Because gambling addiction is often associated with depression, watch out for signs that you are, or your loved one is, suffering from this debilitating disorder. Lethargy, fatigue, change in appetite and unhappiness are several symptoms out of many that someone is suffering from depression.
What gambling does to your body?
Negative health impacts
Multiple studies, including one in Ontario, have found that persons with gambling disorders have poorer self-reported health12–14 and report higher rates of stress-related physical ailments, including severe symptoms of heartburn and backache.
How does gambling affect sleep?
These results indicate that decreased sleep quality is seen in any form of gambling disorder (problem or pathological), but only pathological gamblers experience significantly increased daytime sleepiness relative to recreation gambling controls.
What are the signs of a gambling addiction?
- Being preoccupied with gambling, such as constantly planning how to get more gambling money.
- Needing to gamble with increasing amounts of money to get the same thrill.
- Trying to control, cut back or stop gambling, without success.
- Feeling restless or irritable when you try to cut down on gambling.
What problems can gambling cause?
According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, problem gamblers are more likely than others to suffer from low self-esteem, develop stress-related disorders, to become anxious, have poor sleep and appetite, to develop a substance misuse problem and to suffer from depression.
Can a gambler just stop?
In the same way that drug and alcohol addiction destroys lives, pathological gamblers who are addicted to gambling can’t stop even when they know that it is doing irreparable damage to their family and financial wellbeing.
Can gambling cause depression?
Excessive gambling often causes a multitude of emotional symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and even suicidal thoughts and tendencies. In extreme situations, these thoughts may lead a gambler to actually making an attempt to end their life.
What is a gambling addict?
Gambling addiction is the uncontrollable urge to continue gambling despite the toll it takes on one’s life. Gambling is addictive because it stimulates the brain’s reward system much like drugs or alcohol can. In fact, gambling addiction is the most common impulse control disorder worldwide.
How do you stop gambling when you’re winning?
The 10 most successful ways of overcoming gambling urges
- Plan ahead to avoid boredom. …
- Live your life one day at a time. …
- Do something completely different. …
- Rekindle an old hobby. …
- Be especially vigilant leading up to special events. …
- Find ways that help you cope better with stress. …
- Remind yourself that to gamble is to lose.
How do you help a gambling addict?
NSW Gambling Help Online – 1800 858 858
Anyone in NSW can talk to a trained counsellor about their own, or someone else’s gambling problem. Qualified and experienced counsellors answer calls and offer guidance to callers who may be in crisis. Counsellors help callers who are unsure if they have a gambling problem.