Of Course Amanda Knox Is 'Paralyzed' With Anxiety!

amanda knoxWhy am I not surprised to hear Amanda Knox finds herself sometimes "paralyzed" with anxiety? Good lord, how could a girl survive being (wrongly) convicted of her roommate's murder and serving 4 years in a foreign prison before having that conviction overturned NOT end up with a lifelong case of the jitters?! As Knox recently explained to People magazine:

"Things creep up on me and all of a sudden I'm overwhelmed by the feeling of helplessness and that desperation and fear to even hope ... just that can make my heart race and makes me paralyzed until I can breathe it away."

The fear even to hope. A heartbreaking statement, particularly coming from a 25-year-old who spent a major chunk of her young adulthood alone in a cell "which was cold in the winter and hot in the summer," allowed outdoors only one hour a day. I can only imagine the panic Knox must have felt when an Italian court ordered that her case be retried.

Thankfully Italian law can't force Knox to return for the trial (a spokesperson for the family says it's "doubtful" she'll go back -- ya think?!). Still, when she heard about the court's decision to overturn her acquital it must have felt like one of her many nightmares was actually coming true.

Make no mistake, her time in prison was miserable. In her upcoming memoir "Waiting to Be Heard" (due out April 30), Knox admits that she eventually became suicidal and considered "swallowing shards of glass or suffocating herself with a garbage bag."

I guess sometimes feeling paralyzed with anxiety is an improvement on wanting to swallow shards of glass. Still, it's a long way from feeling free.

Do you think Amanda Knox will ever feel "normal" again?


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nonmember avatar mikeh

she should go back and straighten this out if she is innocent. the world is watching, so i'm sure she won't be railroaded with the new evidence.

NoR_C... NoR_CaL_MoMmY

If I were her and truly was innocent, I wouldn't go back. I didnt really follow the case though so I don't have an opinion on if she's guilty or not. But if I were innocent of a crime that I seved four years for in a different country in a horrible prison cell, there's no way I'd go back.

Nelli... NellieAthome

If she does not go to Italy for retrial then America has absolutely no grounds to complain when other countries do not honor our extradition requests in order to try foreign nationals accused of crimes in the US.

I also believe that one will find that wrongfully convicted is not even remotely the same as either "not guilty" or "innocent"

brmull brmull

If you think this contrived story is heartbreaking, you must be reduced to a gibbering mess when something genuinely tragic happens--like say the sexual torture and murder of Meredith Kercher. Knox was not wrongly convicted of that brutal crime. She was wrongly acquitted by a judge who said they were "good kids from good families"--unlike the black guy. The judge said he knew this reasoning wouldn't hold up to Supreme Court scrutiny and it didn't. Now Knox is back in the dock having already been convicted of trying to frame Patrick Lumumba for the murder. Do you think the prosecution is going to point out that framing someone else for the murder is strong evidence that she herself was the culprit? Bet on it.

nonmember avatar g

Who says she was "wrongly" accused? This girl. just for having being an American in a foreign country, is depicted as a "Victim". She is no victim. She implicated innocent people to protect herself and was the only one with any kind of motive to kill her roommate. Now she is going to media outlets to say how "devastated" she was. Everything points to her as a cold blooded murderer. Maybe if you actually read the information connected to this investigation, you will not be so lenient. A girl was murdered. She is the real victim. If Amanda Knox was not white and not an american, I am sure she would not be treated as the victim that she portrays herself to be.

Erik Forsgren

I know you have a difficult time but remember there are many of us out there who defend you and beleive in you.
I am certainly one of them. I look forward to reading your book.

nonmember avatar Ironhorse

I know first hand the psychological aspects of a life altering societal dealt wrong, not only against my person, but knowing of innocent people that commented suicide because of their life savings haven been stolen.

She was (wrongly) convicted and was incarcerated for four years. And just because an Italian court "overturned" the original case, most likely because of catching flack from the country's populace. Hell would freeze over before I personally would allow myself to be retried, especially after being fraudulently convicted.

Erik Forsgren

You " guilters" are always anonymous when leaving your unfounded remarks full of hatred and ignorence. Suppose you studied the Meredith Kercher case more profoundly and you would find that in the absence of proof noone should be condemned. The first case was indeed no "caso chiuso" but a falsification of a trial from start to finish. The prosecuter Mignini is driven not by dedication to justice but by " vanagloria" . He wants to shine and to prove to anyone that he is right in his judgement even though common sense make it impossible to buy his weird sexparty gone wrong theory

nonmember avatar Zia Yolanda

I remember seeing video of Amanda and her boyfriend and she appeared to be playing to the camera. Just a young girl being coy? How could this go on in the house and she didn't hear a thing? There are too many questions about this case. She is not required to be there but if she is somehow aware or a partner in this murder. Do we as American's want to harbor such a person?

LSeab... LSeabolt1982

She was not wrongly convicted. She was guilty as sin.

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