Romeo Vitelli
Romeo Vitelli received his doctorate in Psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario in 1987. He spent 15 years as a staff psychologist in Millbrook Correctional Centre, a maximum-security prison run by the Ontario government. In 2003, he successfully escaped prison and went into full-time private practice. His book, The Everything Guide to Overcoming PTSD is now available in bookstores everywhere.

He is a disaster management volunteer with the Red Cross and an active blogger. Check out his blog Providentia.

Entries by Romeo Vitelli

Employees Affected By The Recession Are Drinking More

(3) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 3:20 PM

The Great Recession, which officially began in December 2007, has had a devastating impact on the world's economy. Along with the spectacular collapse of financial markets and mass layoffs, workers in many industries are plagued by job uncertainty and financial worries.

While the recession technically ended in 2009, lingering...

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Can We Prevent School Shootings?

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 7:03 PM

The December 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that claimed the lives of twenty children and six adults shocked the world. The call for greater school safety following this tragedy led to virtually every state legislature in the United States introducing new laws to make schools...

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Why We Need To Let People in Gaza Know That Their Community Is Waiting to Help

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands of mortar and missile attacks directed against the southern part of Israel, particularly the Gaza area. Most of the attacks have been directed against urban centres, including the town of Sderot, and the smaller agricultural communities such as kibbutzim and moshavim. While these...

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Cynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your Health

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 6:24 PM

As the average lifespan of people in most industrialized countries slowly increases, we are seeing a sharp rise in new cases of dementia. According to World Health Organization forecasts, there are already the equivalent of 7.7 million new dementia patientss diagnosed every year and the number of new...

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How Similar Are Humans to Chimpanzees and Orangutans?

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:46 PM

Do nonhuman primates (such as chimpanzees and orangutans) have personalities? And how similar are these personality to humans who share an evolutionary history with them?

Research looking at personality in humans has identified what is known as the Five-Factor Model of Personality with five broad personality factors describing...

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How Do We Help Drone Operators Facing Burnout?

(4) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:52 PM

With the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF), drones have become a vital part of the U.S. military's operations in different parts of the world. Controlled either by onboard computers or remote operated by operators on the ground, drones can provide reconnaissance, surveillance, or...

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What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 1:58 PM

While I was growing up in a small village of about 250 people, I was abused by my father, my friends, and my older brother....My friends didn't want to hear what I went through. I didn't have anyone to talk to. I didn't trust anyone, even myself. I know...

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These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before Tragedy Strikes

(11) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 7:48 PM

Following any act of terrorism by a single individual, whether it involves bombings, shootings, or other form of violence, there are always questions that are asked afterward. These questions include whether the offender was acting alone or belonged to a larger group, whether mental illness was involved, or what could...

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Your Walking Speed Predicts Whether or Not You'll Get Dementia

(1) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 9:39 AM

A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a simple test measuring how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints can predict later problems with dementia. The study was conducted by researchers at Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Centre. Looking at...

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Why We Need Mandatory Psychological Tests For Foreign Adoptive Parents

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:57 PM

When two-year-old Maxim Kichigin was adopted out of an orphanage in Russia's far east in 2012, it should have marked the beginning of a new life for him. Instead, the boy, whose name had been changed to Maxim Maravalle, was strangled to death on July 17 of this year at...

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The Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 1:43 PM

In a recent news conference over the ongoing kidnapping crisis in Nigeria, the national chairman of the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association has stated that at least seven parents of kidnapped girls have died due to trauma. According to Dr. Pogu Bitrus, delays in the government response to...

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Do You Know About This Mysterious Sleeping Epidemic?

(3) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 7:00 PM

I was milking cows, as usual, early in the morning, and fell asleep. 'I remember nothing at all, only that when I came round I was in a hospital ward, and the nurses smiled and me, and said: "Welcome back sleeping princess, you've finally woken up.What else do I...
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Why Smoking 'Skunk' Cannabis May Lead to Early Psychosis

(5) Comments | Posted January 25, 2014 | 6:25 PM

A recent study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin suggests that daily use of high-potency cannabis can lead to chronic users experiencing their first psychotic episode earlier than they otherwise would. A team of researchers led by Dr. Maria Di Forti at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College in...

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What Makes Suicides Newsworthy?

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 12:47 PM

Is suicide really contagious? Ever since the publication of Johann von Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther in 1774 led to a rash suicides, the existence of the "Werther effect" has been supported by numerous research studies. Well into the 20th century, high-profile suicides involving celebrities...

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Even Beloved Comic Character Beetle Bailey Battles PTSD

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Beetle Bailey fans have never seen anything quite like it.

Running steadily since 1950, the comic strip by Mort Walker -- which features the misadventures of a rather under-motivated private and his perennial clashes with his arch-nemesis, Sergeant Snorkel -- has focused on the funny side of life in...

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Don't Be Fooled By Phishers, Fraudsters, and Scammers

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2013 | 8:59 AM

"Every year, Americans lose about 40 billion dollars in telemarketing fraud and they lose another 100 billion dollars a year in fraud in general."

In his talk at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry convention held in Nashville, Tennessee last October, Anthony Pratkanis had no problem...

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What Marilyn Monroe Taught Us About Suicide Notes

(4) Comments | Posted March 2, 2013 | 12:45 AM

The death of movie actress Marilyn Monroe on August 5, 1962 is still controversial despite being ruled a "probable suicide" by Los Angeles coroner Thomas Noguchi. While the cause of death was due to acute barbiturate poisoning and Monroe had made previous suicide attempts using prescription drugs in...

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Why Are so Many Veterans in Prison?

(4) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 11:16 AM

Following what is quickly becoming a nation-wide trend in the U.S., the Indian Creek Correctional Center in Chesapeake, Virginia, recently opened a veterans-only dorm to house prisoners who are former soldiers. In dedicating the new wing, state correctional officials announced that they hoped that the veterans-only facility will...

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Should Canada Be Getting Tough on Crime?

(6) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 10:31 AM

Since 2006 when Prime Minister Stephen Harper first took office, his governing party has passed numerous bills designed to reinforce his "tough on crime" approach. Stressing that crime in Canada was on the rise and strong countermeasures were needed to keep offenders in prison longer, the bills passed into law...

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Could This Computer Game Save Your Kids From Fire?

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2012 | 6:10 PM

How safe are your children if a fire breaks out?

While statistics from the United States Fire Administration show that fire is the third leading cause of unintentional injury in children under the age of 14, at least 40 per cent of all fire-related injuries involve children under...

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