California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) (2017)

4001. "Mental Disorder" Explained

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4001.“Mental Disorder” Explained
The term “mental disorder” is limited to those disorders described in
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the
American Psychiatric Association. This book is sometimes referred to as
“the DSM [current edition, e.g., “IV”].”
New June 2005
Directions for Use
This instruction is not intended for cases proceeding on a theory of impairment by
chronic alcoholism only.
Sources and Authority
“The term ‘mental disorder’ is limited to those disorders listed by the American
Psychiatric Association in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
(Cal. Admin. Code, tit. 9, § 813).” (Conservatorship of Chambers (1977) 71
Cal.App.3d 277, 282, fn. 5 [139 Cal.Rptr. 357].) “Although this [administrative]
regulation has since been repealed, the practice has been to continue using the
same definition.” (California Conservatorship Practice (Cont.Ed.Bar) § 23.11.)
Secondary Sources
3 Witkin, California Procedure (5th ed. 2008) Actions, § 97
2California Conservatorship Practice (Cont.Ed.Bar) § 23.11
32 California Forms of Pleading and Practice, Ch. 361A, Mental Health and
Mental Disabilities: Judicial Commitment, Health Services, and Civil Rights,
§ 361A.33 (Matthew Bender)
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