Oscar Trial: An Anxiety Disorder Or Convenient Defence? | Indepthafrica

Three psychiatrists and a clinical psychologist were tasked to determine whether his state of mind and disability had an effect on him when he shot Ms Steenkamp. South Africas eNCA broadcaster earlier reported that the psychiatrists heart attack may have caused a delay in the handing over of the Paralympians psychiatric evaluation report. The psychiatrist in question, Dr Leon Fine, had not yet signed the report, according to eNCAs website . The prosecution had argued the tests were essential after forensic psychiatrist Merryll Vorster, who diagnosed the athlete with Gad, told the court he was a danger to society. The defence vigorously opposed the move. The court in Pretoria is expected to hear the outcome of the medical tests when the trial resumes on Monday. South Africas eNCA broadcaster earlier reported that the psychiatrists heart attack may have caused a delay in the handing over of the Paralympians psychiatric evaluation report. The psychiatrist in question, Dr Leon Fine, had not yet signed the report, according to eNCAs website .
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Under Pressure: What Is a Panic Attack?

Oscar Trial: An anxiety disorder or convenient defence? By IAfrica Catch Live Results, Fixtures & Standings from the FIFA World Cup 2014 here! South Africa Saturday 28 June 2014 2:08pm For LIVE STREAMING, news, views, tweets, pics and LIVE blogging go to: http://www.enca.com/oscartrial PRETORIA Oscar Pistoriuss murder trial resumes on Monday in the North Gauteng High Court. The paralympian has spent the past 30 days undergoing a mental health evaluation at the Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital, after an expert witness for the defence, diagnosed Pistorius with Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Judge Thokozile Masipa sent Pistorius for psychiatric observation on an outpatient basis to determine whether his state of mind played any part in Reeva Steenkamps fatal shooting on Valentines Day last year. Four specialists are responsible for a report that will determine whether Pistorius was criminally responsible for the shooting or whether his anxiety disorder resulted in him having diminished capacity. There are three possible scenarios that could emerge from this report. The first is that the psychiatric panel might declare Pistorius does have a mental illness that renders him incapable of being able to determine the difference between right and wrong.
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“You might feel anxious about work-related problems, taking a big exam, or making an important decision. But someone who suffers from panic disorder may react to those same moderate pressures with an exaggerated physical reaction-as if he or she were about to be attacked by a wild tiger or fall from a great height. It’s full-on, adrenaline-pumping, fight-or-flight response.” For this very reason, Rothbaum says, panic attacks are doubly frightening. “Because there is no real danger that provokes them, these episodes can happen anytime, anywhere”-including while walking down the street, dining out with a group of friends, grocery shopping-even sleeping, according to the National Institute of Mental Health . Over time, many who suffer panic attacks develop an on-going fear of having another attack. This fear can severely hamper daily activities and overall quality of life. Some people refuse to leave their houses or to put themselves in situations that remind them of their previous attacks. Agoraphobia (a fear of being outside of known and safe surroundings) or other mental problems may follow.
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