Partial insanity: when the judiciary and the psychiatric world collide.

D. Altmark, M. Sigal, M. Gelkopf

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The psychiatric and judicial concepts of mental disorders are similar but not always identical. The gap between them creates confusion, a lack of unity and inconsistencies in decision making. This gap needs to be bridged. In the hinterland of these concepts lies a range of psychiatric disturbances such as encapsulated over organized delusional disorders (Paranoia Vera) and life endangering eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa). When life threatening or criminal responsibility circumstances arise, the dilemma presented to the psychiatrists on the one hand and the judicial system on the other reaches its peak. Presented in the article are aspects of the gray areas of involuntary commitment and criminal responsibility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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