Monday, September 25, 2017

Potential Mental Problems Each Gambler Shares

Every gambler who has a gambling problem eventually loses control over the amount of money and time he or she spends in gambling. They start focusing more on gambling and forget about all other duties and the damage that gambling can cause. This eventually can lead to mental problems.

Mental problems caused by gambling

1.    Depression and anxiety

Most gamblers who gamble too much have mixed feelings. They know that their gambling addiction is affecting the people who love them and they get more anxious and sad and they may even hate themselves. However the desire to gamble is so high that they can’t control it. They feel that they cannot do away with the money, time, and emotion that they have put into gambling. They find it difficult to accept that they will never recover whatever that they have lost.

There are others who try to quit gambling but it is not easy. They fear getting caught by their loved ones and this drives them into hiding and into dept. They go on believing that they will win huge from casino offers such as free spins and put an end to all their problems. This can lead to depression and anxiety.


Depression, anxiety and stress are common to both the gambler and his loved ones. This makes thinking, sleeping, and solving issues difficult. Symptoms and possible indicators of major depression include:

●    Losing interest in the things one used to love doing.
●    Feeling depressed, irritable, and down.
●    Difficulties in falling asleep, poor sleep, or sleeping too much.
●    Change in appetite.
●    Gaining or losing weight.
●    Feeling hopeless, helpless, or despairing.
●    Finding it difficult to recall things and thoughts becoming slower.
●    Going over guilty feelings from time to time.
●    Feeling tired, heavy and slow, or feeling jumpy and uneasy.
●    Feeling angry
●    Contemplating suicide.
●    Ulcers
●    Muscle pain

2.    Suicide risk

The rate of committing suicide is very high for those that gamble too much. The ones who are highly capable of attempting suicide are those who have also suffered mental problems like depression or use of drugs. Those that have threatened to commit suicide in the past are also at a higher risk.
 3.   Compulsive gambling

This is where a person seeks greater excitement while expecting a huge return for little or zero effort. Criminal thinking processes can exist in a person with such choices. They include:

●     Looking for huge payoffs for little effort.
●     Unrealistic expectations.
●     Lying by commission or omission to people who may hold them accountable.
●     Ignoring the consequences of one's actions.
●     Super-optimism in counting on an ultimate big score.
●     Betrayal of trust (for example, of workmates and family members).


Other mental problems associated with gambling include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder. These are serious problems which must be expedited for treatment. With the right treatment, gambling addicts can recover and become a winner for life.

This is a guest blog entry.

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