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Definition—mental impairment

    (1)     In this Act:

"mental impairment "includes senility, intellectual disability, mental illness, brain damage and severe personality disorder.

    (2)     In this section:

mental illness is an underlying pathological infirmity of the mind, whether of long or short duration and whether permanent or temporary, but does not include a condition (a "reactive condition") resulting from the reaction of a healthy mind to extraordinary external stimuli.

    (3)     However, a reactive condition may be evidence of a mental illness if it involves some abnormality and is prone to recur.

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