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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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It was on a Sunday night in February, 1726 when constables descended on a notorious establishment in Holborn to raid what was then one of the most infamous "molly-houses" in London. Approximately forty patrons were taken into custody. Given the... Continue reading
Posted 34 minutes ago at Providentia
Observations indicating a link between psychosocial stress and cancer can be traced back almost 2 millennia. However, the pathways and mechanisms interconnecting them has only been elucidated in more detail since the end of the 20th century. Importantly, recently accumulated... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Providentia
"It was absolutely terrible, the feeling of being completely helpless and powerless to do anything. I couldn’t go to see him in the hospital. We just had to sit at home and wait for a call once a day. I... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Providentia
It was in the autumn of 1572, following a rash of animal attacks in the woods near Dole, France, that the local peasants were authorized to seek out the werewolf assumed to be responsible. There were few actual sightings of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Providentia
Robert Baldwin is a familiar name to Canadian schoolchildren. He continues to be remembered as a bold political reformer and one of the architects of the first responsible government in Canadian history. Despite his prominence in Canadian political history, Baldwin's... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Providentia
Baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) and cerebral autoregulation (CA) play an important role in maintaining constant cerebral blood flow (CBF) during systemic changes in blood pressure (BP). Impaired BRS and CA have been reported in acute traumatic brain injury (TBI) which may... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2020 at Providentia
Clinical zoanthropy, or the delusional belief of becoming an animal, has a long and colourful history. For example, the Book of Daniel in the Bible mentions King Nebuchadnezzar II who was cursed by God for his pride. As a result,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2020 at Providentia
On January 13, 1949, 42-year-old Margaret Allen was hanged at Strangeways Prison (now the HM Prison Manchester). Not only did this make her the first woman to be hanged in the United Kingdom in 19 years, but the very circumstances... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Providentia
It began in February 1778 when Ensign Anthony Maxwell faced a court-martial after being charged with "propagating a scandalous report prejudicial to the character" of Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin, an officer in General Washington's Continental Army. According to Maxwell's report,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at Providentia
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common psychiatric disorder that can be chronic and debilitating if not properly treated. Current first-line treatments for OCD include cognitive-behavioral therapy with exposure and response prevention (CBT) and serotonin uptake inhibitor medications (SRI); however, these... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Providentia
It's hard to think of the right word to describe Emmanuel Swedenborg. Complex doesn't even come close. Born in 1688, Emmanuel Swedenborg's father was a bishop who often claimed to see spirits and made claims of miraculous cures (he also... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Providentia
Camille Claudel was, without a doubt, one of the most brilliant artists of her generation. And she paid the price for it. Born in 1864 in Fere en Tardenois in the French province of Picardy, Camille was the second child... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at Providentia
Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the creation of human-like intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and imitate intelligent human behavior. Among the various AI devices available to consumers, the most prevalent is an intelligent personal assistant... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Providentia
He could often be seen leaving his mother's Greenwich Village apartment, dressed either in a bathrobe and pajamas, or in a windbreaker and shabby trousers, but the sight of the two bodyguards accompanying Vincent Gigante at all times, ensured that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2020 at Providentia
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 Sep 25, 2020 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 Sep 25, 2020 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 Sep 24, 2020 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 Sep 22, 2020 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 Sep 20, 2020 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