Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Gerrie Nel continues to cross examine the defense psychiatrist, Dr. Merryll Vorster.
He begins with a set of general questions about an anxiety disorder, after reading up on it last night in DSM V., seeking to distinguish it from generalized worrying about the thousand natural shocks the flesh is heir to (as Shakespeare once said in another context).
She said it doesn’t come and go depending on external circumstances. It’s always there. She used the word “pervasive” to describe it.
Follow along with us and comment as we watch Gerrie Nel attempt to turn her into a prosecution witness on you tube.
Keep in mind that her vulnerability is that she did not get involved in the case until a little over a week ago and claims not to know much about the case. Taking her at her word, this means that she does not know about Pistorius’s lies that Nel exposed when he cross examined Pistorius and her diagnosis is based on her assumption that Pistorius told her the truth when she interviewed him.
She is not incompetent or naive for doing so because this is standard operating procedure for mental health professionals. They are not independent fact gatherers. They start with what the patient says to develop trust and work with that to probe their minds and moods.
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