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Mental disorder

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Mental disorder

A substantial disorder of the person's emotional processes, thought, cognition or memory. Mental disorder is distinguished from:

  1. Conditions that are primarily those of drug abuse, alcoholism or intellectual disability, unless, in addition to one or more of these conditions, the person has a mental disorder.
  2. The declining mental abilities that directly accompany impending death.
  3. Character and personality disorders characterized by lifelong and deeply ingrained antisocial behavior patterns, including sexual behaviors that are abnormal and prohibited by statute unless the behavior results from a mental disorder.
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