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Cryptocurrency investors suffering anxiety and depression

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It’s been a turbulent week for the cryptocurrency market.
Sudden fall in prices following dramatic gains in the past month.
As such, investors are on an emotional roller coaster ride every minute.
Kim Mok-yeon takes a closer look into the side effects they experience nowadays .
[STANDUP] ed: steve
“Bitcoin blues and Bitcoin hysteria.
These new terms reflect the feelings of many cryptocurrency investors.
As bitcoin’s value moves up and down, its causing anxiety, stress and depression among many people who invested in virtual currency.”

December saw unbelievable gains for cryptos, drawing in millions of Korean investors.
But the market’s also seen some huge declines, caused in part by the Korean government’s announcements of regulations,… and that’s got investors lurching between despair and relief.
Tens of thousands of people have posted online lamenting their losses.
Many of the posters are young adults holding out hope for a payday that will change their lives.

(KOREAN ed: steve)
“I put in money because lots of people said they made a lot. But now prices are falling and I feel gloomy. I’m pregnant but I can’t sleep because I keep looking at the price on my phone.”

There’s no *one reason* for the crypto market’s heart-stopping volatility, but it’s generally agreed that a lot of comes from speculation and not the real value of the coins as an asset.
Prices routinely jump several fold in a matter of days.
This keeps investors constantly checking their investments, thrilled one minute, anxious about an epic crash the next.
A psychology expert says this phenomenon is especially evident in Korea… where she says there’s a tendency to focus on quick returns… because of uncertainty Koreans feel not just in their personal lives but in the future of their country.

(KOREAN ed: steve)
“People tend to feel angry when they feel that they are the only ones losing when others are making profits. They may think that nothing good is happening in their lives and this can also lead to depression. I think this is more evident in Korea because of instabilities caused by the threats coming from North Korea, the shift in political power and concerns over economic recession.”

The expert said people who’ve lost money should realize that now is the time to make sure the damage doesn’t also become psychological.
She recommended that investors try to focus on other activities to keep their mind off crypto’s ups and downs, and turn to their families and friends for emotional support.

Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.

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