Monday, April 29, 2013

Jodi Arias trial update for April 29, 2013: Borderline Personality Disorder (videos)

Does Jodi Arias have Borderline Personality Disorder?
Onlookers worldwide are tuning in to the Jodi Arias trial and the latest updates and developments. The trial began on Jan. 2, 2013, and has become one of the most watched and talked about trials in media history. Jodi Arias, a California native, has been charged with first-degree murder in the June 4, 2008, stabbing and shooting death of her lover Travis Alexander. The case is filled with sex,
religion and a strange obsession that kept Jodi Arias in Travis Alexander's bed much longer than she should have been.

As the trial winds down and heads towards closing arguments the question will be whether Jodi Arias murdered Travis Alexander in cold-blood, or self-defense.

There will be no live hearing for April 29, 2013 or April 30, 2013. The trial will resume live at 9 a.m. on May 1, 2013, where the defense will bring in one final witness to rebut testimony delivered by Janeen DeMarte indicating that Jodi Arias exhibits signs of borderline personality disorder.

The defense had presented expert testimony (Richard Samuels, Alyce LaViolette) that Arias suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Battered Woman's Syndrome. DeMarte didn't see signs of those disorders and the defense argued that she presented new testimony or new evidence by indicating Arias had Borderline Personality Disorder.

Borderline Personality Disorder is certainly not a diagnosis the defense hopes the jury will use when ultimately deciding Arias' motivation for killing Travis Alexander.

Here is a definition of Borderline Personality Disorder from the Mayo Clinic.

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental health disorder that generates significant emotional instability. This can lead to a variety of other stressful mental and behavioral problems. With borderline personality disorder, you may have a severely distorted self-image and feel worthless and fundamentally flawed. Anger, impulsiveness and frequent mood swings may push others away, even though you may desire to have loving and lasting relationships.

In a video that went public, yet remained hidden from the jury, Arias' parents described Arias as having wide mood swings and being prone to anger and rage. These symptoms are often seen with those suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder.

According to an article in Psychiatry, there is a higher rate of Borderline Personality Disorder in incarcerated females when compared to incarcerated males. Janeen DeMarte discusses Borderline Personality Disorder.


  The defense will present their final witness then the jury will receive instructions and closing arguments will begin on May 2.

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