Severe Mental Pain or Suffering Law and Legal Definition

Pursuant to 18 USCS § 2340 (2), [Title 18. Crimes and Criminal Procedure; Part I. Crimes; Chapter 113C. Torture] the term severe mental pain or suffering means “the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from--

(A) the intentional infliction or threatened infliction of severe physical pain or suffering;

(B) the administration or application, or threatened administration or application, of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or the personality;

(C) the threat of imminent death; or

(D) the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering, or the administration or application of mind-altering substances or other procedures calculated to disrupt profoundly the senses or personality.”