Gambling Addiction

Mental Health Awareness

What is Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction is an urge to gamble. Despite negative consequences, gamblers have the desire to go out and gamble all the time. Whether financially or physically broke, gamblers cannot control this need to gamble. This is also known as ludomania.
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Signs and symptoms of a gambler

  • Feeling the need to keep it a secret
  • You have trouble controlling it
  • You gamble even when you cant afford to
  • Friends and family are concerned

Impact On Family

  • A parent who gambles may make there kids feel forgotten or alone
  • Many families run out of money
  • Violence in families are more common when they are in crisis

Impact On Society

  • Cant hold down a job or can not get one
  • People around you consider you less dependable

Impacts On Your Health

  • Loss of sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Causes stress and that makes you more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol to cope
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Causes Of Gambling Addiction

  • Excitement --> Rush to gamble becomes priority in individuals life
  • Filling a Void --> Gambling gives a sense of production
  • Stress --> provides a temporary escape

Support for Gamblers


Cognitive behavioral therapy assists a person into identifying thought patterns leading to replace them with healthier feelings.


Gamblers often take antidepressants, narcotic antagonists and mood stabilizer medications. Gamblers also usually suffer from bipolar disorder, ADHD or depression so taking medications for these sufferings can also lessen the need for gambling.

Support Groups

Support groups are a way for people suffering in a typical area to talk with one another. There are online Programs that also help people addicted to gambling.

Works Cited

-- Causes of Gambling Addiction. (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2015, from

-- Gambling Addiction and Problem Gambling. (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2015, from

-- How to Help Someone With a Gambling Problem. (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2015, from