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Some people enjoy going to the casino and playing the slot machines or betting on their favorite team to win the game. Gambling presents the illusion of easy money. Many people become addicted when they cannot stop and continue to gamble despite negative consequences.
Compulsive gambling leads to devastating problems with money, family, friends, and work.
In most cases, gambling addiction is associated with other addictive behaviors. Mental health disorders such as bipolar, schizophrenia, mood problems, and antisocial disorders are risk factors for compulsive gambling. Alcohol or cocaine addiction is also common with a person who is addicted to gambling.
When treating a gambling addiction, any coexisting mental health problems need to be treated simultaneously. Environment, stress, and culture can also play a part in developing and treating a gambling addiction. According to the Mayo Clinic, compulsive gambling involves persistent and recurring problem gambling that include several symptoms:
- Always thinking about future gambling experiences and ways to get money to gamble
- Repeated unsuccessful attempts to stop
- Irritation when trying to stop
- Escape from stress
- Gambling to win back money after losing
- Lying to hide the gambling addiction
- Risking relationships with loved ones
Compulsive gambling can lead to bankruptcy, poverty, and depression. Family members may experience domestic violence, assault, and abuse from their loved one who is battling a gambling addiction. Children of compulsive gamblers are at risk of developing depression, drug or alcohol abuse, and behavioral problems. An article for Psychology Today on gambling disorder states, “People with pathological gambling behavior often have problems with alcohol and other substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. People with pathological gambling behavior often consider suicide, and some of them attempt it.“
Even though a person struggling with a gambling addiction wants to quit, many cannot control their behavior without help. A physical and psychological exam will determine an accurate diagnosis for treatment. Mental health disorders can cause a person to act impulsively and lead to his or her gambling addiction. Manic episodes of bipolar contribute to impulsive behavior. Getting the proper treatment will help in the recovery process.
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