The Case Study of Andrea Yates Essay

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Andrea Yates long history of mental illness did impact what she did to her children as well as an outside influence of Michael and Rachel Woroniecki. In 1993 Rusty and Andrea married and a year later they had their first child a son named Noah. They planned on having many children whatever God intended for them. Their five children were all named after figures from the Bible. After Andrea’s first child Noah was born she began to have violent visions and felt that Satan was speaking to her. Andrea kept all her feelings to herself not realizing how much mental illness was in her family because she and Rusty had Bible inspired notions about family and motherhood. Andrea tried to have a fourth child, but suffered a miscarriage. Not long…show more content…
She truly believed that she was not a good mother due to her feelings and beliefs that her children were not developing correctly. The preacher that Rusty introduced Andrea to judged harshly that if the mother was going to Hell so would the children and also emphasized that people were accountable for children and woe to the person who might cause even one stumble. Two days before the horrific incident Andrea’s doctor warned Rusty that she should not be left alone. Andrea was lost in a dark world of depression and felt that by killing her children that she was saving them from going to hell. The Woroniecki’s made a fragile mother believe she and her children were heading to hell and that she was running out of time and she must repent soon before it is too late. Rusty felt torn and mentioned that it was not his wife that killed the children, but her illness. Andrea was taken over by her illness as well as her strong beliefs of her religion. Mental illness needs to be considered a medical illness and taken more seriously in our society. According to “Axis I: Major Depressive Disorder, Catatonic Features, and Postpartum Onset. Axis II: Schizophrenia and Psychotic Dissociative. Axis III: Complications Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Puerperium. Axis IV: Problems with primary support group. Axis V: Behavior is considerably influenced by delusions or hallucinations OR serious impairment in
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