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[The chapter/paragraph numbers here refer to the 2008 versions of the Code of Practice and Reference Guide.]
Application of Act: "mental disorder"
1.— (1) The provisions of this Act shall have effect with respect to the reception, care and treatment of mentally disordered patients, the management of their property and other related matters.
(2) In this Act—
and other expressions shall have the meanings assigned to them in section 145 below.
[(2A) But a person with learning disability shall not be considered by reason of that disability to be-
unless that disability is associated with abnormally aggressive or seriously irresponsible conduct on his part.
(2B) The provisions are-
[(3) Dependence on alcohol or drugs is not considered to be a disorder or disability of the mind for the purposes of subsection (2) above.]
[(4) In subsection (2A) above, "learning disability" means a state of arrested or incomplete development of the mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning.]