Psychiatrist: Oscar Pistorius Has ‘anxiety Disorder’

People with panic disorder are fearful of having another attack and often avoid places where previous attacks have occurred. As their attacks become more frequent, their world gets smaller and smaller. About 6 million adult Americans suffer from varying degrees of panic disorder, with women being twice as likely to suffer from this mental health issue as men. While it can occur at any age, panic disorder commonly begins during late adolescence and early adulthood. Causes of panic disorder While researchers have not determined a specific cause of panic disorder in some individuals, many believe it is a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Family history seems to play a large role in determining who will suffer from a panic disorder. Researchers have identified several parts of the brain that are involved in fear and anxiety. Some scientists believe that people with panic disorder have an abnormality that causes them to misinterpret benign sensations as threats, causing their fear reaction to go into overdrive.
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The state contends he shot her during an argument. Vorster told the court she looked at the defences version of what happened, but said she would not be able to say which version the court would accept. Anxiety disorder and the vulnerability She said she did not look at the states version. She was given a transcript of Pistoriuss version but did not go through it because it is not necessarily the version that the court would accept. Nel asked Vorster if the states version would affect her view or diagnosis. No it wouldnt have made a difference because the diagnosis stays constant. Two factors that are constant is the anxiety disorder and the vulnerability [of Pistorius], she said. Nel asked whether a person with general anxiety disorder would be anxious in a fight. Vorster said yes, more so than normal people. Because the individual would be anxious about losing a relationship.
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Merryll Vorster testified Monday that events during Pistorius’ life, including the amputation of his lower legs as a baby and his late mother’s habit of sleeping with a gun under her pillow, contributed to his “increasing stress.” Pistorius’ defense said it would show his feelings of “vulnerability” contributed to him shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake last year fearing she was an intruder hiding in a toilet cubicle in his home. Prosecutors say Pistorius killed Steenkamp intentionally after an argument. The Olympian is charged with premeditated murder. Vorster said she interviewed Pistorius and some of his family members and friends. Also on HuffPost: Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day.. Facebook
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