Oscar Pistorius Has Anxiety Disorder, Defense Psychiatrist Says During Murder Trial – Cbs News

Judge Thokozile Masipa has not yet ruled on the request. Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said he had no other option but to ask for a study of Pistorius’ mental health following testimony by a psychiatrist, who said the Olympic runner’s anxiety could have shaped the way he responded to perceived threats . The chief prosecutor grilled Oscar Pistorius about the moment he learned his girlfriend was dead. CBS News contributor Debora Patta reports from … Pistorius has said he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake last year, fearing that there was an intruder in his home when he fired through a closed toilet door in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. The prosecution says he killed her intentionally after an argument.
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Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment | Psych Central

Social phobia is characterized by a persistent fear of social situations or performance situations (such as public speaking) where embarrassment might occur. While both psychotherapy and medications have been shown to be effective in the treatment of social anxiety disorder, a combination approach to treatment utilizing both at the same time may be the most timely and beneficial. While some people may find relief from some social anxiety symptoms through trying simple self-help techniques , most people with a diagnosed social phobia condition will need professional treatment in order to overcome it. Psychotherapy for Social Anxiety Psychotherapy is a very effective method of treatment for social anxiety disorder. Specifically, cognitive behavioral treatments which include techniques such as exposure therapy, cognitive restructuring without exposure, exposure therapy with cognitive restructuring, and social skills training appear to be highly effective in treatment social anxiety, in a time-limited manner. Most cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can be administered within 16 sessions (usually one session per week).
Source: Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment | Psych Central

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