In her first interview since her husband’s arrest, Ruth Madoff opened up to 60 Minutes about the depression her and her husband went through. In this interview she admits to trying to commit suicide one winter night along with her husband. Although she regrets it now and is thankful it wasn’t successful, she was able to open up and tell the truth about her suicidal thoughts and “wanting to end it all”.
With the decline of the economy in recent years, money is a major stressor in people’s lives. With all the commotion that had been going on in the Madoff’s lives, the depression they must have felt can be very understandable. However, it is important to note that this wouldn’t have solved any of their problems. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention stated that financial crisis can seem like a causation for suicide; although this may be one of the reasons, it is usually not the only reason. In one of their articles they stated that over 90% of people who commit suicide also suffer with a psychiatric disorder. Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide and there are numerous reasons for people to become depressed.
Ruth Madoff has been in the eye of the media for years and I’m sure many people were just as surprised as I was to hear her depression and suicidal thoughts. These illnesses can affect anyone at anytime, listen to Ruth’s story to learn more.