Mental health after Gitmo

The consequences of psychological torture at Guantanamo Bay

As U.S. President Barack Obama prepares to close the notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay, new research shows that the psychological torture detainees endured there—including isolation, water-boarding, and sleep deprivation—is having severe lasting effects. Psychological torture was once thought to be more benign than physical torture, but new anecdotal evidence suggests otherwise. For Adeel, a Pakistani man who was confined at Gitmo for four years despite never being charged with a crime, the post-traumatic stress disorder and severe depression he suffers are so severe that even seeing a man in uniform can trigger a panic attack.

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