However much sympathy we have in this tragic circumstance, we cannot help but be alarmed at the way CAH individuals are being portrayed.
While it is understandable that a defense team might use every means at their disposal to have their client acquitted or the sentence minimized, the publicity this case has received paints those of us with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia in a very bad light indeed.
CAH is not a mood-altering disorder as has been reported. CAH individuals generally contend with salt-wasting and a lack of cortisone (the hormone that helps the body to react to physical injury). High testosterone levels do not of themselves give rise to homicidal ideation.
Press reports elsewhere suggest that Kathleen Worrall may have suffered from bipolar disorder, and this may not have been effectively treated.
The Crown accepted she had been substantially impaired by a “disability of the mind”.
Kathleen suffered from a mood disorder related to her hormonal condition, congenital adrenal hyperplasia
The “horrific death” would never have occurred without Kathleen’s medical condition and the potential for her psychiatric state to be undermined by failing to take her medication, she said. …
- ABC News – Photos – Worrall gets four years for stabbing
- heraldsun.com.au – Kathleen Worrall jailed for killing sister
- news.com.au – ‘Illness fuelled Kathleen Worrall’s murder plot’
- news.com.au – Kathleen Worrall jailed for killing sister
- smh.com.au – A big day for Fadi Ibrahim – Prisoner with a friend at ready
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