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Q:  Bipolar Disorder & Crime


IF you have a bipolar disorder, could it be possible that it could cause you to commit a crime such as Robbery and kidnapping in the first degree? If so, would this make any difference in a trial for such as crime?
 

Dear Ms. L' -- 
I'm not a "forensic" psychiatrist, which is the kind that specializes in psychiatry and the law.  My only slightly educated guess is that an "insanity" defense using bipolar disorder would be difficult to support, because it's difficult generally (very few who use it are acquitted, and it's used much less than you would think).  Try this
wonderful legal site and ask Aunty Nolo (copy the answer to me at PsychEducation@yahoo.com, if you would please; I'm interested in the answer).  

Dr. Phelps



Published February, 2002

 

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