Gambling addiction symptoms are largely focused around gambling behaviours that can be described as driven, compulsive and hidden. Additionally, gambling addiction is associated with risk-taking behaviour and individuals who are addicted to gambling often become increasingly driven to put themselves in dangerous situations.
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Symptoms of Gambling Addiction
- You often gamble for longer than you had planned. Once you've started to gamble, you feel compelled to keep betting / playing until you've spent your last pound
- You are struggling to control your gambling. You consistently break promises to yourself to stop gambling
- You often gamble to escape your troubles or worries. You feel more 'alive' when you are gambling
- If you lose, you feel you must come back as soon as you can to win back your losses
- Your life revolves around gambling. Your time is spent gambling, or planning how and where you can place your next bet or play your next game
- You are suffering financial consequences because you are regularly losing money gambling at casinos, in betting shops or online. Funds needed for other purposes are diverted to gambling / placing bets - and other important financial matters are ignored or put off
- You have borrowed or stolen money, or sold possessions to finance your gambling
- Your gambling has caused you to lose sleep
- Your need to gamble is often stronger after experiencing conflict, frustration or disappointment
- You are concealing your gambling from your family and friends. You have lied to those close to you because you know they won't understand – or because you want your next big win to be a surprise for them
- You are doing less of the things that were important to you, for example, seeing friends or family, going out or enjoying hobbies
- You are increasingly preoccupied and withdrawn from those you care about
Denial is common and symptomatic of compulsive gambling, so you may deny that you have a problem both to yourself and to others, through:
- Minimising the impact of your gambling on your health, relationships and finances
- Concealing your gambling addiction from your loved ones
- Placing the blame for your compulsive gambling on other people or situations in your life, such as “I go to casinos or place bets because my life is so stressful”
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