Psychiatrists Talk About Strain Of Manning’s Diagnosis In Military Setting.

The New York Times (8/23, A17, Huetteman, Stelter, Subscription Publication) reports that defense attorneys for Pvt. Bradley Manning brought up the fact that their client “is transgender during the sentencing phase of his court-martial, describing the emotional stress he endured while deployed in Iraq.” At the trial, “two psychiatrists testified about treating Private Manning for ‘gender identity disorder,’ a diagnosis for psychological discomfort with one’s sex that the American Psychiatric Association renamed ‘gender dysphoria’ last year.” Both “psychiatrists said that handling such a diagnosis in a combat zone, and at time when it was still against military law to be openly gay, would have put Private Manning under” enormous strain.

Related Links:

— “‘I Am a Female,’ Manning Announces, Asking Army for Hormone Therapy, “Emmarie Huetteman, The New York Times, August 22, 2013.

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