Gambling addiction is a type of impulse-control disorder. It has severe consequences to the individual and their families.
In many cases, gambling addiction is about the excitement, not the money.Typical compulsive (or pathologic) gambling symptoms include:
- Concealing gambling habits from family and friends
- Pre-occupation with gambling
- Loss of control
- Borrowing money or stealing to fund gambling addiction
- Loss of relationship with family and friends
Individuals suffering from gambling addiction typically deny they have a problem, but it is often obvious to their family members and friends. Accordingly, most compulsive gamblers only get treated when confronted or pressured by their close friends and family.
Think Psychological Services can help evaluate if you are suffering from gambling addiction and can implement gambling counselling and treatment plans to help you overcome this problem.
Like any addiction, compulsive gambling will get worse over time if not treated.