New details from Pistorius' psychiatric report revealed in court
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 01:34
New report says ''bladerunner'' Oscar Pistorius shows signs of post traumatic stress disorder, and depression, but did not suffer from a mental disorder at the time of his alleged crime. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Oscar Pistorius is suffering from post traumatic stress and depression. He also shows signs of being suicidal. These were some of the new details to emerge from a mental health report about the famed runner.
In court on Wednesday, Prosecutor Gerrie Nel emphasized another key detail.
SOUNDBITE: Prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, saying:
"The accused presents with an adjustment disorder, with mixed anxiety, and depressed mood that developed after the alleged incident at the time of the alleged offenses. The accused did not suffer from a mental disorder or a mental defect that affected his ability to distinguish between the rightful and wrongful nature of his deeds, a mental disorder, a mental defect did not affect his ability to act in accordance with the set appreciation of the rightful or wrongful nature of his deeds."
The Pistorius defense team has sought to portray him as a vulnerable individual who killed his girlfriend accidentally after mistaking her for an intruder.
They called Dr. Wayne Derman, a sports medicine expert who worked with him at the 2012 Paralympics to the stand.
He described Pistorius as an anxious individual who demonstrated signs of psychological distress before the incident.
SOUNDBITE: Defense Witness, Dr. Wayne Derman, saying:
"Patients who suffer from fear disorders such as simple phobias, not surprisingly, these patients exhibit exaggerated startle responses when confronted with their feared object."
The trial, which began in March, took a month-long break to allow the 27-year-old to undergo mental health evaluations after a defense witness said Pistorius had an anxiety disorder.
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