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By Patricia Kime, Staff report
Army officials said Thursday the soldier behind the Fort Hood, Texas, shootings suffered from sleep disturbances, anxiety and personality disorder, a condition the Army considers to have existed prior to serving in the military and is not related to military service.
Speaking before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday, Army Secretary John McHugh said the soldier, whom he did not identify by name but Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, identified as Spc. Ivan Lopez, had taken a variety of medications, including Ambien, for his mental health issues and sleep problems.
McHugh said the soldier, who served in the National Guard for nine years before joining the Army in 2008, was under the care of a psychiatrist but had not been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder nor had he ever been reported to have any concussions or brain injuries.