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 . 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.
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How to Survive a Panic Attack | Maria Senise
Read the Anxiety Disorders article > > Panic attacks are truly terrifying and can happen without warning or reason, causing sudden fear and extreme nervousness for 10 minutes or more. Physical symptoms intensify the attack: sweating, racing heart, rapid pulse, feeling faint or as if one is choking, and-perhaps worst of all-the sense of “going crazy.” These attacks are a symptom of panic disorder , a type of anxiety disorder that affects some 2.4 million U.S. adults. The disorder most often begins during the late teens and early adulthood and strikes twice as many American women as men. No one knows what causes panic disorder, though researchers suspect a combination of biological and environmental factors, including family history (panic disorder seems to run in families), stressful life events, drug and alcohol abuse , and thinking patterns that exaggerate normal physical reactions. What happens, exactly?
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Preparation or having “safety blankets” provides a sense of security that can greatly aid you in the midst of panic. For me, my sense of security involves me always having a bottle of water handy, mints or hard candy to calm me, along with my appropriate medication. Simply knowing that I have my “safety blankets” helps to alleviate the onset of an impending attack or alleviate the attack itself. Mind you, these tips are coping mechanisms to use in those desperate moments of a panic attack, but there are things we can do to prevent these attacks from happening in the first place. Practicing meditation, mindfulness, and yoga are instrumental in developing a sense of inner peace. Therapy and medication if needed and prescribed your physician helps in managing the anxiety. Exercise and eating healthy keeps your body and thus your mind strong. Most importantly, self-care needs to be a priority.
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