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A Journey to the End: The Controversial Decision of a Dutch Woman to Undergo Euthanasia Due to Severe Mental Health Struggles

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Dutch Woman Opts for Euthanasia Because of Incurable Mental Health Challenges

A Dutch woman named Zoraya ter Beek, who is 28 years old, has decided to end her life through euthanasia due to severe mental health struggles in May. She has been struggling with depression, autism, and borderline personality disorder throughout her life despite having a loving boyfriend and pets. Ter Beek believes that her mental illness cannot be treated any further and that doctors have informed her there are no more options available.

This decision aligns with a growing trend in the Netherlands where euthanasia is legal. More individuals are choosing to end their suffering from mental health issues rather than endure them. However, ter Beek’s case has sparked debate among healthcare professionals and the public. Some see it as an alarming trend of readily resorting to euthanasia for mental health problems while others argue it grants terminally ill patients more control over their final days.

Many people worldwide face a myriad of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, which are amplified by economic uncertainty, climate change, and social media. Stef Groenewoud, a healthcare ethicist, has observed that healthcare professionals may be more willing to consider euthanasia as an option for young people with psychiatric disorders.

The procedure for ter Beek’s euthanasia will take place at home with her boyfriend by her side. Her doctor will administer a sedative followed by medication to stop her heart after which she will be cremated and her ashes scattered in a designated forest spot. The Netherlands legalized euthanasia in 2001 and since then the number of euthanasia deaths has steadily increased leading to criticism from those who believe the law encourages suicide but ter Beek addressed these concerns on social media before taking a leave of absence.

By Samantha Jones

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