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Volume 7, suplement 3

Original article

A special case of diagnosis of depression in forensic-psychiatric expertise

JANUSZ HEITZMAN1
1. Zakładu Patologii Społecznej Katedry Psychiatrii CM UJ w Krakowie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1998, 7, suplement 3 (8), 119-124
Keywords: reactive depression, forensic-psychiatric jurisdiction, case study

Abstract

In cases when the victim of severe mental and physical torment dies a suicide's death, all the forensic psychiatrist called in to analyze the relationship between the trauma, the experience of depression and the act of suicide can do is to carry out a penetrating analysis of the documentation and formulate resulting conclusions. The case described in this article addresses this problem and the final opinion responds to the court's question as to whether or not the mental health of the deceased victim of violence may have caused reactive depression and the resulting act of suicide.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Janusz Heitzman,
Zakład Patologii Społecznej Katedry Psychiatrii CM UJ,
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31-501 Kraków