Oscar Pistorius Has Anxiety Disorder, Defense Psychiatrist Says During Murder Trial – Cbs News

My anxiety disorder is a “gift” from the person who raped me and tried to take my life, combined with a (separate) abusive relationship. It is thought that genetics can play a role if you have a close relative with generalised anxiety disorder , it is five times more likely that you, too, will experience anxiety at some point. Trauma, domestic violence, child abuse and bullying can trigger GAD, as can drug or alcohol misuse and long-term painful health conditions such as arthritis. Trying to get help isn’t easy. However, if my experiences sound familiar, do talk to your GP. If you don’t ask for help, you will be dealing with it on your own so you might as well create some light at the end of the tunnel. Anxiety is not something you can snap out of.
Source: Living with anxiety is hard, but there are coping mechanisms | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Pistorius has said he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake last year, fearing that there was an intruder in his home when he fired through a closed toilet door in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013. The prosecution says he killed her intentionally after an argument. Psychiatrist Dr. Merryll Vorster said 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.” “Overall, Mr. Pistorius appears to be a mistrustful and guarded person,” Vorster testified. She said the Olympic athlete displayed “escalating levels of anxiety” through his life when she interviewed him this month.
Source: Oscar Pistorius has anxiety disorder, defense psychiatrist says during murder trial – CBS News


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