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. The psychiatrist in question, Dr Leon Fine, had not yet signed the report, according to eNCAs website .
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What are the symptoms of panic disorder? The most significant symptoms of this disorder are the symptoms of panic attack – and the fear of those attacks. Panic attack symptoms are similar to our body’s normal responses to dangers and threats, like increased heart rate, sweating, or shortness of breath. But in panic attacks, there is no actual threat to justify the response. Learn more about common panic attack symptoms . What are the causes and risk factors of panic disorder? A cause of panic disorder has not been conclusively proven, though genetics may affect your risk. Women and those in their 20s or 30s may be at higher risk, but panic disorder can happen to anyone at any age and can come out of nowhere or following a traumatic or stressful life event.
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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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