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Second opinion on insanity plea in a murder and attempted suicide case: A case report

Md Rosli, Najwa Hanim and Yahya , Badi’ah and Abu Bakar , Abdul Kadir (2011) Second opinion on insanity plea in a murder and attempted suicide case: A case report. Second Opinion On Insanity Plea In A Murder And Attempted Suicide Case: A Case Report, 12 (1). pp. 117-121. ISSN 1876-2018

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Abstract

Objective: This paper aims to discuss the issue related to the application of temporary insanity plea through a case report of a man who was earlier certified as mentally sound following a murder and suicide attempt. Methods: We report a man who committed murder and attempted suicide 7 years ago, had a psychiatric certification of not having mental illness and recently requested for a second psychiatric assessment. The factors taken into consideration in arriving at the final diagnosis are discussed. Results: The man was found to have brief psychotic disorder precipitated by psychological blow and sleep deprivation with underlying undiagnosed borderline mental retardation.Conclusion: In assessing patient with temporary insanity plea, various areas in the history need to be explored deeply with thorough investigations to be done in order to arrive at a fair conclusion for the patient’s and victim’s sake. ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, Vol.12(1): Jan – June 2011: 117-121 Keywords: Temporary insanity, mental retardation, sleeps deprivation, brief psychotic disorder, automatism

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 5698/35817
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Psychiatry
Depositing User: Dr Najwa Hanim Md Rosli
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 14:55
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2014 13:01
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/35817

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