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Gambling A Behavioral Addiction

This type of compulsive behavior is often called “problem gambling”. It is typically a progressive addiction that can have many negative psychological, physical and social repercussions. Problem gambling is harmful to psychological and physical health. People dealing with this addiction can suffer from depression, migraine, distress, intestinal disorders and other anxiety related problems. Ultimately, severe problem gambling can lead to suicide. The rate of problem gambling has risen globally over the last few years.

Because of its harmful consequences, problem gambling has become a significant public health concern in many countries.

Gaming usually refers to gambling where it is legal to do so.

Symptoms of a gambling addiction

Problem gambling can become a progressive addiction.

Some of the signs and symptoms of problem gambling include:

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  • craving for gaming
  • depression
  • feelings of remorse after gambling
  • gambler feels the need to bet more money more frequently
  • in spite of escalating losses, the person continues to gamble believing they will recuperate losses
  • increasing financial debt (using income and savings for gambling, borrowing money, resort to gambling to meet financial obligations..)
  • loss of control
  • loss of sleep
  • person persists in gambling behavior in spite of growing, severe, negative consequences
  • repetitive unsuccessful attempts to stop gambling
  • rising obsession with gambling
  • stress related problems (migraines, intestinal disorders..)
  • when attempting to refrain from gambling, the person becomes restless or irritable

Gambling is not a financial problem, but an emotional problem that has financial consequences.

What can trigger problem gambling?

Anyone who gambles can develop problems if they are not aware of the risks and do not gamble responsibly. Gambling becomes a problem when behavior interferes with finances, relationships and the workplace. Often, gamblers take time to realize that they have a serious problem.

Many people who develop problem gambling are considered as responsible and dependable people. Often, there are precipitating factors that lead to a change in behavior, such as retirement, traumatic circumstances, or job related stress.

In general, it has been established that people with one addiction are more at risk of developing another. Some problem gamblers also find they have a problem with alcohol or drugs. They seem to have a predisposition for addiction. However, some problem gamblers never experience any other addiction.

Content Originally Published By: Medical News Today

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