Beyond Mere Financial Loss – Consequences of Day Trading Can Go Well Beyond Your Wallet

When most people think of investing in risk assets such as equities, Forex, cryptocurrencies, or other markets, they generally think monetarily – financial gain versus financial loss.  While investing in or trading financial instruments does have a direct impact on your net worth, there are other consequences as well.  Investing and trading can become a highly problematic behavior, develop into an addiction, and result in significant consequences well beyond mere financial loss.


What Is Day Trading Addiction?

Day trading addiction refers to an individual becoming dependent on their behavior surrounding investing to the point that it interferes with their daily life, careers, relationships, mental health and ability to function.  It involves the obsessive, compulsive and uncontrolled behavior of buying and selling financial instruments, and can also involve a preoccupation with watching price movements, checking positions, excessive technical analysis, or obsessively researching financial news and indicators via mainstream news, social media, online forums, or other such resources.

While day trading focuses on short-term gains, investing focuses on longer-term growth.  Nonetheless, it is important to note that investing, even with a long-term outlook, can also be problematic or addictive as individuals can still be preoccupied with their portfolios, technical analysis and financial news, resulting in significant distraction from life responsibility and impairment to their daily lives.

Due to the volatility of risk assets that can result in significant financial gain, problematic investing and trading is most commonly seen in options, futures, stocks, commodities, and Forex, as well as an exponential growing issue in cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin, Ethereum and other alternative coins.  Risk can be exacerbated by trading with leverage, and can be done by taking long as well as short positions.

Cryptocurrency addiction and other forms of day trading addiction have become more common in recent years, especially due to the influx of retail investors as a result of easy access via various online exchanges.  The pandemic has served to exacerbate this issue as individuals turned to day trading as an additional source of income during lockdowns, and the issue has persisted thereafter.

Addiction specialists consider day trading addiction to be classified as a gambling addiction, and subsequently is diagnosed and treated as such.  However, more research is needed in the areas of day trading addiction and cryptocurrency addiction for better addiction treatment practices and outcomes.

Day trading addiction can also be referred to as problematic day trading (any day trading that results in a life problem), binge day trading (any excessive day trading that is isolated to certain periods of time be it weeks or months apart), compulsive day trading, or pathological day trading.

Beyond Mere Financial Loss..

The obvious consequence of a day trading addiction to stocks, cryptocurrency, Forex or other instruments is financial loss, but the repercussions of a day trading addiction or cryptocurrency addiction can be far more pervasive.  For starters, financial loss in itself is correlated with depression, low mood and suicidality.  In fact, of all the various forms of addiction that exist, gambling addictions have the highest rates of suicide, and therefore day trading addictions are an issue that individuals should not take lightly.

Individuals can find themselves in such a deep financial hole that they come to feel hopeless and helpless.  Due to the high rates of suicide among this demographic it is imperative that individuals who struggle with a day trading addiction or cryptocurrency addiction seek out professional help immediately, or call 911 or 988 if they feel they may harm themselves or someone else.

Beyond mere financial loss, consequences of problematic day trading or day trading addiction may include but are not limited to:

What Are The Signs of a Day Trading Addiction?

Individuals who experience a problematic relationship with day trading are likely to progress in their addiction without an awareness of their issue and a desire to stop.  As such, it is important to recognize signs of a day trading addiction in order to address the issue immediately before it gets worse.

Signs of a day trading addiction may include:

What Can I Do If I Have A Day Trading Addiction?

The first step to addressing a day trading addiction is an awareness that day trading is problematic for you and a desire to change that behavior.  With awareness and desire established, there are many steps you can take on your own or with support to moderate trading or abstain from trading altogether.  Attempts at moderation often work best with a period of abstinence for at least 4 to 12 weeks, but in many cases moderation is not practical or feasible.  Some constructive steps you can take to resolve your day trading addiction may include, but are not limited to:

If day trading is excessive and causing impairment, and if an individual is unable to moderate or abstain from day trading on their own, professional help from a day trading addiction specialist or cryptocurrency addiction specialist is recommended.

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