Jodi Arias is currently under the public's microscope as she goes on trial for the murder of her ex boyfriend. Originally, Arias claimed she hadn't been there when Travis Alexander died and later recanted that story to say two intruders broke in and killed him while she hid. After further examination, Arias admitted that she did, in fact, kill Alexander, but that it was in self defense.
On the stand, Arias often doesn't recall stabbing or shooting her ex boyfriend in June 2008. While the prosecution seemed skeptical, the defense provided a psychologist who offered an explination to her behavior. Dr. Richard Samuels believes Jodi Arias suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD. This disorder is often referenced in context to former military men and women who return from war, but Dr. Samuels believs Jodi may have it too.
He also believes PTSD explains why she fabricated another situation in her mind and continued to call Alexander's phone after she had killed him. He claims she had a break with reality after killing him and she made up an alternate reality to help her cope. "Memories are not formed in many people who are experiencing acute stress, because, chemically, it just doesn't work," Samuels told the court.
The prosecution believes that even if Jodi does have PTSD, that occured after the killings and doesn't justify any pre-meditation that took part.
As a student in online psychology courses, what do you think?