Gambling

Addicted to

Signs

May include:

-Using gambling to escape yourproblems

-Lying about the extent of gambling

-Being unable to stop gambling

-Finding yourself reliving past gambling experiences

Risk Factors

This addiction is generally more common in males.

Other risk factors include:

  • Mood disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Family history of gambling
  • Drug abuse or gambling beginning at a young age
  • Certain personality traits (being compulsive, restless, easily bored, etc)

Causes

It is generally unclear what causes it, but some believe there may be a genetic component. There is evidence that shows those who have a gambling addiction have the same change in their frontal lobe as those who have a drug addiction.


Diagnosis

You may be referred to a mental health therapist who will ask about the following in order to diagnose you:
  • Medical history
  • Symptoms
  • Mental health history


Treatments

Main treatments are education on the addiction and how to overcome it, as well as group and individual therapy sessions.

Help Agencies

The National Council on Problem Gambling and many regional help agencies provide services for those seeking help for a gambling addiction.

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-There are four phases of a gambling addiction: The Winning Phase, The Losing Phase, The Desperation Phase, and the Hopeless phase

-It is estimated that 2-3% of people in America suffer from a gambling addiction

-Children of gambling addicts are more likely to develop stress, depression, and other mental disorders