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sophocleese BS: Andrea Yates was found guilty (78* d) RE: BS: Andrea Yates was found guilty 27 Mar 02

The tricky thing about the WoronieckisWoronieckis influence is that it wouldn't have had such power without a weakness in Andrea and her husband. Distasteful as I find the Woronieckis preaching a more balanced, healthy mind would have been able to reject it. Its similar to the difficulties of playing Dungeons and Dragons. To reasonably mentally healthy, imaginative people it is a pleasure and a relaxation. To those who are less mentally stable it can be a problem which leads to greater problems.

I take photos of newborns in our local hospital and walk by a poster showing an empty car seat, underneath this is the caption saying something like "It only takes a minute." That poster was up there when I had my daughter. Many people could look at it, read it as a warning and don't get upset. For me, suffering from depression, it effectively increased all my fears making me a more frightened but not necessarily a better parent. Should I blame the people who made the poster or do I recognize that in my fragile mental state I gave it too much weight?

The only thing that I can say about this case is that it is a tragedy. The only good that could possibly come from it is a shake up of mental health services and those that fund them so that it is prevented in future. Severe depression is hell and a treatable sickness. Not dealing with it, ignoring it, or treating it lightly is like calling advanced leprosy a little bit of a rash and suggesting hand cream.

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