Follow-up: Walter Reed: "A Patient Prosecuted" - Dana Priest and Anne Hull - Washington Post

Follow-up: Walter Reed: "A Patient Prosecuted" - Dana Priest and Anne Hull - Washington Post

Doctors at Walter Reed say she has a mental disorder. Army superiors say that's just an 'excuse' for her actions.

by: Dana Priest, Anne Hull | publication date: November 2, 2007 | Publication: The Washington Post | pages: A1

"Military psychiatrists at Walter Reed who examined Whiteside after she recovered from her self-inflicted gunshot wound diagnosed her with a severe mental disorder, possibly triggered by the stresses of a war zone. But Whiteside's superiors considered her mental illness "an excuse" for criminal conduct, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post."

This article is about 1st Lt. Elizabeth Whiteside, a psychiatric patient at Walter Reed. Although diagnosed with a severe mental disorder, her superiors threatened to court-martial her for a suicide attempt and endangering a fellow soldier while in Iraq.

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