FORT BRAGG — A forensic psychiatrist testified Wednesday that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl suffered from a character dysfunction and different psychological illnesses earlier than he joined the Military in 2008.
The testimony got here through the third day of witnesses for the protection within the sentencing listening to for Bergdahl, who walked away from his outpost in Afghanistan in 2009 and spent 5 years as a prisoner of the Taliban.
Dr. Charles A. Morgan III stated that Bergdahl suffers from schizotypal character dysfunction, persistent publish-traumatic stress dysfunction, cognitive deficits and social phobia.
The diagnoses don’t imply Bergdahl is insane: The Military’s sanity board has already dominated the soldier is sane, signaling he might grasp that his actions have been flawed when he undertook them, and that he can perceive the proceedings.
However Morgan stated the issues “performed an enormous position” in his choice to desert his publish. Bergdahl has stated he left Outpost Mest with a plan to run about 20 miles to a close-by base so as to convey his considerations about critical points in his unit to the eye of a basic.
The psychiatrist testified that Bergdahl’s schizotypal character dysfunction made it troublesome for the soldier to appropriately weigh the potential penalties of his plan.
“He responds shortly – maybe too quick – to discovering an answer and doing the suitable factor,” Morgan stated. “As soon as he will get an concept that is sensible, he needs to maneuver on it and do it.”
Many individuals with the situation are perceived as odd or preoccupied with a fantasy world, and have hassle forming shut bonds with different individuals. They could even be each self-crucial and suspicious or untrusting of others, Morgan stated.
In contrast to sufferers with the dysfunction’s extra critical cousin, schizophrenia, these with schizotypal dysfunction don’t hear “voices” or endure from delusions.
Morgan stated he was assured Bergdahl suffered from the dysfunction lengthy earlier than he joined the Military. Likewise, the psychiatrist believed that he already had PTSD when he enlisted, stemming from interactions together with his father in childhood.
“Residence life wasn’t all the time peaceable,” Morgan testified.
The panic assault that culminated in Bergdahl’s removing from the Coast Guard was doubtless associated to that dysfunction, Morgan stated.
Bergdahl’s brutal interval of captivity – throughout which he was locked in a cage, crushed, remoted and compelled to observe movies of executions – solely served to exacerbate his circumstances, Morgan testified. Bergdahl himself testified earlier this…