Essay on Andrea Yates

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Story of Andrea Yates
Composition I: Effective Writing for Criminal Justice Majors

Story of Andrea Yates
On June 20, 2001 a woman by the name of Andrea Yates, stunned the whole country with one of the most bizarre acts of violence that a parents could ever do to their own children. She called her husband at work and told him “I did it” confused by what was going on, he rush home only to find his house filled with officers of the law. The husband asked, “What is going on?”, and only to found out that his wife had drowned all five of their children.
Andrea Yates was a will educated women by all means, “she was the class valedictorian, captain of the swim team and an officer in the National Honor Society. She completed a two-year
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She didn't realize how much mental illness there was in her own family, from depression to bipolar disorder—which can contribute to postpartum psychosis. In her initial stages, she remained undiagnosed and untreated. She kept her secrets from everyone.” (Ramsland, 2008) In June of 1999 Andrea was started to feel the affects of her major depressive order. She called her husband and told him to come home as soon as possible. When Rusty Yates arrived at their residence he found he wife shaking with no control over it and chewing violently on her fingers. This is when she was first hosiptalized for trying to attempt suicide by overdosing on pills. “The medical staff described Andrea as evasive in discussing her problems. However, on June 24 she was prescribed an antidepressant and released.” (Montaldo, n/a)
Depression is something that is only temporary and something that most new mothers go through, but Andrea had a long history of depression and this is also something that runs in her family come to find out. Andrea was prescribed with Zoloft, but refused to take it because she had preferred to breast-feed her youngest. “The ailing mother was discharged and another psychiatrist switched her to Zyprexa, an antipsychotic drug for bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. Andrea flushed the pills down the toilet. Then she got worse. To this point, she'd experienced several…