California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI)
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"]."
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, n. 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 "Although this [administrative] regulation has since been repealed, the practice has been to continue using the same definition."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 2005), § 23.11.)
2 California Conservatorship Practice (Cont.Ed.Bar 2005), § 23.11
26 California Forms of Pleading and Practice, Ch. 304, Insane and Other Incompetent Persons, Part I, "Lanterman-Petris-Short Act and Related Proceedings" (Matthew Bender)
(New June 2005)