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  •  My understanding (1+ / 0-)
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    is that the legal definition of insanity is that one is unable to distinguish the difference between right and wrong.  Thefore, some sociopaths, for example, are what society may consider insane, but would not legally considered such, as many of them DO understand what actions are generally considered right or wrong, but as they lack empathy, they simply don't care.

    And I find your lumping it all together kind of offensive, frankly, as it implies that my social anxiety disorder makes me just as dangerous as someone with antisocial personality disorder may be.

    •  That seems like a good definition to me for NGRI (0+ / 0-)

      I'm surprised you take offense.  You're misunderstanding my comment.  Other folks like Lisa Long are doing the lumping while condemning people (her own son...).  Unsorting some of the language is what some of us are urging to avoid the ignorant generalizations you're talking about.

      I'm just asking the question about how we're going to get clear definitions since we talk about mental health issues at DK:

      And what other terms do we need to use to talk about people who seem to have mental health problems?  Disorder, mental health problems, emotional problems, etc...
      And what are the links to the authorities for these definitions?

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      by Satya1 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:41:54 AM PST

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      •  You're right. (0+ / 0-)

        I apologize.  I've just been annoyed with some of the coverage of this.

        The definitions and the end of the generalizations absolutely ARE needed.

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