In Scotland, the first clinic appeared to treat addiction to crypto-currencies
The Scottish Rehabilitation Center “Castle Craig Hospital” officially classified crypto-addicts to mentally ill people and intends to offer them treatment. Local experts attributed the hobby for mining and trading bitcoin and its analogues to a variety of obsessive-compulsive disorders. The closest analogue is the ludomans who are willing to spend the last money in gambling.
“Crypto-currency dependence”, according to the official documents of the American Psychiatric Association, has not yet been recognized as an ailment that must be treated. Just like the addiction to online games, the guide to the list of mental illnesses is updated very slowly, once in a decade, and therefore inevitably loses to scientific and technological progress. The situation turns out, when the problem is, and on legal grounds it is not so easy to solve it.
Because of such disagreements, doctors are not in a hurry to “discover” new diseases, preferring to consider them as varieties of already known disorders. For example, the dependence on online games fits perfectly into the model of prolonged depression, when the patient suffers from loneliness and a sense of personal futility. And it drags on to dopamine-inducing elements of MMORGP, like doing useless but bright missions. And how to treat depression, in addition to disabling the computer from the Internet, medicine already knows.
It is unlikely that the initiative of Scottish doctors will lead to the recognition of crypto-psychotic fans as unhealthy. Yes it is not necessary – the press service of the rehabilitation center is already preparing publications, which describe in detail why this hobby is akin to drug addiction, and why you need to be treated. But as far as specific methods of therapy are concerned, there is no information so far .