2008 issue 3


Volume 17, issue 3

Case report

Difficulties in forensic psychiatric assessment concerning biological effects of a psychological stressor - a case report

Dariusz Juszczak1
1. Przychodnia Zdrowia Psychicznego 10 Wojskowego Szpitala Klinicznego z Polikliniką w Bydgoszczy
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2008; 17 (3): 247-249
Keywords: stress, biological effects, forensic assessment


Objectives. To analyze difficulties encountered in the forensic psychiatric assessment of a case involving biological consequences of impact of a psychological stressor.
Case. In the report biological effects of a psychological stressor in the person in a post-stroke state are outlined. Difficulties in formulating the expert opinion are discussed and theoretical assumptions that determined its final shape are justified.
Commentary. A hypothetical cause-effect relationship was proposed to explain the sudden breakdown in the patient's health in the reported case.

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