Are you dealing with a gambling addiction?
Compulsive gambling or gambling addiction is an impulse disorder. With this addiction a person may be aware of the consequences of their actions, but continue to gamble anyway. Gambling can be further categorized as a compulsive or pathological disorder.
Gambling can stimulate the human brain’s reward system in the same way that drugs or alcohol can, and can quickly lead to addictive behaviours. People with existing behavioural disorders such as depression or anxiety are at a higher risk of developing a gambling addiction.
Signs of a gambling addiction may include:
- Hiding your gambling habits
- Struggling to control gambling habits
- Gambling when you can’t afford it
- Borrowing money to gamble
- Using gambling to reduce stress and anxiety
Someone struggling with a gambling addiction will occasionally gamble to distract themselves from their problems, often feeling as if it will reduce their stress and anxiety. However, the negative repercussions of gambling may lead to prolonged feelings of stress and anxiety rather than reduced feelings.
Because of the growing accessibility of online gambling platforms and outlets, gambling addiction does not discriminate. People of all ages, incomes and cultural backgrounds are at risk of developing an addiction to gambling. If the addictive behaviours are not treated, they can be extremely detrimental to a person’s health, finances and career. As with any addiction, a person’s compulsive gambling can also directly impact their personal relationships.