Gambling is when people stake money or other valuables in an attempt to win a large sum of money. It can be a fun activity, but it can also be very addictive and lead to serious financial problems.
In most cases, gambling should be enjoyed as a part of a balanced lifestyle. If you feel that your gambling is becoming a problem, seek help to stop it.
The symptoms of gambling disorder are similar to those of other psychiatric disorders. Mental health professionals use criteria based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) to diagnose these conditions.
Common signs of gambling disorder include:
Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve and desired excitement. Has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop gambling.
Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job or educational or career opportunity because of gambling. Has lied to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling.
Often returns to gambling after losing money and “chases one’s losses,” trying to make up for the losses that have been incurred.
Some gambling problems can be caused by social pressure, but others can arise from other factors such as family history. If you think that your gambling is causing problems in your life, talk to your doctor or a support group for help.