- Hi Jeff,
- I have been so busy doing interviews on this Houston
case that someone had to send me your post on it for me to know about it.
I thought you should know that Haldol is not an antidepressant as the article
on your site states. It is known as an anti-psychotic drug - something
you need AFTER the antidepressants produce the psychotic break!
- The drugs Andrea Yates was switched to just on Monday
was Effexor and Remeron - both antidepressants. They may have been giving
her the Haldol with the antidepressants, but it obviously could not overcome
the strong effect of two drugs together producing psychosis.
- I always wonder how many children must seal my testimony
about the dangers of these drugs with their own blood before the world
opens its eyes. I have found that 90% of those moms who do this are on
- Dr. Tracy
- "Doctors used a cocktail of drugs to help Yates
during both bouts of depression. She was currently taking medication that
included Haldol, Yates said."
- HOUSTON (Reuters) - The husband
of a woman who confessed to drowning their five children said on Thursday
he still loved her and blamed the tragedy on her severe case of postpartum
- Russell Yates, at times fighting back tears but for the
most part remarkably composed, told reporters that what wife Andrea Yates
did was ``incomprehensible'' because she was a ``kind and gentle person''
who loved their kids.
- ``I'm supportive of her because on the one hand I know
she killed our children...but on the other I know that the woman here is
not the woman who killed my children,'' he said, pointing to a photograph
of the family taken a few months ago.
- ``She had her psychotic side effects with her depression
that led her to do this. She loved our kids and anybody that knew her knew
- ``Andrea, if you see this, I love you,'' said Yates,
who spoke to reporters in the front yard of the one-story suburban home
where the children were killed on Wednesday.
- Andrea Yates, 36, was jailed without bond on a charge
of capital murder, which under Texas law could bring her the death penalty.
She was due to be arraigned on the charges on Friday.
- She called police to their home near NASA's Johnson Space
Center on Wednesday morning and told them she killed the children -- four
boys and a girl who ranged in age from 6 months to 7 years.
- The four youngest -- Luke, 2, Paul, 3, and John, 5, and
6-month-old daughter, Mary -- were found in a bed, their still-wet bodies
covered with a sheet. Seven-year-old Noah was in the bath tub where police
believe Yates drowned the children.
- Russell Yates, a 36-year-old NASA computer engineer,
said his wife called him at work and told him he needed to come home.
- ``I said 'is anyone hurt' and she said 'yes.' I said
'who' and she said 'the children...all of them.' My heart just sank,''
he said. Yates raced home to find the police already there.
- He said his wife of eight years suffered separate episodes
of severe postpartum depression after having their fourth and fifth kids
and had tried to commit suicide two years ago. The depression caused her
to become so withdrawn and incapacitated that his mother, Dora Yates, would
come over to help care for the children.
- Doctors used a cocktail of drugs to help Yates during
both bouts of depression. She was currently taking medication that included
Haldol, Yates said.
- According to Baylor College of Medicine psychiatry professor
Lauren Marangell, Haldol is usually prescribed for psychosis, a more severe
illness than garden variety postpartum depression and one more likely to
lead to violence.
- When she was well, Andrea Yates homeschooled the children
and lavished attention on them, Yates said.
- For Valentine's Day, she made them heart-shaped booklets
with coupons that were good for a hug or a game, he said.
- The kids, he said, were normal, happy and healthy. They
loved games and sports, particularly T-ball and basketball, which they
played on a hoop in the driveway.
- He said he would not support the death penalty for his
wife because ``she obviously wasn't herself'' when she killed the children.
- ``She was a kind and gentle person,'' he said.
- ``I'm primarily concerned right now with just tending
to my kids, making sure they get a good burial and are treated good,''
- He said he wanted everyone to know that his family had
been a strong one that was ripped apart only by a sinister illness that,
in the end, knew no bounds.
- ``Just ask anybody that's seen us, seen us in the store
or seen us in the restaurant...good family,'' he said, choking back tears.
- From Gayle Eversole
- This is an absolute outrage!
- Haldol, a fluoride based anti-psychotic drug is not an
- The fluoride in this may have further suppressed her
thyroid, and the hormonal imbalance caused by pregnancy.
- May women suffer from thryoid impairment as a side effect
of pregnancy. Low B complex adds to the incidence of post partum depression.
- It is a tragedy that the doctors treating Yates did not
offer her nutritional support. It may have saved her and her children.
- Her husband, in my opinion, has a good cause for a legal
- Gayle Eversole