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The Foreigner Breivik assessment receives more criticism. Medical experts and researchers continue to question the validity of Anders Behring Breivik’s psychiatric report. They claim the court-appointed psychiatrists lack proper cultural understanding. The Breivik report has received widespread criticism and angered several. Swedish psychiatry professor, Johan Cullberg, brands the court-appointed psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim’s report “unprofessional”. He believes their 36 hours of discussions with the mass murderer showed no indication he is criminally insane. “I feel the need to discuss the conclusion the psychiatrists arrived at after having worked with psychosis problems, both clinically and research-wise, for several decades. Actually, the report either mostly or entirely contradicts the paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis,” Professor Cullberg wrote in his commentary published in Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter.

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Breivik assessment receives more criticism

Published on Thursday, 8th December, 2011 at 21:54 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last Updated on 9th December 2011 at 09:57.

Medical experts and researchers continue to question the validity of Anders Behring Breivik’s psychiatric report. They claim the court-appointed psychiatrists lack proper cultural understanding.



Disqualified and ignored

The Breivik report has received widespread criticism and angered several. Swedish psychiatry professor, Johan Cullberg, brands the court-appointed psychiatrists Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim’s report “unprofessional”. He believes their 36 hours of discussions with the mass murderer showed no indication he is criminally insane.

“I feel the need to discuss the conclusion the psychiatrists arrived at after having worked with psychosis problems, both clinically and research-wise, for several decades. Actually, the report either mostly or entirely contradicts the paranoid schizophrenia diagnosis,” Professor Cullberg wrote in his commentary published in Sweden’s Dagens Nyheter.

Breivik was told last week that he suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and the court-appointed psychiatrists found him to be criminally insane, both of which he has denied.

Claiming the terrorist shows no signs of either mental disorganisation or hallucinations, the professor declared, “On the contrary, he has been sharpened by and determined in his systematic efforts to create despair, fear and chaos through his acts of terror for several years. That is enough to disqualify the schizophrenia diagnosis in itself.”

“His megalomaniacal delusions are closely linked with his carefully weighed intent. The authors do not discuss this at all.”

Misinterpretation or reality?

Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) researcher, Tore Bjørgo, questions experts Torgeir Husby and Synne Sørheim’s methods.

He writes in his Aftenposten commentary, “as a social anthropologist, it strikes me that the psychiatrists’ evaluation of the Behring Breivik’s delusions are reminiscent of psychiatrists attempting to assess the perception of reality and accountability of individual tribal members in the New Guinea jungle – without having the necessary cultural understanding of what are normal ways of thinking in this particular culture.”

Mr Bjørgo admits he is “not competent to assess psychiatric diagnoses”. However, he believes 15 years research into Right-Extremist environments and subcultures qualifies him to express what their commonly agreed-upon perceptions of reality are.

He also says Breivik is one of thousands of like-minded people, even though the world he is part of may seem crazy looked at from the outside.

“Behring Breivik belongs to a Right-Extremist subculture that is strongly influenced by conspiracy thinking about an external enemy (Muslims or Jews) assisted by an internal enemy composed of traitors (the entire political establishment and other opponents).”

The NUPI researcher continues, “It must be difficult to determine how much of Behring Breivik's particular perception of reality is caused by individual psychopathology, and how much can be attributed to the bizarre world of ideas he shares with the extremist subculture he is part of.”




Published on Thursday, 8th December, 2011 at 21:54 under the news category, by John Price   .
Last updated on 9th December 2011 at 09:57.

This post has the following tags: andersbehringbreivikpyschiatricreport, breiviktrialoslo.





  
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