“I don’t really know what the word happiness means.” Ladies and gentlemen, we would like to warn you that you will have to show great understandingwith an acute sense ofempathy and a certain greatness of soul to be able to support the following lines. Indeed, in the FTX affairsecret writings of the principal accused have just been revealed and we learn that Sam Bankman-Fried has been suffering for a very long time from a form of depression who required medication and medical monitoring. Inadmissible says the accusation, nonsense says the social networks thirsty for revenge, the fact remains that ethics obliges us to consider that the gentleman could really be sick and therefore, considered as such. Dive into the head of SBF for an article and a message thread (almost) published on the former Twitter.
Sam Bankman-Fried’s Secret Writings Tell Us More About His Psychological State
This whole part of the story started from an article published by the New York Times who obtained 250 pages of publication Twitter written by SBF but unpublished. It is through Tiffany Fonga crypto influencer who was a confidante of the CEO of FTX, that journalists got their hands on a gold mine, one of the nuggets of which is a message thread called EmSam and written last December. Sam Bankman-Fried was then staying with his parents in California and he still had free access to the internet and Twitter.
SBF then confides in his pathology mental and his moods in complete transparency and he even manages to be touchingly fragile. To immediately understand the atmosphere, you need to know that the EmSam is a medicine that is used to treat severe cases of depression. SBF had also been under treatment for 10 years for “balance your mental health” as he says. Here are some of these statements found on this message thread.
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Excerpts from the EmSam message thread (be careful, some passages are difficult to bear)
“Things are very much a continuum, I probably don’t have major depressive disorder. But I usually test positive for dysthymia [une forme de dépression légère à long terme] and anhedonia [l’incapacité de ressentir du plaisir]. My lows aren’t very low, but I don’t usually have any highs. »
Sam Bankman-Fried on his mental illness – Source: messages retrieved by the New York Times
“Never during these high school years had I really asked myself what made me happy, because I wasn’t… And in the end, I don’t really know what the word happiness means. None of us really know. But what everyone describes is not how I feel. »
Sam Bankman-Fried on the start of these depressive problems – Source: messages retrieved by the New York Times
“I did what I could to provide a good life for those who work for FTX (…). But when I hear about all the wild parties we were supposed to have, all I can think is that I wish my life was as exciting as Twitter thinks it is. Then straight away, I told myself that it wouldn’t make me happy anyway. »
Sam Bankman-Fried on his luxurious lifestyle in the Bahamas – Source: messages retrieved by the New York Times
“If I’ve never really been attracted to superfluous things (…) it’s largely because those things don’t make me happy anyway. Besides, nothing will. »
Sam Bankman-Fried on his luxurious lifestyle (continued) – Source: messages retrieved by the New York Times
“If I believe what Twitter is saying, it would be because of, uh, veganism, gambling, addiction or sex. But really, EmSam just helps me stay focused and organized a little. »
Sam Bankman-Fried on his medical treatment – Source: messages retrieved by the New York Times
“I feel incredibly bad about what happened and will do everything I can to be helpful to customers and return as much money as possible. »
Sam Bankman-Fried on his feelings about the whole story – Source: messages retrieved by the New York Times
For’charge, all this is not really admissible. There defense failed to timely inform the court of his intention to plead mental illness, so this cannot be done. Likewise, the lawyers of SBF began to insinuate that he might suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but the Department of Justice sent a letter to the court requesting that neither diseasenor the depressionnor even the ADHD have their place during the trial so as not to attract particular sympathy to the accused. Start of hostilities on October 3 and we will be in the front row for you.
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