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Romeo Vitelli

Psychologist in private practice

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.
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Can We Prevent School Shootings?

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 safer.
05/14/2015 06:03 EDT
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How Do We Help Drone Operators Facing Burnout?

Despite the high rates of exhaustion and cynicism in drone operators, only a very small percentage of drone operators met the formal criteria for occupational burnout or viewed themselves as being ineffective at their jobs. The exhausting schedules that drone operators need to follow are definitely cause for concern due to the increased risk of mishaps during drone missions.
10/20/2014 12:52 EDT
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These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before Tragedy Strikes

Lone-acting offenders were far more likely to have a history of mental illness than offenders who had been part of a group. Lone-actors with mental illness were also more likely to have a spouse or partner who was part of a larger movement (making them more vulnerable to outside influences) and to have parents who were divorced. Though offenders acting alone are often characterized as being "loners" without any real sources of emotional support, that doesn't appear to be the case.
08/31/2014 09:44 EDT

How Fast You Walk Might Predict Whether You'll Get Dementia

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 developed assesment will potentially allow for many more people to know whether they are at risk without complex testing.
07/31/2014 08:39 EDT
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The Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims

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 free the girls has taken a toll on parents as a result.
07/07/2014 12:43 EDT
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Do You Know About This Mysterious Sleeping Epidemic?

Along with the inhabitants of Kalachi, the few remaining residents of the nearby town of Krasnogorsk, Russia have also been reporting sleeping episodes lasting as long as six days. Krasnogorsk, which was once home to more than 6500 people during the boom period during the U.S.S.R., when the nearby uranium mine was operated in secret by the Soviet government.
06/05/2014 06:00 EDT
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Why Smoking 'Skunk' Cannabis May Lead to Early Psychosis

They also found that patients who started smoking cannabis at age 15 or younger preferred to smoke high-potency "skunk" cannabis rather than lower potency "hash" type cannabis. The earliest onset of psychotic episodes occurred in males who have been smoking high-potency cannabis on a daily basis -- on average, their first psychotic episode occurred six years earlier than for non-users.
01/25/2014 06:25 EST
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What Makes Suicides Newsworthy?

Is suicide really contagious? Along with celebrity suicides, research has linked copycat deaths to news stories describing specific locations and/or methods of committing suicide that increases the likelihood of vulnerable people killing themselves in the same way. However, looking at the data on a per-country basis reveals a different story about how suicide is reported, and why.
09/10/2013 12:12 EDT
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Don't Be Fooled By Phishers, Fraudsters, and Scammers

In a recent court decision, a British judge sentenced three members of a phishing gang to heavy prison time after a British woman lost her entire life savings (US$1.6-million) through a phishing scam. Staying vigilant and asking questions about those "too good to be true" deals is critical.
05/27/2013 02:07 EDT

What Marilyn Monroe Taught Us About Suicide Notes

But could Marilyn Monroe's own writings provide clues about her suicidal intentions? Many of the letters, poems, and personal notes that Monroe wrote in the years leading up to her death were recently collected in a single book, Marilyn Monroe's Fragments. Her writings have only recently become available for serious study by suicide researchers.
03/02/2013 12:06 EST
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Why Are so Many Veterans in Prison?

Increasing numbers of military veterans are entering the U.S. prison system. Why? A recent study highlights the important role that anger can play in how well veterans reintegrate into society after traumatic tours of duty -- and how likely they are to run into problems in prison, if that's where they end up.
12/28/2012 05:28 EST
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Should Canada Be Getting Tough on Crime?

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. There is no real evidence of a crime "epidemic" and the current direction the federal government is taking will not reduce crime or protect the public.
11/09/2012 12:18 EST
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Could This Computer Game Save Your Kids From Fire?

Could an interactive computer game teach younger children about how to stay safe in a fire? An interactive computer game titled "The Great Escape" was developed by Winnipeg firefighter Shane Ferguson as part of the Staying Alive program. Ferguson had created the program and game as a tribute to five-year old Laura Johnson. He had been one of first responders of the scene to discover her body after she died of smoke inhalation in a 1998 house fire.
10/18/2012 05:19 EDT