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

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.
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Pistorius psychiatrist suffers heart attack | citifmonline

But this is not expected to delay the trial, which resumes on Monday, the prosecution say. Mr Pistorius is due to complete a 30-day psychiatric assessment on Friday. The judge in his trial ordered the tests after a defence witness said the double amputee was suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Gad). Mr Pistorius denies intentionally killing his girlfriend and says he accidentally shot her through the toilet door on Valentines Day last year in a state of panic, mistaking the 29-year-old model and law graduate for an intruder. Mr Pistorius checked in as a day patient to Pretorias Weskoppies psychiatric hospital on 26 May, where he has been assessed by a team of health experts for seven hours a day. 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.
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Do you have Generalized Anxiety Disorder? | A Healthier Michigan

However, in some people, these seemingly natural concerns might actually be a serious issue for your health and well-being. Thats why its so important to know: When does everyday stress turn into anxiety that needs to be addressed? The answer is: When it becomes something called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterized by persistent, excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday things. It affects 6.8 million adults, and women are twice as likely as men to have it. People who suffer from GAD expect the worst. They usually know theyre worrying way more than is necessary, but cant shake the feeling that something horrible is going to happen. To receive an official diagnosis of GAD, people must meet the following criteria established by the American Psychiatric Association: Excessive anxiety or worry about several events or activities most days of the week for at least six months Difficulty controlling your feelings of worry Anxiety or worry that causes you significant stress or interferes with your daily life Anxiety that isnt related to another mental health condition, such as panic attacks, substance abuse or post-traumatic stress disorder At least three of the following symptoms in adults and one of the following in children: restlessness, fatigue, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension or sleep problems You should see your doctor if you have the above symptoms and if stress starts to interfere with your work, relationships or other parts of your life.
Read More: Do you have Generalized Anxiety Disorder? | A Healthier Michigan

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