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Psychiatrist: Pistorius has 'anxiety disorder'

May. 12, 2014 6:48 AM EDT

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - A psychiatrist called by Oscar Pistorius' defense lawyers at his murder trial has testified that she believes the celebrated double-amputee athlete has an "anxiety disorder."

Dr. Merryll Vorster testified Monday that 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."

Pistorius' defense said it would show his feelings of "vulnerability" contributed to him shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp by mistake last year fearing she was an intruder hiding in a toilet cubicle in his home. Prosecutors say Pistorius killed Steenkamp intentionally after an argument. The Olympian is charged with premeditated murder.

Vorster said she interviewed Pistorius and some of his family members and friends.

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Rick May 12 2014 at 12:16 PM

obviously killing someone needs an excuse thus a disorder......Is any one responsible for what they do?....Just look at the government..no one is responsible....no one gets fired and when asked to answer.....delay the answer and it will all go away. What a model for our youth.....shame on us all for letting this happen

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Laura Rick May 12 2014 at 1:35 PM

You do realize that he lives in South Africa, right?

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tropicalriderceo May 12 2014 at 2:43 PM

they calling 'murderer' a disorder now?

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Joy May 12 2014 at 2:45 PM

blah blah blah... another spoiled boy with a temper and trying to find excuses...

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teeveequeen Joy May 12 2014 at 3:03 PM

Kinda like the Obama & his misfit Admin ... LOL LOL LOL

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netecutli May 12 2014 at 2:51 PM

So now he will admit he shot the girlfriend and not an imagined intruder?

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summertimemarilyn May 12 2014 at 2:54 PM

Not everyone with an anxiety disorder shoots and kills......he was shooting in a restaurant
and outside his car and now his girlfriend is dead....lock him up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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wk2hrd May 12 2014 at 2:58 PM

Yes he has anxiety, that he is going to jail for killing his girlfriend.

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teeveequeen May 12 2014 at 3:00 PM

Duh ... anxiety over KILLING his girlfriend!!!

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beasmommom May 12 2014 at 3:14 PM

Gee, Oscar, I am looking at the photo of you for this article. You aren't bored by this trial, are you? If so, the world apologizes.

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Donald Jordan May 12 2014 at 3:26 PM

South Africa's version of "
Stand your ground" insanity.

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Phil May 12 2014 at 3:33 PM

i think he is a narsacist who couldn't believe that his uniqueness could be upstaged by her beauty......so he killed her

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