Castle Craig Hospital in Scotland has become the first rehab clinic to treat “cryptocurrency addition” as a medical condition, and is now offering a rehabilitation program to treat sufferers.
As part of its diagnosis process, the hospital has developed a questionnaire to give to patients. Here’s a selection of questions included on it:
- Do you feel compelled to check cryptocurrency prices all the time?
- Do you feel the need to invest larger amounts of money to get the same feeling?
- Have you ever wondered whether you have a problem with cryptocurrency trading?
- Have you ever experienced the Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)?
- Have you ever felt guilty about trading in cryptocurrencies?
Unfortunately, “Do you feel the need to constantly bore your friends by talking about how Bitcoin is the future?” isn’t one of the options, which rules out a lot of the people we have to interact with on a daily basis.
For each question you have a choice of four answers, ranging from ‘never’ (0 points), to ‘sometimes’ (1 point), ‘most of the time’ (2 points) and finally ‘almost always’ (3 points).
If you score more than eight points or higher in total, Castle Craig reckons you might have a problem.
Gambling is gambling
Cryptocurrency addiction doesn’t feel that different from any other addiction that tempts you with the prospect of earning a lot of money in a very short amount of time.
But the difference between trading cryptocurrencies and playing a slot machine is that it’s very difficult to spend every waking hour thinking about betting terminals.
In contrast, there are cryptocurrency blogs to read, new currencies to discover, and fellow hodlers to conspire with. It can quickly become a full-time obsession.
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