mental incompetence


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mental incompetence

Legal disqualification to execute a contract or perform normal activities and tasks.
See also: incompetence
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In fact, psychiatrists blame the tragedy on the person's failure to continue taking the drugs when it is the drugs themselves that can create the very violence or mental incompetence they were supposed to 'treat.' At least 13 of the recent school shootings were committed by those taking or withdrawing from psychiatric drugs.
The stabbing rampage, meanwhile, set the stage for a new law, under which those who commit serious crimes, including murder, but are not imprisoned due to mental incompetence are forced to undergo treatment.
* Mental incompetence and detention for forced treatment should be decisions reached through purely legal and judicial means.
Recommended reading under the general notion of 'know the enemy', "The Thinking Man's Guide to Women" is recommended for men trying to figure out their girlfriends, spouses, and female family members, and to women having to deal with the men in the lives and a seemingly chronic condition of male mental incompetence to communicate properly.
Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus, Dr Thomas Szasz says in his book, Th Myth of Mental Illness, "The introduction of psychiatric considerations into the administration of the criminal law - for example, the insanity plea and verdict, diagnoses of mental incompetence to stand trial, and so forth - corrupt the law and victimise the subject on whose behalf they are ostensibly employed."
This review led him to conclude that Walton is severely mentally impaired and meets the Supreme Court's definition of mental incompetence.