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Pistorius feared to be suicidal

Clinical psychologist Jonathan Scholtz said the athlete suffers from a major depressive disorder.

Murder accused Oscar Pistorius arrives at the High Court in Pretoria for his trial on 2 July 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Murder accused Oscar Pistorius must continue receiving treatment for depression or his risk for suicide could increase, a clinical psychologist said on Wednesday.

This was revealed in findings of a psychiatric assessment read into record in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

The 'blade runner' is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day last year.

The 27-year-old Olympian and Paralymian claims he shot the 29-year-old model by accident.

Picture: Reeva Steenkamp

Clinical psychologist Jonathan Scholtz told the Pretoria court Pistorius suffered from a major depressive disorder, and his degree of anxiety and depression was significant.

The psychologist said should he not receive proper clinical care, his condition is likely to worsen.

This could increase the athlete's risk for suicide.

Scholtz however found no evidence that showed Pistorius suffered from anxiety to the extent it impaired his functioning prior to the shooting.

The psychologist added the athlete did not meet the criteria for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

He said this was evident in the athlete's enormous achievements both in his profession and social sphere.

The matter will resume on Thursday.

Video: Pistorius doesn't suffer from GAD.

For live updates from the trial on EWN's live blog for more background, visit EWN's Oscar Pistorius portal.

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