient was found alive deep in a woodland area nearby. Linda Field, 62, was reported missing by her daughter after leaving their Jacinto County home... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Despite being one of Lafayette, Indiana's most well-known landmarks and the site of that city's first hotel, the Lahr House Hotel has another claim to fame which is far more macabre. When a guest named James Moon first checked into... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Providentia
Recent terrorist attacks have increased the need to examine the public's response to such threats. A study recently published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior focuses on the content of Twitter messages related to the 2016 terrorist attack on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Providentia
“I still recall the scene vividly,” says 61-year-old Mumbai psychiatrist Dr Bharat Vatwani. “My wife, Smitha – also a psychiatrist – and I, watched from across the street.” What they witnessed was a young man on a Mumbai street who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2019 at Providentia
Is it possible to teach a chimpanzee how to communicate with humans? With stories of "feral children" being reported in India and the popularity of books such as Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book and Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Providentia
Formed through an presidential order on June 13, 1942, the United States was intended to replace the intelligence gathering operations run by different military and executive departments with a single, centralized operation to aid the American war effort. While... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Providentia
A study recently published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry assessed gains related to working memory (WM) training, in the short and long term (9 months after the training), in abilities required in everyday life, and in cognitive measures... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at Providentia
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) refers to the medical use of oxygen at a much higher pressure than the 1,013.25 mbars which represents the normal atmospheric pressure at sea level. Since being first introduced in the 19th century, hyperbaric oxygen treatment... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 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 Sep 22, 2019 at Providentia
The publication of Richard Krafft-Ebbing's masterwork Psychopathia Sexualis in 1886 represented a landmark in thinking about human sexuality and the bizarre forms that it can take. In addition to describing different types of sexual expression that the author regarded as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at Providentia
Evidence is accumulating for the possibility to distinguish more than two distinct chronotypes, i.e., people would be neither morning nor intermediate nor evening types. In a new study published in the journal, Personality and Individual Differences, researchers tried to establish... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at Providentia
Despite being the second most populous country in the world and having an estimated 150 million people in need of mental health care, the lack of available treatment has left India in crisis. According to a report by the World... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at Providentia
On October 17, 1872, Major Harry Larkyns received an unexpected visitor. A well-known bon vivant, drama critic, and traveler, Larkyns certainly had his share of friends (and enemies) dropping in on him without prior warning. Still, given that he was... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2019 at Providentia
On May 1, 1879, Charles F. Freeman plunged a knife into his five-year-old daughter, Edith, apparently believing that it was God's will. As his wife would later testify, he then walked the room with her dead body as he prayed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at Providentia
The Own-Race Bias (ORB) is the ability to better recognize and categorize a face when the depicted person belongs to the observer’s ethnicity group. The relationship between the ORB and hemispheric asymmetries has been poorly explored, and a study recently... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at Providentia
Should someone suffering from dementia be allowed to reconsider euthanasia? A Netherlands court is currently embroiled in controversy while trying to decide that very question in a landmark case. After passing one of the first assisted dying laws in 2002,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Providentia
Of all the prominent English artists who came to international attention during the reign of Queen Victoria, Richard Dadd was definitely is in a class by himself. Still, it was the brutal murder he committed and his subsequent career as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Providentia
It's still the oldest psychiatric hospital in Europe. And the most notorious. Beginning as a priory for the New Order of St. Mary of Bethlehem in the 13th century, it wasn't until the dawn of the 15th century that Bethlem... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Providentia
A new study published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior analyzed tweets from handles associated with the Russian Internet Research Agency in an effort to better understand the tactics employed by that organization on the social media platform Twitter... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Providentia
Even for hardened police officers, it must have been a grisly sight. Responding to a 911 call on August 15, 2016, sheriff's deputies arrived at the Jupiter, Florida home shared by 59-year-old John Stevens III and 53-year-old Michelle Mishcon. There,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Providentia
There is a burgeoning interest in the effects of odor exposure on autobiographical memory in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A new study in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology examines the effect of odor exposure on the retrieval of recent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2019 at Providentia