2011 issue 1

Back

Volume 20, issue 1

Case report

A case of extreme emotional agitation – competence and forensic expertise problems

Anna Pilszyk2, Ewa Waszkiewicz1
1. III Klinika Psychiatryczna, Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii, Warszawa
2. Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej, Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii, Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2011, 20(1): 69–73
Keywords: extreme emotional agitation, physiological affect, homicide, forensic-psychological expertise

Abstract

Objectives. The state of extreme emotional agitation was characterized from the psychological, medical and legal perspectives. The paper presents a detailed outline of legal regulations concerning the use of the notion of „extreme emotional agitation", criteria for diagnosing this state, and diagnostic difficulties of forensic experts.
Case report. A case is reported of a male perpetrator of a double homicide committed under the influence of extreme emotional agitation.
Commentary. On the grounds of the case report a number of doubts concerning „extreme emotional agitation" were presented and an attempt was made to propose possible solutions for their clarification.

Address for correspondence:
dr n. hum. Anna Pilszyk
Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej, Instytut Psychiatrii i Neurologii,
Al. Sobieskiego 9, 02-957 Warszawa
tel. 22-4582859
e-mail: apilszyk@wp.pl