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Forensic psychology is the intersection between psychology and the justice system.

It involves understanding fundamental legal principles, particularly with regard to

expert witness testimony and the specific content area of concern (e.g.,
competence to stand trial, child custody and visitation, or workplace discrimination),
as well as relevant jurisdictional considerations (e.g., in the United States, the
definition of insanity in criminal trials differs from state to state) in order to be able
to interact appropriately with judges, attorneys and other legal professionals. An
important aspect of forensic psychology is the ability to testify in court as an expert
witness, reformulating psychological findings into the legal language of the
courtroom, providing information to legal personnel in a way that can be
The forensic psychologist views the client or defendant from a different point of
view than does a traditional clinical psychologist. Seeing the situation from the
client's point of view or "empathizing" is not the forensic psychologist's task.
Traditional psychological tests and interview procedure are not sufficient when
applied to the forensic situation. In forensic evaluations, it is important to assess the
consistency of factual information across multiple sources. Forensic evaluators must
be able to provide the source on which any information is based. Treating
psychologists do not routinely assess response bias or performance validity,
whereas forensic psychologist usually do.
Forensic psychologists perform a wide range of tasks within the criminal justice
Settled insanity is defined as a permanent or "settled" condition caused by long-term substance
abuse and differs from the temporary state of intoxication.
Intoxication- If the symptoms are severe, the term "substance intoxication delirium" may be used.
Generic slang terms include: getting high or being stoned or blazed (all usually in reference to
cannabis), with many more specific slang terms for each particular type of intoxicant. Alcohol
intoxication is even graded in intensity, from buzzed, to tipsy, all the way up
to hammered, smashed, wasted and a number of other similar terms. Slight intoxication of a
familiar substance is usually referred to as being buzzed.
Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts,
behavior, feelings and sense of well-being.[1][2] People with depressed mood can feel sad, anxious,
empty, hopeless, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, ashamed orrestless. They may lose interest in
activities that were once pleasurable, experience overeating or loss of appetite, have problems
concentrating, remembering details or making decisions, and may contemplate, attempt or
commit suicide. Insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, aches, pains, digestive problems or reduced
energy may also be present.