Mad in Australia

August 6, 2009 at 11:16 am 1 comment

   Australian policeman, Paul Dale,  awaiting trial for his part in a double murder is apparently “going mad” in prison. Not before, when he was alleged to have killed a fellow officer and his wife, but in prison afterward. Interesting. As it turns out, he was diagnosed with an adjustment disorder due to difficulties with other inmates and word of his crimes getting out. See, facing down charges of murder and adjusting to prison life aren’t difficult life changes–he has a disorder, a chemical shortcoming. Now, why would someone want to claim a mental disorder?

Ms Leeson said that Dale’s anxiety meant he was unable to properly read the brief of evidence against him to give instructions to his lawyers.

   I’m sure we can see how this defense strategy is going to play out. Maybe we’re supposed to be anxious in the face of consequences. Maybe prison is supposed to be hard to adjust to. I’m not sure why there has to be such a disconnect in the language that difficulty adjusting = diagnosed with adjustment disorder.


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  • 1. KHorn  |  August 6, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I would say that anyone who doesn’t have difficulty adjusting to prison has the more severe mental disorder.


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