Originally posted by RobFox
what is insanity? What is the difference between being insane and being competent to stand trial? In your opinion what do you think the rights of mental patients should be in regards to care and treatment? Do you think they should be able to refuse treatment (therapy, medications, etc)? Why or why not?
In the case of criminal insanity: if said criminal is so mentally ill that he in actuality does not know that what he did was wrong at the time of committing the crime then the criminal is legally eligible to use the defense of insanity. If the criminal is somewhat mentally ill but is still able to distinguish that what he did was wrong and/or punishable by law at the time of the crime then he is not eligible to use the insanity defense. In case of a plea of temporary insanity the person may be committed to mental care until such a time as he has recovered enough to participate in his own defense and be able to testify to his mental condition at the time of the crime.
In my opinion if one has committed serious crime due to mental illness that person should be treated whether they agree to it or not as they pose a danger to the public. If a mentally ill person is a danger to himself or others they should receive adequate treatment in order for them to be reintegrated into society. If suffering from a milder form of mental illness which poses no danger to self or others and no crime has been committed then by all means treatment should not be forced upon them.