1996 issue 2


Volume 5, issue 2

Psychiatria sądowa

Psychiatric court opinions in cases of affective disorder (a casuistic report)

ELŻBIETA BOGDANOWICZ1, Danuta Hajdukiewicz1
1. Kliniki Psychiatrii Sądowej IPiN w Pruszkowie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1996, 5, 149-156
Keywords: affective illness, psychiatric court opinions


The aim of the study was to assess the clinical status and type of offence committed by persons with the diagnosis of affective illness, as well as to assess psychiatric court opinions issued in their case. An analysis of psychiatric court opinions and medical records of 394 male patients hospitalized for observation at the Forensic Psychiatry Department, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, in the years 1991-1995 has indicated that only in5 of them (1,3%) affective disorder was diagnosed. All the patients under study were deemed non-accountable within the meaning of Article 25, Paragraph l of the Penal Code, with the emphasis on the presence of mental illness (irrespectively of its severity) tempore criminis. In none of the cases a motion for detention was brought forward.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Elżbieta Bogdanowicz, Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej lPiN,
ul. Partyzantów 2/4, 05-802 Pruszków