posted on Aug, 11 2010 @ 05:09 AM
A fascinating documentary indeed - it even lured me away from ATS!
Points of interest included:
The medics had to sedate Sabrina after it took 6 people to restrain her, before being willing to transport her to hospital. This sedation seemed to
alter and improve her mental state and may well have made it appear the madness had gone away/abated.
The eminent psychiatrist they rolled out spoke of 2 possible diagnosis - both originating from the French language but I'll do my best:
Folie a deux: When an individual takes on and seems to reflect the mental state of a.n.other - in this case Sabrina's twin sister . The twin
connection made this assessment even more plausible as they were identical twins and therefore identical genetic patterns.
Souffle a folie: A puff of madness , as the name suggests a temporary short-lived moment of madness.
Both conditions seemed to show extreme paranoia - as the murdered samaritan spoke with his neighbour twice just before his demise it's possible she
thought he was arranging something bad for her, hence the frenzied knife attack.
The twins had been separated for some time and re-united (one from America, one from Ireland) This backs up the folie a deux scenario - only when in
close contact with her sister , Sabrina manifested her unbalanced symptoms.
Sadly , she is still in touch, albeit by mail, possibly phone with her sister in America and Sabrina is due for release next year.
You cannot legislate for this it seems as it is so temporary and short-lived in its' nature. Even with a final assessment before her release she will
probably pass with flying colours.